It is not easy for modern children to explain that “backyard football” at one time was like a separate sport. Once this concept was an integral part of life, part of childhood. played at the place of residence, arranged tournaments in the format of “from yard to yard,” street to street.
Football was fond of it. And now remembering those yard fights, sometimes you wonder and ask questions. There were no normal balls – they managed with rubber. There were no special grounds – they played where you have to, where you could determine the gate. In the courtyards there were platforms on which there were ladders, swings. So they served as a gate. Or a couple of trees, or even just a pair of ordinary school notebooks! And the site did not have to be level. There was no special footwear or protective equipment – they played in sneakers, sandals, someone even barefoot. The main thing was to play! And to play late in the evening, when you really could not see the gate, the ball, or the players themselves. We played before the downtrodden, and we could wait for a long time … Such mass character gave the result how many talented children children watched during court matches! But, alas, over time, football in the yards, as a mass phenomenon, began to disappear.
On May 30, an important step was taken in Poltava to revive backyard football. More than two dozen teams from all over the region took part in the first stage of the All-Ukrainian championship in the courtyard mini-football in honor of the legendary football players of the past – Andriy Biba and Volodymyr Muntiann. At Dynamo stadium and at fields of Cooperative School No. 14Th, boys entered into the fight in two age categories — born in 2001/02 and born in 2003/04. Battles raged on the pitch. The tournament was attended by those guys who are engaged in football sections, and those who play just for themselves in backyards. Regulations allowed this. As the chief referee of the tournament Yuriy Marmach said the competitions help to distract children from empty pastimes. And if one of them in the future connects his life with football and will succeed, it will be just wonderful.
Well, on June 1, the final matches took place on the field of the Dynamo stadium. In the junior group, the team of the 1st boarding school “Molod” and Meteor (Youth school named after Horpynko) came to the finals. In the senior group, the players of the 1st boarding school and Barvinok-Vorskla also competed for the first place). The final matches were held in a stubborn struggle and let the score do not mislead the reader. There were tears of the losers and joy for the victors. Wictories were won by Meteor with the score 5: 1 and Barvinok with the score 4: 1.
Congratulating the participants of the tournament, awarding the winners, the President of the All-Ukrainian National Federation of Backyard Football Ilya Kiva noted that the tournament was a success. And let it be not the first step, but, a certain stage in the life of children. As the organizer of the tournament, Ilya Vladimirovich said he was was pleased that the tournament was at a good level and the slightest obstacle was the rainy weather on the day of the final matches and during the awarding ceremony. But, as is known, the match will take place in any weather and the guys with honor passed this test. The children are happy – the organizers are also satisfied. The winning teams won the right to perform at the second stage, which will be held in mid-summer in Kyiv. And the organizers plan to return to Poltava by the end of the summer and before the start of the academic year to hold another football tournament.
Legendary Dynamo Kyiv footballer Andriy Biba, in honor of which the contest was named was on hand to award prizes. Andriy Andreevich said that everyone knows the names of Shevchenko, Rebrov, and in fact their way to big football began with games in the yards. Also it is not terrible, that someone has won, and someone has lost. Do not get upset because of failures, you need to follow your dream, be committed to your cause. And, it is possible that in the near future success will come!
All would be well, but I can not help but dwell on the episode that happened during the awarding of the children of the senior group. Unfortunately, the players of the 1st boarding school who took second place painfully perceived their defeat and expressed their displeased rumblings with their rival when they called the Barvinok-Vorskla team for rewarding the players. The fact is that the victory is not difficult to rejoice, emotions will do their job. But to lose with dignity you need to learn! Well, if there were controversial moments in the game, so be it. Yielding to opponents in anthropometry. The Vorskla were more experienced and versatile and Molod could not stop them. Excessive rigidity and provocation did not help. There was buzz after the match — and this is not an indication of team spirit, but an indicator of impotence. So there is something to work on the mentors of the Molod squad.