The standard in amateur football has slowly been on the slide for years. In my opinion this is due to different generations coming through and amateur football not being at the top of their to do list so folk can take it or leave it therefor there has to be a carrot to attract the top players from whatever team wants to dangle it. The game has changed over the years at all levels and being in the transition period as a coach, seeing how it effects clubs, boys and coaches/managers has let me believe that without some serious commitment and forward planning in years to come then the whole amateur game will struggle to get off the ground. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I know x amount of really good lads playing Sunday football that used to play sat and don’t now for whatever reason, don’t have to train, easier for family reasons etc etc. Whatever way u spin it it’s gonna be tougher and tougher to keep lads keen and interested in sat afternoon football with more and more pull coming from their mates playing Sunday etc.