OPGS - It's only working for the white kids

Other People's Good Stuff (OPGS) -

because the internet is chock-full of great ideas and stories. You can't find and read them all, and I can't write them all, so I'm going to share this one with you..!

It's only working for the white kids - American soccer's diversity problem - published at TheGuardian.com last summer, this article talks in depth about how our youth soccer system does not produce the best possible national team, and why so many great American youth players don't make it to the higher levels of the sport.

My son has been playing soccer since he was little, in the suburban American "pay-to-play" system. The system produces some great players, but I wonder how many great players don't get produced due to the cost and limitations.

 

This story relates to youth soccer in America. It resonates with me because my son has been playing club soccer for a number of years (and we've been writing those checks for a number of years), and because I've often wondered about the economics of national-level soccer and why our national team isn't as good as it should be considering our nation's population and wealth..

I could talk around and around and try to explain how this topic relates to a monthly email newsletter, but let's be honest - I don't think it relates as much as I just thought it was interesting.

That being said, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic, and I'd love to help with your monthly e-newsletter. Give me a shout anytime.

- Chris Butterworth