Wake Up America!

January 24, 2010 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

How long is it going to take us to realize that whatever we are doing to train our youth soccer players isn’t right? If you don’t believe me, just take a look at how our US team fares against other teams in the world? The ONLY reason the US even makes it to the world cup is because we have a very small division. I think only 1 or 2 teams in our region are cut from the WC qualifying matches whereas there might be 5 or 10 times that many that are cut from the European region.

America, I love you but you suck at soccer. If we ever hope to compete at an international level, we have to stop doing what we are doing to our kids. I know we love them. But we are only setting them up for embarrassing failures later on. We can’t continue telling them that they are good enough. It is time to raise the bar! Don’t measure them against MLS players. Measure them against the european or south american club players. Then, see how they rate. Parents, it starts with YOU! NOT the coaches and trainers who work with your youth clubs. Parents! Get your kids out the door to the parks to the streets! If you want to organize something, organize and teach kids that pick-up games, neighborhood games, small-sided backyard games are the real teachers! The teachers are other kids – older kids! Not coaches, trainers, or referees! Please! WAKE UP!!!

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