Secret Junior Footballer - How social media has changed our game

The Secret Junior Footballers is a current player in one of the LDMC leagues
In thinks week’s column, the Secret Junior Footballer writes about how you can get all the local club action, without even getting out of bed on Sunday.

In thinks week’s column, the Secret Junior Footballer writes about how you can get all the local club action, without even getting out of bed on Sunday.

With the advent of modern technology, the junior soccer scene has become a very small place indeed. In years gone by you needed to pick up the Leader or the Chronicle a day or two later to find out the scores from the weekend and see who you were playing the following week.

It was a simpler time in a lot of ways, no constant hype and the rumour mill was non-existent really. You didn’t know who was signing for who until they showed up to play you and most of the cloak and dagger stuff was kept under wraps unless you heard about it in the pub.

That changed with the dawn of the Internet and the creation of the website foot.ie. Foot was a great place for a long time. A place where you could get up-to-the minute information about every aspect of the game from junior soccer in Mayo to the international side and people were nice to one another. With great power comes great responsibility though and the foot.ie bigwigs had moderators to quell any uprisings from the species of keyboard warrior known as ITKs - In The Knows.

Thefoot.ie ITK is a dangerous character. Don’t dare challenge him on any aspect of his club or you’ll be told in no uncertain term that you haven’t a clue, to put it mildly. The beauty, or the biggest drawback, of foot.ie is the fact that usernames are in operation, so you don’t know who you’re talking to unless they decide to reveal themselves or you figure it out because they post exclusively about Shane Clarke FC or Pike or Geraldines or whoever.

Now, the anonymity of the site saved the reader from rolling their eyes too often because the foot.ie ITK might be anyone, but Facebook has blown it completely out of the water with JR’s members only No Holds Barred page. Now anyone can post, but the game changer is that more often than not, you know for definite who the poster is. You might even be mates with him/her.

The point of this rather long winded description of the influence of the Internet on our little local league, is that the Secret Junior Footballer can lounge around in bed on a Sunday morning with no game and the kids away with their grandparents and get up to the second updates on every single game currently taking place, either on Facebook, Twitter or on foot.ie.

Want to know how Prospect B are getting on? Me neither but I can find out in seconds! Who just scored for Athlunkard? Nobody cares but someone will tell you straight away!

What a time to be alive! Some people use the Internet to change the world, we have it so Holly and Bisto can call one another Malaccas!