Article on “Player Poaching” in Canadian Youth Soccer

@dmilrtime, one of Washington Youth Soccer’s followers on Twitter, linked us to an interesting opinion article about “player poaching” in Canadian youth soccer. The article’s author, Jason de Vos, posits that being a soccer player “is similar in many ways to being a student – good coaches are simply good soccer teachers.” The recruiting/shopping of players between clubs based on a player/parent trying to secure a position on the “A” team is like if schools recruited students based on promising them better grades, rather than encouraging the student to work harder to get the grade they wanted.

de Vos writes:

We place a significant emphasis on our children getting a good education in school – and rightly so. A good education is the foundation upon which a successful career is built.

Yet when it comes to soccer, we don’t care about the education of our players – all we care about is results. All that matters to us is whether or not our child’s team wins, and what letter sits beside their team’s name.

You can read the full article here. What do you think? Is this an accurate comparison? Do you see youth soccer losing its focus in your communities?


About Hillary Beehler

I'm the Organization and Member Services Director for Washington Youth Soccer, the US Youth Soccer charter association for the State of Washington. WA Youth Soccer serves over 125,000 registered players across all levels of play, from Under 5 to Under 19.
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