Now that the fall soccer season is over it’s time for some of us ‘crazy’ soccer parents to take a step back and reflect.
Here’s a simple fact: no youngsters you know in youth soccer nor anyone you have ever watched or shared a tournament with all these years will make it to the top. This is a statistical certainty.
Here’s a full list of Arsenal youth academy youngsters over the last 15+ years and where they ended up:
Too much data for me to summarize here. You might want to take a few moments to browse around on that site.
Very sobering I think. Arsenal’s youth academy is highly rated, even amongst the elite clubs in the world.
Also keep in mind that very few of the Barca La Masia youth academy youngsters make it big in the end.
For some of you this is probably obvious already and you’re encouraging your son or daughter to participate in youth soccer for the right reasons.
But there are too many delusional parents out there that are behaving in ways that simply doesn’t make sense.
If you think you might be one of them please take a moment to take a deep breath and reflect on what truly is important for your son or daughter learning and playing this beautiful game.
We can debate what is considered ‘making it to the top’ of course. For example, it might be getting a soccer college scholarship which is quite a bit removed from the elite pro clubs, of course. But even soccer scholarships are not easy.
Keep a healthy perspective and make sure you focus on what’s truly important. Enjoy your time together with your children and make sure they enjoy the beautiful game…for a lifetime.