“Aiming to end Pay to Play and Play to Win”

Sept. 7, 2016
By Ahmet Guvener

The USA is the strongest nation on earth; nobody questions this fact. The USA is a melting pot of races and ethnicities that produces the best overall athletes in the world; nobody questions this fact either…

Men’s soccer is the sport of the world. But neither the men’s national team nor MLS is one of the best in soccer in the world. The men’s national team is ranked 26th in the world and MLS is ranked 18th among the professional sports leagues in the world based on revenue. Neither one is a success story…

The development of soccer starts at the lowest level possible. The reigning soccer countries went through a serious restructuring of their systems and harvested the results in 10-12 years. Germany is the best example; its reengineering project started in early 2000s and they won the World Cup in 2014…

For each age group, the first statement of the developmental philosophy is “results and standings should not be recorded.” Naturally, they will win and lose games and will be jubilant or heartbroken depending on the result, but the motto should always be “win or lose enjoy the game.”…

At those age groups based on universal development standards, you are not supposed to build up teams or focus on winning; at those age groups you should develop individual player skills while the kids enjoy the game. Some parents might say “we do not care about universal development standards,” but U.S. Soccer does care and should…

This is the result of the current U.S. youth development system based on pay-to-play system coupled with play-to-win philosophy. The sociological structure of the U.S. youth development system is a well-known fact.

Although there are scholarship systems in some youth clubs for the financially underprivileged kids, they are inadequate. For example, talented but financially disadvantaged Hispanic inner-city kids do not have the same chance to develop their skills as their white middle-class counterparts. Some of the parents of U6-U12 pay-to-play system kids might not care too much for the development of their kids’ individual soccer skills. They pay for them to play, so they want their kids to be happy. They feel and think that their kids will be happy if they win. Most of the time the parents are happier than the kids, when they win a game.  Since they pay for their kids to play, they like to hire coaches who train and tune their kids to win; similarly such clubs are managed by executives who share the same philosophy…

 

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