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Day: May 26, 2021

Youth Soccer in the United States

There are many avenues available to participate in youth soccer here in the US.  The largest organized group is US Youth Soccer.  They offer several tiers of play for young children through their teenaged years.  Many churches and communities also offer their own information soccer teams.

Pay to Play in Youth Soccer

Pay to play soccer is a phrase often used to describe the system in the United States.  It references the direct relationship between the level of competitive play and the cost of playing at that level.

Is Competitive Soccer Actually Elite?

At what point is a competitive soccer team still competitive?  Is it fair to slap the label of “Premier” on a club that has 5,6 or even 8 or more tiers of players in any one age category?  Clubs are businesses.  It makes good business sense to add as many clubs in a tier as the parents will support, but… is it really fair to the players?