As of the first of January of 2017, no winner will be declared at soccer games for youngsters under 13 years old in the proud Monarchy of Sweden. So there will be no winner. In other words, no one will win. In soccer games. The chairman of the Swedish Soccer Association (SvFF) says that "there has been a lot of debate regarding children's sports, and we have chosen to follow our ethical documents" (translated by the Head Honcho). The ambition is to create a "nicer" environment during youth and children's soccer games. Again, the chairman (translated by the Head Honcho): "It is common knowledge that when there is too much competitiveness in children's sports it should be minimised." Comforting to hear that the decision seems to have been made on solid ground and hard facts ("common knowledge"). And we don't want to instill any competitiveness in our future athletes, the future defenders of our national pride, anyway. And it is not like competitiveness is a useful trait for citizens when competing in other areas of life. Why'd you want to be competitive if you are trying to sell a good or service, for example? When competing in the labor market? In the mating market? Makes us wonder when the government will start to cut little boys' balls off completely and be done with it.
We have played with the thought of approaching the Swedish Soccer Association about supplying uniforms at some point. Let's just say that that idea has been tabled.
We asked the head honcho for his thoughts on the announcement: "No winner is declared? Good idea. Good idea for women's sports."