The truth about D1 College Soccer

Collegiate soccer is huge in the USA but it gets virtually 0 media coverage- meaning it’s hard to actually know what goes on behind the scenes. Today I speak in …

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    In other countries Fútbol is literally played by everyone, but here in the states, you gotta pay to even have a chance of fucken playing. Reasons like this why the U.S.A will never win a World Cup. In other countries joining a club is free, which allows lower income players an opportunity to show their skills. U.S.A soccer is a joke.

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    Biggest problem I see, as a former D2 player myself, is too many "old-school" coaches with an old-school way of playing the game. Not enough focus on tactics nor is there a focus on recruiting players that have the necessary technical abilities, rather opting for players that are fast and strong (or that come from wealthy families). Who gives a shit if you can run a 4.40 if you cannot even control the ball properly or send in an accurate cross? Like, Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli were both slow as shit but were world class in their positions. Don't have to be a freak athlete to be a top player.

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    I honestly think I couldve made it far in soccer if it werent for these dumb aau clubs that charge you easily over 1,500$ easily for half a season ( average cost here in NJ) mind you these “top” aau clubs are well over 3,000$ for not even a full season. I was only able to play aau soccer my senior year of HS due to my mom and dad not making enough money at all. Yea the coaching is a lot better than your average high school coach but the money is just ridiculous. I got sat out for 4 games because the owner of the aau team was mad that my mom wasnt paying on time. My mom still didnt even end up paying all of it. They got to change the youth development in this country if they wanna improve which we easily could because this country has a lot of kids from immigrant parents that are actually really good at soccer but cant make it pro because of the money and also they want you to have good grades which is stupid.

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    wow this is so cool to learn! Personally im in 7th gred, 13 mid year and I play in longview for the Timber Barons! We just moved up into premier league gold, the highest bracket and weve so far won 2/ 2 games playing against some top teams of our age group in Oregon and Longview! Thnx sm for making this video I learned a lot from it :)!

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    Problem starts when guys think that being fast and strong is most important. Most Americans despite their control or ability they are not smooth to play the game. It is very bad to see 90 mins of game and everyone running all the time trying to get to the ball. Chill out, you can play soccer by collectively moving and blocking spaces and waiting for the correct time rather than running like chickens without head.

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    I think THE major reason that the US has not caught up to the rest of the world yet in soccer is that our best athletes are generally steered towards other sports like basketball and football from a young age. These sports are the most lucrative programs in any college or pro market, which creates a demand for the best of the best. Our basketball and football youth leagues are more accessible for lower-income kids (with scholarships available in many leagues). Our youth leagues are distinctly geared towards finding the best potential athletes from the inner city and giving them opportunities. HS and college basketball coaches don't care if you grew up in a single-parent home with 8 siblings sharing the same bed – if you can dunk and hit a jump shot, you're a hot commodity. It's just not the same with soccer. College soccer and pro teams in the US aren't generating the revenue that it takes to attract top talent and be viewed as a viable "ticket out of poverty". Those high-quality young athletes won't gravitate towards soccer because the money at the end of the journey just doesn't justify it.

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    I was born in Spain and never made it into my secondary (12-16)football team even, went to the US with a friend found a college team training, and joined a scrum when the coach wasn't in, goddamn you man are trash, please get better training idk what you guys are actually training and it might be just this team that was doo doo, but godamn….

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    If Recruits go to Miami they would see the amount of talent that is over there but academically they’re all very poor. Which diminishes their chances at any College.

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    I know I’m late to this video, but something that never gets talked about is Club Soccer in the US. There are so many big name D1 colleges who only have a Club team and they are really quite good and plenty of colleges that do have D1 teams have excellent club programs. Club Nationals is absolutely comparably to D3 at least, with a team like BYU being a legitimate top 10 D1 team stuck in the club division bc of Title IX. I’d love to give some info on this for a future video if you ever made one. A kid from UMass that was on the D1 team there actually came to my college as a master’s student and played on our club team and was a great addition to our program.

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    The college system (and sports in school in general) works well only if you have the best talent in your league, thus causing a positive feedback loop, where you have experienced players at high level bring back their expertise at lower ones. as coaches This guarantees that the competition is always high and that the kids always receives the highest possible level of training.

    In soccer that's not the case and all the limits of the college system emerge. Ultimately a good player in Europe, who receives professional coaching, will be ready to play at a pro level already at the equivalent of his freshman year. Furthermore, the talent in Europe is extremely more concentrated in a handful of pro teams. That means that the best, say, 1000 kids of each generation will be concentrated in ~20 teams that play against each other all year round. The next best 1k kids will be playing in lower level teams and so on.

    What happens in the US is the talent is extremely diluted (also coach wise) in hundreds and hundreds of colleges. That means that the overall level of competition is significantly lower than what it could/should be and that the best players do not get any benefit from playing at that level.

    This in general applies to all sport in which the US is not already a leader. A small exception has been volleyball, a sport in which the US has risen to top levels in the last decade. However, in comparison, there's a handful of high level college teams who "absorb" all talent (Long beach, Hawaii, UC Irvine, BYU, Ohio State), thus keeping the level of competition sufficiently high.

    Soccer instead "exploded" faster than the system could keep up with and now Division I is a mess of mediocre teams with the best players scattered across them.

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