Welcome to 3four3. This is the first article being published here so I thought I’d provide a little background and explain the motivation.
By attaching the “2.0” to US Soccer, I’m trying to convey the concept that things have changed. Not in the “it’s all different now” sense, but more that this country has taken steps forward in its supposed aspiration to being a world power. However, there remains fundamental issues that need to be addressed for our evolution to continue.
Our goal is to help players, coaches, clubs, and members of the media get better. But it all has to start with being good students of the game.
What Has Changed in US Soccer?
To kick things off and give you a sense of the things we plan to write about, here is a touch of what has changed in our soccer nation:
- It is now the most played sport in the country.
- The infrastructure – in an organizational sense – has improved.
- The US Development Academy was formed.
The Big Problem?
- Typical American soccer media, and as a consequence their audience, only has surface knowledge of the game.
- The typical US coach, at all levels, does not have a rich understanding of the game.
- Our players who are counseled by their soccer-challenged parents, “trained” by their soccer-challenged coaches, and priced out of competitive soccer, never develop.
- Finally, and most important of all, our soccer system is not a merit-based one. As such, how one profits in the business of soccer is not aligned with sporting excellence.
The fundamental problem that must be addressed for American soccer to mature is one of education. All the other details that keep us down can start falling into place when we become an educated soccer nation.
We will give you the tools you need to properly contextualize the game and increase your “Soccer IQ”. Only then will you be able to take your game, your player’s game, your team’s game, your club’s game, and hence the American game to the next level.