Organisation of festivals
Duration of the festival
We should consider the total exertion (effective playing time) per age category by taking into consideration the children’s physical, physiological and mental characteristics
- 6-8 years: 45-60 minutes of exertion (1 hour)
- 9-10 years: 60-75 minutes exertion (1 hour 15 minutes)
- 11-12 years: 75-90 minutes (1 hour 30 minutes)
Example: festival with 2 pitches and 4 workshops for 9/10 years
- Total number of activities = 6
- Maximum exertion = 60-75 minutes
- 60-75 minutes divided by 6 = 10-12 minutes per game and workshop
The grassroots festival takes longer to organis as the procedures are different from the tournament. Rest time is normally given when teams rotate from one workshop or pitch to another, as well as during explanations and demonstrations by the coach-educator. In some cases, due to climatic conditions, a longer period of rest should be given to allow the children to drink water and recuperate.
In such cases, a break can be held halfway through the festival. The duration of the break varies and is decided by the organiser. Coach-educators also need to rest because a whole festival can last for two or three hours, and even longer if there are a lot of children and the festival is organised through various rounds.
Here are some indications of the duration of activities during festivals with different configurations in respect to different age groups and the size of the festival.
|Configurations||Pitches & workshops||Activities||Total activities per team||Rotation||6-8 years 45-60 minutes||9-10 years 60-75 minutes||11-12 years 75-90 minutes (li)|
|6 teams||2 pitches 2 workshops||4 small-sided games 2 technical skills||6||->||7-10’ per activity||10-12’ per activity||12-15’ per activity|
|8 teams||2 pitches 4 workshops||4 small-sided games 4 technical skills||8||->||5-7’ per activity||7-10’ per activity||10-12’ per activity|
|10 teams||3 pitches 2 workshops||3 small-sided games 2 technical skills||5||-> <-||9-12’ per activity||12-15’ per activity||15-18’ per activity|
|12 teams||3 pitches 3 workshops||3 small-sided games 3 technical skills||6||-> <-||7-10’ per activity||10-12’ per activity||12-15’ per activity|
|16 teams||4 pitches 4 workshops||4 small-sided games 4 technical skills||8||-> <-||5-7’ per activity||7-10’ per activity||10-12’ per activity|