Touchline Shouting

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Touchline shouting, that’s all I ever hear,
I’m so confused and filled with fear.
I’m only ten years old and football should be fun,
But with all this noise I don’t know which way to run.
“Get back in defence!” my manager shouts.
Dad shouts, “Get up front and deal with these louts!”
Loud mouth supporter, who knows all the rules.
(He takes the rest of us for fools)
Shouts, “What are you doing lad? Your head’s in a spin!”
Is it any surprise, with all this din?

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 I am only a boy, so why do you all try to destroy, what I’d love to enjoy?

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 FOOTBALL SHOULD BE FUN!

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 ——————————————————————————–

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 © Simon Icke

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0  


As a parent, junior football coach and a youth team manager , this poem was written on behalf of all young boys and girls everywhere who would like to have fun whilst learning the game of football.( If only parents, adult family members and managers and coaches would let them.) This poem was first published in Aston Clinton Schools anthology of poems. ‘Poetry in Motion, Football! Football! Football!’ Published Nov 1998 by Simon Icke. Priced £2.99 plus postage. ISBN 0 9534562 0 X ( now out of print )

This poem was also written from my many observations of parental adult behaviour on the touchline when watching their child training or playing in a junior football/ soccer match. But the positive message to touchline adults could apply to other sports not just football. This poem had been used by many football/ soccer associations and junior football clubs to try and improve their behaviour when watching children play sport. Where it had been shared and published it has had a significant positive effect on touchline behaviour. Simon requests that anyone wanting to use his poem or publish it online or their club magazine etc that they be sure to give Simon full credit for his work i.e. directly following the poem…by Simon Icke UK.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/touchline-shouting-2/