US Soccer not creating a true soccer pyramid with promotion & relegation.
- You want youth development on par with the rest of the world?
- You want our top flight pro teams at the level with the best in the world?
- You want the National Team to consistently be a legit World Cup contender?
Well, we need a soccer pyramid – like the rest of the world – where the best can rise and the mediocre get punished.
One of the things that has made our country so great is enabling ideas to compete with one another in an open market.
There are no monopoly entitlements granted so that one business presides over a market.
So for example, the US government does not entitle Google monopoly power over the mass search engine market.
No. Google’s product must live and die on its own merits. And the consumer (aka, the market) dictates that, not the government.
This policy of not granting monopoly power to any one business is awesome!
It breeds competition between ideas and their execution. It spawns innovation and grants freedom and opportunity for all who wish to enter the ring – it is arguably the best mechanism we have for enabling the true ‘cream to rise to the top’.
Hell, it is what gives legitimate credence to the concept of the “cream rising to the top”.
In the global soccer arena, the standard mechanism by which this is achieved is an open competition between autonomous clubs who can be promoted or relegated through divisions.
In our country, this is being denied to us.
We do not have an open market where people’s ideas and subsequent products live and die on their own merits through open competition.
Instead, we have a closed anti-competitive system.
We have a centralized command and control system run by a singular business comprised of a small aristocracy.
And they govern the entire soccer landscape with one single-party voice. In effect, soccer in our country is being controlled and represented by a monoculture.
Over the years, I have grown increasingly convinced that as long as US Soccer does not champion and then institute promotion/relegation, everything will continue in perverse mediocrity.
Again, promotion & relegation is the market mechanism by which ideas/products can openly compete. The best rise, the worst fall. This is what better incentivizes hard work and innovation. This is what gives the ambitious a means to rise to the top. This is what punishes the lazy, and the mediocre. This is what incentivizes investments throughout the landscape.
This captures the essence of the American Dream!
And guess what, in soccer, that’s the system the whole world has.
And yet, we don’t. We don’t have a more open, merit-based system like theirs … we have entitlements insulating a select – privileged – few from competition.
* And America (US Soccer), has instituted policy that rejects the American Dream!
There is No Pyramid
Access to Division 1 soccer in America is sealed off. And controlled by one single business, MLS.
You must also understand that this “league” is not simply a container which serves to host competition between self-governing and autonomous soccer clubs (ie real clubs).
There are no such clubs in our 1st division. These teams/organizations are franchises of a single centralized command & control business – a sanctioned monopoly.
What I’m going to start sharing with you this year, and the years to come, is how US Soccer’s current policy – the one which sanctions this monopoly – is at the very heart of all the problems you see in American soccer.
From the National Team level, all the way down to what’s happening with your 9 year old kid, can be derived from this one policy.
All that conventional wisdom regarding the “problems in American soccer”. Well, you’re going to see how it can be remedied by changing this policy and replacing it with one that is in line with the American Dream.
- Winning at all costs?
- Big, fast, strong bias?
- Gold standard coaching?
- College soccer stifling development?
- Larger pro contracts?
- Large TV ratings?
- World Class players?
- World class teams?
- La Masia’s?
- More expertise in our soccer media?
- A real and consistent World Cup contender?
- etc …
All that stuff gets addressed once we have policy that naturally incentivizes solutions.
A policy that stops entitling a few, and enables all people and organizations the opportunity to pursue their destinies on their own merits.
The market, not a handful of privileged shot callers, should determine what’s worthy and what’s not.
Make no mistake, this is exactly where the fight lies. And in the true sense of the word – a word I have never used here before – we have a REVOLUTION on our hands.
Choose to fight for the American Dream, or choose to reject it:
It’s up to you.