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Last Updated: Saturday November 22 2008 09:58 GMT

Will barriers at kids' football help control fans?

Ricky with one of the barriers

Pushy parents and over-excited footie fans who crowd onto the pitch during a match could soon be a thing of the past.

The Football Association has created 'respect barriers' to help keep fans back and take the pressure off the players.

So do rowdy parents bother you when you're playing in a match, or do you think seeing the crowds on the pitch add to the atmosphere?

Do you think the respect barriers are a good idea? Will they work?

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"I think it won't work because the parents and managers could just rip them".

Caroline, 10, Manchester, England"

"Maybe once fans have seen the barrier they might think twice about what they're doing!"

Kirsty, 8, Southampton, England

"I think that it's a good idea because a lot of people shout at their sons and daughters."

Byron, 9, Barnsley, England

"I have been playing football for most of my life but when my school mate shouted "You're rubbish" when I didn't get a ball in I was put off playing! I think barriers are a good idea to stop pushy parents getting onto the pitch."

Rebekah, 8, Southampton, England

"I don't like it that parents shout at children and are angry. Please respect the children."

Rolf, 12, the Netherlands

"I don't like it that parents shout at the children that play football. They shouted out me too but my parents don't. Why aren't all the parents like mine? That is the why I like the respect line."

Simon, 12, the Netherlands

"I've been shouted at by some parents. Not only my own parents. That's why I like that respect line."

Hidde, 12, the Netherlands

"It's a very good idea to make a respect line; now children can play for their team and not for their parents."

Michelle, 13, the Netherlands

"I think that's a good idea. I play hockey and I have a coach who gives the necessary instructions. But there are some parents on the side who interfere in everything! Give children back their game!"

Emma, 12, the Netherlands

"I think that those respect lines will work because the parents or the other ones who are shouting can't come close to the field, and they will see the word 'respect' and they will think about it."

Tobias, 12, the Netherlands

"I think that barriers will not help. They'd be better sending the police!"

Fenna, 12, the Netherlands

"These fences do work. I have played on pitches when they were up and the mums and dads had to stand behind them. It is much better than when we didn't use them because now they can't go onto the pitch when we are playing. It really makes a throw in easier."

Oliver, 9, Rochdale, England

"I think that the parents etc. add to the atmosphere but would a barrier stop people?"

Cally, 13, Norfolk, England

"I am quite surprised that it has come to the stage of having to put barriers at kids' football games. The crowd should just support the team and not create any trouble. It is a thing of the past, especially at a kids' football game."

Calum, 12, Scotland

"The respect barriers won't make a difference because the people can still shout and scream rude words and they can still fight with each other."

Katriona, 9, Slough, England

"I think that they are a good way to keep the referee from being hurt or abused. I think that it's stupid that parents get so worked up over a game of football!"

Martin, 14, Plymouth, England

"It's not a good idea because they're not going to stop people shouting abuse from the sidelines and if they're that angry I'm sure they will climb over or under the barrier!"

Marie, 12, Cambridge, England

"I think it is a good idea because it will help not waste a lot of time between the referee having to listen to people saying whether he has made the right decision or not. However, it is also a bad idea because it is stopping other parents supporting their children and others."

Victoria, 12, Hampshire, England

"I think it is an OK idea but it will be annoying when you have to keep ducking under the barrier if the football goes wide!"

Reuben, 14, Folkestone, England

"I think it is a good idea. It will stop drunk people running on to the pitch."

Anisah, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I think it's a bad idea because it might distract the players."

Abi, 12, Worcestershire, England

"The barriers will make no difference, football needs to learn a thing or two from rugby, as this is a civilised sport without the hype."

Seth, 13, Peterborough, England

"I think it would, because when I play football all of the mums and dads walk onto the pitch."

Morgan, 12, Manchester, England

"It's a pointless idea; parents can simply shout over the barriers! Or just duck under them!"

Bethan, 14, Gloucester, England

"I think they will help a bit but it will be hard for managers and team-mates to give tips. Some managers step onto the pitch."

Matthew, 9, Oxford, England

"I've been playing football for seven years. Last season a parent from another team shouted something mean about me. I was really hurt and hadn't really enjoyed playing football since. I'm happy that the leagues are doing something about it, but would a plastic barrier really stop people from shouting?"

Kyra, 14, Pontypridd, Wales

"I think that the barriers are good because when I am playing for my football team there are some adults that take the game too seriously and they start to say inappropriate words to the ref and other teams."

Raffi, 12, Middlesex, England

"I hope they work, last season someone's parent came on the pitch and hit the referee."

Matthew, 12, Ealing, England

"I think this idea is great because the kids shouldn't feel guilty when they miss a chance."

Thomas, 13, Berkshire, England

"I think it is quite a good idea, I think the people who are silly at a football game should be kicked out."

Amelia, 10, West Sussex, England

"The barriers look good, but we have used something similar for a while now."

Kerry, 13, Oxford, England

"I don't think it will be a good idea because not all the fans do it and they do not always put pressure on the football players."

Sophie, 12, Gloucester, England

"I'm not really that bothered about this idea."

James, 11, Macclesfield, England

"I think parents and fans need to stop pressuring the players."

Linda, 9, Bath, England

"I think they will work. I've played a match before where loads of people, including some people I did not know, turned up shouting."

Charlie, 9, Bedfordshire, England

"I think that the barriers are good because there will be no riots at football games."

Emma, 11, Lincoln, England

"It's not the Merseyside derby."

Liam, 9, Halton, England