Trecker describes two very divergent philosophies in youth soccer today���the AYSO model which emphasizes group participation over ultra-competitiveness and the ���select team��� track based on the Olympic Development Program which stresses player development over personal self-esteem.
It���s a fascinating article about what the primary focus of U.S. youth soccer should be. Do those two visions necessarily have to be in contradiction? Can you provide solid player development at the youth level without creating ���club teams��� that require a significant financial commitment on the part of parents? And what effect does this have on the development of American professional soccer leagues in the future?