Apparently Adult 11v11 football is dying. I disagree. For the match winner, @grant1932, and his @doddingtonutdfc teammates, this dramatic victory was the pinnacle of their season, and might, just might, be the trigger for life long memories that keep many (if not most of them) playing for many years to come.
Let’s not be complacent and think that everything in adult 11v11 football is rosy. Overall team numbers are declining, squad sizes are huge compared to previous years and there remains a negative narrative around both the culture and state of the 11v11 game. I believe it is time to change and challenge that, and I see significant evidence of engagement by so many with the 11v11 game on social media (focusing here on Twitter in particular) to give optimism that there is life in the traditional game yet.
Champions of the grassroots game like @TonyIncenzo really help to showcase 11v11 and highlight the scale and sheer joy that so many people experience from it.