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The governing body of youth football in America has today admitted that it's planning on working with the Texas Youth Football Association in response to the documentary series called 'Friday Night Tykes.'

The series aired for the first time on Tuesday night, and highlighted the pressures that are put on young children in Texas who want to play youth America football. 

It was particularly the language used by parents during the documentary which struck an unpleasant chord with the leaders, who say that it does not reflect the core values of their organisation. 

Speaking to USA Today, Steve Alic of the USA Football explained, "Youth coaches by nature are role models, and the language and scenes in Esquire Network’s “Friday Night Tykes” are in sharp contrast to USA Football’s core beliefs and what is taking place on the majority of youth football fields across the country.

"Football and youth sports in general provide meaningful learning opportunities, and it is vitally important that the right individuals have the training necessary to teach our children these lessons."

"We are pleased that the Texas Youth Football and Cheer Association will attend our National Conference in Indianapolis from Feb. 21-23."

Texas is notoriously passionate about American football, and using this as an example for the way all young players are treated would be misguided. 

The documentary does, however, provide a stark look at the way things are in Texas, and US Football certainly has plenty of work on their hands. 

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