Few parent want to see Vert Shock their child dead or turned into a vegetable at a young age and publicity about the seriousness of contact sports injuries is damaging their future. Those with foresight have opted for other sporting activities, such as bike riding, golf, hockey and such for their children that take a less aggressive approach to winning.
While parents love to barrack a good footie game from the sidelines they can also be quite annoying in their enthusiasm and this can also result in brawls. Games have had to be stopped when an upset parent invades the field and takes on an umpire. Those who are brave enough to regulate such a game are often targets that may lead to long term depression or worse.
All in all football is an exciting gladiatorial type of sport that can be extremely violent and it can also lead to conflict among players if not supervised properly. Good sporting codes try to eliminate such problems but may in the end be spoiling the aspects of the game that people love to see. A real head to head battle on the field should involve only the ball but the reality is unfortunately much different.