Los­ing footie teams to get ex­tra player


FEVER PITCH Footie match PLANS for youth foot­ball teams to field ex­tra play­ers to pre­vent the hurt of get­ting thrashed have been slammed by par­ents.

The “power play” lets teams los­ing by four goals or more bring on an­other player and even add a 13th if they still ship goals.

But par­ents have at­tacked the FA’s scheme.

Brent Pet­tit said: “We are grow­ing a na­tion of pam­pered play­ers that will not know how to com­pete.”

Mark Broughton added: “Com­pe­ti­tion means you have win­ners and losers. Kids need to know how to deal with both out­comes.”

But the FA has de­fended the na­tion­wide scheme for teams from un­der-six to un­der-11, say­ing it would help main­tain the morale of youth sides that get thrashed reg­u­larly.

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