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Old 07-27-18, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Philly_Cat View Post
But that's not what you've been saying this entire time. You've torn down pretty much the entire current structure in the US, said anyone associated with US soccer is clueless, said all the clubs, particularly the larger ones and those associated with the DA, are just out for the money. Did I miss anything, because I'm pretty sure I've missed even more of your laundry list of everything wrong with soccer.

So when you come back with your big solution that's almost word for word the structure currently in place, it's kind of hard to not laugh at you. And then to say "it should happen beyond 18 is what I was adding" is disingenuous at the very least, and to be nice. But honestly it's complete crap, because it means we should all act like all of your other posts on this thread never happened and it's all in our imaginations.
Where have I stated anywhere that clubs, DAs, etc. are "just out for the money?" Show it. It's not there.

The structure is there, but it's fractured and only exists at the youth level -- in USYSA and another separate US Club. The structure should exist at all levels and not fractured. All in one pyramid with a clear player pathway.

If USSF was adding something of value, they would organize it ALL. See how that works? They've shown ZERO leadership in this. It wasn't USSF that did the structure, it was USYSA and US Club.

How confident would you be in sending your kids to a school, K-12 or college it doesn't matter, that did not have a curriculum, business plan, strategic initiative, etc.? How confident would you be in donating your time and money to an organization (DARE, as an example) that had no strategic plan on how to increase their message and reach kids about staying away from drugs? That is exactly where EVERY state association is and USSF. They have none of that. Never have. Quite frankly, most clubs are the same way. This all stems from ZERO leadership from USSF in ensuring and maintaining the quality and well-being of soccer in the United States.

If USSF was doing their job, we would not see a 2.7% drop in soccer participation from 2008-2016 (Aspen Institute). Or that study quoted earlier of a 14% drop in 6-12 year olds playing soccer.

Golf increased in participation, why? Because they knew they were losing numbers. What did they do? "Youth on Course" offered $5 golf at participating courses. More than 600 courses in 17 states began using this program. Football numbers decreasing. What happens? USA Football and NFL start embracing a pilot program transitioning kids from flag to tackle football. Smaller teams, smaller fields. Flag football numbers increase. Basketball numbers dropping. What happens? NBA and USA Basketball partnered to create the first-ever youth basketball guidelines. AAU, Boys & Girls Club, adidas, Nike, UA, and the NCAA all endorsed the guidelines. Tennis saw the biggest one-year jump in participation in 2016. Why? Tennis is a leader in embracing child-centric policies like smaller courts and equipment to greater emphasis on coach training.

Meanwhile, what happens in soccer? Silence from Carlos Cordeiro in the youth soccer decline. Columbus Crew ownership removes the small goals from their free mini-pitch that's been open to play during Crew games.

"Youth sports in general are fragmented and lack structure, so to say that grassroots basketball is at the top of the heap (with challenges) is really saying something." -- David Krichavsky, NBA VP of youth basketball development

From the NY Times article posted here: "In 2016, however, Mr. Rothenberg, whose father, Alan, was once the president of U.S. Soccer, said the federation told him not to promote its brand to the 250,000 Latinos who attend the club’s events, partly because Alianza had not produced what the federation thought was an elite player, partly because it was not a member of U.S. Soccer."
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