My lasted problem with “The Problem with Youth Soccer” deals with the Pay to Play Model and how the system perpetuates the Problem. It is not always about the money for the clubs. Unfortunately the cost of doing business continues to increase and the more clubs that pop up, the more the problem persists. I don’t have the answer only details of some of the challenges that lead to the high prices that get passed to the parents.
It has been about a month or so since the US Mens National Team failed to qualify for the World Cup. There has been a ton of backlash about the current state of the game and about development. What I find completely crazy is how much the current climate is being blamed on youth coaching at the grassroots level. As someone who has been very active at this level, I will tell you that I have seen great progress over the years, not so much in the system or in the process but more so in the quality of training and the abilities of the young players. I recorded this little Rant a couple of weeks ago after getting fed up with the dialogue about Youth Coaching. Check it out on YouTube.