Welcome To The Youth Soccer League Where If You Win, You May Just Lose

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The trend of the “pansification of the world’s children” has spiraled out of control. Back in my day, if you couldn’t compete with the other team, you got your doors blown off. And you got them blown off with dignity.

But not today. Today we have parents pissing and moaning that their kids got smoked by the kids that worked harder or were just better. You know what my parents said when that happened? Nothing. Nothing at all. The way it should be.

With that said, here’s an example of how it shouldn’t be:

In yet another nod to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa children’s soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default.

Yep. Pure, unadulterated, pansification.


The Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer league’s newly implemented edict is intended to dissuade a runaway game in favour of sportsmanship. The rule replaces its five-point mercy regulation, whereby any points scored beyond a five-point differential would not be registered.

Kevin Cappon said he first heard about the rule on May 20 — right after he had scored his team’s last allowable goal. His team then tossed the ball around for fear of losing the game.

He said if anything, the league’s new rule will coddle sore losers.
“They should be saying anything is possible. If we can get five goals really fast, well, so can the other team,” said Kevin, 17, who has played in the league for five years. “People grow in adversity, they don’t really get worse…. I think you’ll see more leadership skills being used if a losing team tries to recuperate than if they never got into that situation at all.”

The kids get it, why don’t the adults? All I know is my unborn children won’t play this type of pansification. So recreation leagues better beware.

Win a soccer game by more than five points and you lose, Ottawa league says (National Post)

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