Thursday, July 19, 2018

I either want local or I want elite

A while back DJ Charlie Blac made a guest post about the USSF Presidential Election for us... last week I posed a screen shot of something that he had written on Facebook and it has sparked quite the response.

I really think that he brings up points that should make every person who has said "the way MLS is ran was necessary to make sure it survived" analyze their thought process behind that statement.

Keep speaking up on social media and make sure you use the #ProRelForUSA hashtags when you are speaking about not only promotion and relegation but reforming the system in any way!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How the USSF's Professional League Standards hinder reform

A common refrains from anti-#ProRelForUSA advocates is..

They just need to start doing Pro/Rel if they really want to do it. Thing about that is... the USSF's Professional League Standards (PLS) make it not possible to pull off movement of clubs up and down the ladder of D1/D2/D3 as it is currently structured by the USSF.

In my opinion and others (READ THIS GREAT MIDFIELD PRESS ARTICLE and THIS ONE)  it is going to take working outside of the USSF PLS system to start to create a pyramid based on merit. Hopefully those with the money to make it happen finally can see what so many of us have known for a long time. The system is rigged against those who want to see results matter more than expansion fees.

Keep speaking up on social media and in the stands! Make sure you use the #ProRelForUSA hashtag every time you engage in a reform minded conversation so that others can see and join in!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

MLS Revenue From Pay to Play Youth Soccer and the DA

A while back I read an article about FC Dallas making $15,000,000 per year off of their pay-to-play youth academy that features 5,000 kids.


I just haven't been able to stop thinking about this question...

What is the real purpose of the DA system in the US? Is it to create a better development environment for youth players or is it to aggregate the best paying customers in youth soccer in to the academies of the largest names in the biggest cities in the US?

Those academies would just happen to generally be MLS ones...

Let's take for example the Chicago Fire Jr's system. They have 16,000 players in their pay-to-play system from all over the country! How much revenue is this generating for the owners of the Fire?

Colorado Rapids have 4,000 kids... just those two teams make 20,000 more players.

I'm sure that these kinds of numbers are not unique across MLS. MLS owners are generating HUGE amounts of revenue off of the pay-to-play system of youth soccer in this country.

This expense and its reasoning attributed to Don Garber (IN THIS ARTICLE)...

"Ownership groups are starting to ask their front offices for more return on the investment. MLS commissioner Don Garber has said MLS teams spend north of $50 million per year on academies, with an aim on that money eventually bringing a return to the first team."

Seems to be a little bit off... the ROI is not in players for the First Team, but for money on the bottom line.

The DA system was created by the USSF in 2007 and we can see in about a decade MLS has turned this in to a huge piece of their model for profitability. I don't think it is an unfair question to ask if Pay-to-Play youth soccer is the most profitable part of MLS? Or even if it is the largest part of their revenue?

We need system reform in the United States if we ever hope to get out from underneath this system that depends on youth players parents paying exorbitant fees to play soccer.

Read my article on how it is impossible to divorce Pay-to-Play from #ProRelForUSA here.

Please keep speaking up on social media and calling for #ProRelForUSA!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How the rest of the world operates leagues

The purpose of the blog is to educate, to myth bust, and to answer commonly asked questions about our system in the United States and the rest of the world. There is a common misconception that when our seasons are and how they are structured is just a choice that is/can be made in a vacuum concerning the global context of the game. It can't...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

American Clubs vs Global Clubs

If you are not following Daniel Workman on Twitter. You absolutely need to be...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Every Community Matters

Last week I took a trip to McDowell County WV...

I know that #ProRelForUSA = HOPE.

Every community big and small deserves the ability to dream. Every child in this country who loves the sport deserves the ability to be able to dream about their place in the sport. Continue to speak up for lost and forgotten communities in this nation and advocate for #ProRelForUSA and #ReformUSSF.

To rob all opportunity from clubs, players, coaches, fans, communities, and owners in the attempt to create parity and security for the top few teams/owners.... seems un-American.

Happy July 4th everyone!