Culture and Values
culture and values
The Maccabi Tel Aviv youth department emphasizes certain values for its players that will serve them beyond their football lives. These values were meticulously formulated by the youth department and are known as the "Values of the Yellow Soul".
"Family is forever. There's no way out. Even if you play elsewhere, your soul will always remain Yellow, because you do not switch colors. Our family teaches joyous football, and that's why we have the most fans; they expect us to love our football and show them our love. Great families are happy to help and they swell with pride when meeting for practice, games or special events. You will be respected as you honor the family veterans who have been working hard to maintain the Yellow family for many years".
"Integrity is making a conscious decision, every day, to treat others as you would like to be treated, even when it is easy to cheat. A Maccabist plays to score, not to absorb; he is tough, but not violent; stubborn but courteous and respectful of his rival. He enjoys success, but is not frightened by failure; he loves the rules and wins within them, even if they are not in his favor. Proud of every achievement, small as it may be, he seeks a challenge in every opportunity and is always hungry for the next goal, save, thrust, pass or victory. Integrity is a way to live right while filling your role as a winning Yellow footballer".
"In football, you must get the ball away from the opponent's area as quickly as possible and get it into their goal, but there is an entire team between you and the goal and other players on your team who want to be involved. Sacrificing is giving up the things that will get in your way to becoming a football great and a source of Maccabi pride. There's no need to invent it; many Yellow players have done it before and you can succeed if you learn from them".
"Yellow Maccabism isn’t someone’s property. Anyone who has to succeed and who wants to learn will find someone to team him. We pass on the knowledge of being a Maccabist from one generation to the next. Those who have already learned will pass on the knowledge to someone younger. Take seriously the advice you get and set aside the concern of being ridiculed. Anyone afraid to learn does not hear the truth. If you have left a practice session without learning something new, you must have scoffed the coach or a friend who gave you advice. Do you know it all? So ask to be taught. You must teach someone younger than you or a friend who made a mistake, but remember – teach at ease, with a smile on your face, and not with condescension and derogatory words. Be polite and forgive others who have not yet learned the meaning of inner peace".