ARE you a super-competitive mum or dad who will not tolerate failure by your six-year-old’s football team? Here’s how to intervene in an unhinged way.
Run up and down the touchline screaming like a lunatic
Kids’ football is just a bit of fun, right? WRONG. Run alongside the action shouting things like ‘CLOSE DOWN THAT BLOODY MIDFIELDER!’ they won’t actually understand.
Encourage professional fouls
Instruct your child to ruthlessly chop the legs from beneath players who might score as if they’re a Premier League player with a £19 million salary riding on it. Young bones heal quickly anyway.
Swear like it’s a real football match
Ignore any sense of place or normality and shout things like “FUCKING GET IN THERE!”. If the hapless little team loses, be sure to tell them they are a “USELESS BUNCH OF FUCKING WANKERS”, or worse.
Flip out and join in yourself
Rush onto the pitch and start playing really aggressively, scattering small children like an elephant on the rampage in a village. When you inevitably score, run around punching the air triumphantly. If another adult doesn’t intervene, lead your child’s team to a stunning 116-nil win.
Argue with the referee
Little Sara was CLEARLY offside when she was ineptly trying to kick the ball towards goal. Get right in the ref’s face and tell him he needs a pair of fucking glasses, even if he’s a kindly retiree who does actually wear glasses.
Deck a six-year-old
If a player on the other team annoys you, don’t let the fact that he’s six stop you getting into a bit of post-match argy-bargy with him. The other insanely competitive parents won’t criticise you, they’ll buy you a pint.