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This is a Jeux Canada Games year ... I almost forgot. Interesting the event is a 1995 birth year (U18?). I'm a fan of this type of system of getting the elite players together for some serious competition. Shame it only happens every 4 years. The first thing that I'm noticed in my tour around the Provincial Challenge Cup Senior Leagues is the presence of the CG teams in NL, NS, NB & PE playing with the grown men and not getting shut out. Some wins, some goal scorers and some experience for defenders. But, that's where it seems to end. QC, ON, MB all seem to have selection camps ... SK is only fielding 2 U18 teams in their provincial league (senior men? HUSA Alumni ... again?) AB & BC selection camps also? Listening to some of the pundits recently talk about the young boys playing against men (CSL old or new) greatly advanced their soccer learning curve and soccer IQ. So, I guess, I couple of questions. Has Atlantic Canada got it wrong? Are they getting these teams into the senior men's leagues because there is nothing else. Why are there not U18 or U20 teams in the senior men's leagues all across the country? Would this not be a good option for Academies? Seriously, the CSA wants some sort of National D-3 league, this is another source of teams to fill these spots. The provinces are funding these teams to a degree already so why not make it a longer term endeavor rather than a once every four years task?
After working with youth soccer players between the ages of 15 to 20 years of age, it is evident that our soccer system is not serving their needs well. We need a proper scouting system for our top players, and a strong network of business professionals who have contacts both locally and abroad in leagues to allow our young players the best opportunities to go pro. Europeans are now more than ever interested in our Canadian players, due to our work ethic, our positive attitude, and our willingness to always improve. We are top in the world in hockey--- it's time to do the same with soccer. I work closely with northern Italian clubs and I can tell you they are more than happy to see our youth players. See more at www.player2prosports.com
I didn't know this was happening but I think it's awesome! http://canadasoccer.com/news/viewArtical.asp?Press_ID=4541 I think it's about time Canada got on board with the rest of the world on one of the best games for skill development there is. In the book "the Talent Code" author Daniel Coyle attributes much of Brazilian players' skill to playing futsal when they were young. http://thetalentcode.com/book/ Not to mention it is played indoors which is great because one can play in the winter. does anyone have any more information on this? is there talk of setting up youth or adult leagues?