After the first pilot in junior grassroots leagues across England last November, the next edition of Silent Support Weekend will take place this weekend (25/26 Feb) to promote good behaviour on touchlines across grassroots youth football.
The return of the Silent Support Weekend gives another opportunity for the players to do the talking in junior grassroots football, with parents and supporters showing their support from the sidelines through applause only.
After the first national pilot last November, the FA received feedback from over 3000 people who participated, and have taken that on board to tailor the next Silent Support Weekend.
This time around the coaches will be permitted to coach throughout the match, with parents and supporters showing their backing from the sidelines through applause only.
This allows the players to not only step up, but feel they can get support from their coach if they need too.
The idea is that players can still receive support and guidance from their coach, whilst also encouraging them to talk more between themselves and support their teammates.
Less outside influence gives players more independence and the chance to practice key skills without instruction. It allows the players to identify areas for development and explore new tactics on the pitch, which all supports their own development of critical thinking and their playing journey.
We encourage all supporters to join us in backing the campaign and play your part on Silent Support Weekend.