Taken from Canada Soccer – Wellness to World Cup:
One element of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) that frequently stirs controversy is the recommendation to eliminate leaguestandings below U12. The controversy arises from the popular claim that standings, as well as league championships and trophies at these early ages,are essential to motivating young players to "compete".
The elimination of standings in children’s leagues is not intended to reduce the intensity of competition among players in a game situation. LTPD recognizes that playing with competitive commitment and
intensity is necessary to advance player development in ball technique, decision-making, mental concentration, and other skills and capacities.