What's the buzz in grassroots football?

Football. Never a dull moment is there?

Whether you’re the England manager or captain – remember them? – or involved in the game at grassroots level, football is never short of a talking point or two. And don’t we just love it!

The last few weeks have been no exception with incidents and talking points aplenty. And as ever, we’ve asked what you think as we try to gauge the mood of the real football public.

Here are the results of some recent Club Website polls, where we find out what you think about the big issues from across the spectrum of the game.

Support for the FA’s youth football revolution?

Last month the Football Association published their final proposals for the future of youth football in England, as brought to you here on Club Website.

Of course, we wanted to know what you thought of the proposals and, not surprisingly, the subject really got you going – again!

Just like this time last year, plenty of you wanted to have your say on the plans, while over 1,000 of you voted in our Club Website poll on the issue.

Almost half of you (44.3%) backed the proposals (26.5% strongly in favour / 17.8% in favour), while 31.3% of you didn’t agree with them (19.6% strongly against / 11.7% against).

Significantly, 24.4% of you remain undecided, which means that there are still plenty of hearts and minds left for Nick Levett and his colleagues at the FA to try to win over before the proposals are put to the National Game Board and FA Council this spring.

Have you made your mind up? Or are you one of the undecided? Tell us what you think in our comments section below.

What constitutes a bad tackle?

One of the hot topics of recent weeks has been tackling and, more specifically, what constitutes a dangerous tackle.

The debate reached a height following Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany’s red card for his tackle on Nani in the Manchester Derby (see below).

The tackle, which saw the player leave the ground before winning the ball with both feet but no contact on the player, really split opinion. So we wanted to find out what you guys and girls thought. Did Kompany’s challenge warrant a red card?

57% of you felt a red card was unjustified. 30% thought that it warranted a yellow card at most, while 27% didn’t even think it was a foul.

One in four of you (25%) understood the ref’s decision but thought the game had “gone soft”, while only 18% agreed that the challenge was worthy of a red card.

What do you think? Is it right that this type of challenge is clamped down on?  Or do you think tackling a dying art? Have your say below!

A yellow card for an imaginary card?

Less dangerous than tackling, but just as annoying to many, is the brandishing of imaginary cards by players wanting to get opponents booked.

Man City boss Roberto Mancini accused Wayne Rooney of talking referee Chris Foy into the aforementioned red card for Vincent Kompany by waving an imaginary card. To stir the debate further, the Italian then found his own imaginary cards twice over in the following week, in a classic case of ‘do as say, not as I do’.

Whilst not as prevalent in grassroots football as the professional game, invisible cards have been known to get brandished at parks and playing fields around the country, so we wanted to get your take on the matter.

We asked if the production of an imaginary card should be a punishable offence in itself.

A whopping three-quarters of our 3,000 respondents said yes, with 61% asking for a (non-imaginary) yellow card in return and 14% going so far as calling for a red card.

With only a quarter of you (25%) happy for this particular charade to go unpunished, we can sense a clamour for a change.

We’ll pass on the poll results to the powers that be but, before you get too excited about a possible change to the Laws of the Game, we’ll leave you with something to ponder.

How can a referee punish a player for waving something that doesn’t exist?

I mean, what if they claim to be waving an imaginary banana?


Join the debate!

We love our football chat here at Club Website and we know you do too.  If you want to get involved, just add your comments to any article that gets you going here on our news pages. Thousands of CW administrators see the comments, so you can really stir the debate, either here or over at Facebook – both great places for a bit of ding dong!

And of course, if you have a question that you’d like to put to the Club Website masses, make sure you let us know. We read every suggestion and will use the best on our Club Website polls.

So why not let thousands of football fans solve that argument you’re having with your team mate? Get involved today!

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  1. Paul on February 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Perfectly legal tackles and I dislike both the teams equally. Decisions such as these encourage players to take dives. Football is becoming as much as example of theaterics and whining as anything else. Wonder how the likes of Billy Bremner, “chopper” Harris and Bobby Charlton would fare today ?

  2. Paul on February 13, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Aloha !

    Second the comment of another Paul above ! 🙂

    Watching some of these over hyped and overpaid whiners makes me shake my head 🙁

    The media is partly to blame too !

    Good luck to the all the Vamps teams this season and stay warm ! :O


    Paul Perretta

    Vamps player in the mid- late 1960’s.

  3. Tony Birdfield on February 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Surely any tackle that is dangerous through neglect or intention should be classed as a foul. I watch premier league football regularly and there is some great football played. However sometimes I watch and think these guys should be playing rugger. I went and saw blackpool play at White Hart Lane last year. They could not cope with Gareth Bale and so they hacked him out of the game for some months. I see this in grass roots football where there is too much of an emphasis on tackling and not enough on the core skills CONTROL,PASSING,POSITIONING. The attitude is if you have not got the FINE skills of the opponent that its ok to risk his health goes against what I think of as good football.

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