Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ever heard about the Green Card in Soccer?


Nope probably not?

This is what is going on in Finnish soccer as they play their youth. As a smaller part of the long term athletic development (LTAD) they introduced a new card in youth games.

If I understand this right, they still use the yellow and the red card but they also added the Green card.

Now wait and guess - what a green card could be good for?

The green card is shown to players as they play soccer in a good manner with nice skills or show good fair play.
This is used as players in-between 6-12 years play soccer in Finland.
Yupp they have a black card too - that the referee picks up as the parents starts to misbehave.

This is only small things of what soccer in Finland do to build their base of players in the name of LTAD.

If the numbers are right - as I refer to them here - the tricks with LTAD in Finland have increased the youth Soccer participation with 44% over all and some 17% more females play soccer.

We will reveal some other tricks used in the name of LTAD in more posts, in a near future here.

Lets add a tag here too #youthsports

Maybe Floorball should do this card thing too for kids?

MB

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

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