..........another called off match.
With the UK having a sustained period of wet weather, is now the time to reintroduce the debate about grassroots football being played during summer instead? There are many pros and cons of changing to summer, a few listed here:
Better weather (in the UK, maybe)
Longer days - more matches
Kids can be outdoors longer
Reduced training costs as no need to go indoors
Clash with summer sports
Lack of pitches due to some being on cricket pitches
School summer holidays
The lists could go on depending on which side of the fence you sit. Personally, I don't mind the winter season, but for it to continue I think changes are needed. Maybe introduce smaller leagues and possibly a few weeks break furing Jan/Feb. Maybe this would be an ideal time for Futsal? It's already been introduced by SDJFL for U7-U9 so why not for all age groups?
The clash with summer sports is always a tricky one. This used to be an issue but kids have such a vast choice throughout the year now. It would just mean them making a choice, like they do at the moment between winter activities.
Football has always been a winter sport but maybe now is the time to reassess and maybe change the culture. What do you think?