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.
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?