Club Soccer--The Full Contact Team Sport

Beth likes soccer, and she's pretty good. A few years ago she started playing soccer with the boys at recess, and then we noticed that she was scoring 3-5 goals a game in the recreational league.  And she had some friends on a Club soccer team who said, "Hey, c'mon out!"  So she did.  And after 17 years of vigilant resistance, I became an official "soccer mom". 

I think many players have great experiences on Club teams. Good coaching, clean competition on the field and team commaraderie are great for a player. But Club teams are generally every expensive, very demanding, and have heavy time and travel pressures. And they are competitive. Let's just say, when parents are forking over $1,000 /per season plus $200 in uniform costs (hey, they HAVE to have the team sweats so add $85) plus an average of 2 hour travel time 3 times a week for practices, and travel to required tournaments several times a year...you can imagine the expectations on the sidelines.

And then there's always the parents who think they are developing the next Mia Hamm or that their kids will be scouted for a shot at an NCAA women's team scholarship or something. And I'm sorry to say, many Club soccer organizations play on that dream and rake in the bucks.

Each team has 15 players. That's $15,000 PER TEAM per season. The club pays out the coaches, pays field access fees and still I'm sure the club walks away with at least $5,000 per team per season. Most leagues have at least 10 girls teams and 10 boys teams. Now we're at $100,000 per season.   There's Fall season...and Spring Season...so Now we're at $200,000 per year Profit.  I'm not saying this to be a bitch, but as context.

CLUB SOCCER IS A BUSINESS.

So my eyes were open, and my expectations were set. This was a business, and there would be alot of parents on the sidelines thinking they were investing in their players "shot" at NCAA soccer team scholarships.  What surprised the hell out of me is what length these parents would go to...





Comments:

hi.
i was looking around for sun related stuff. but this sounds kind of strange to me, so i would like to comment. i'm a member of the management of a small soccer club in germany (approx. 500 members). annual fee for members is about 30 euro (approx 30$). families pay 60 euro max. this includes soccer shirt (complete equipment w/o shoes), training, use of facilities and of course all teams play in regular competitions. the senior teams have a payed coach, junior teams are coached by senior players or parents. in germany there are about 11 regular leagues (from "1. bundesliga" to several regional leagues). and it is quite common that good players even in the 7th or 8th league get paid by the clubs (not much, think of pocket money or fare). as you can imagine, i was surprised reading your comment. but finally soccer is a passion, and who counts money for passion :).
greetings as
ps: excuse my bad english

Posted by as on March 15, 2007 at 03:00 PM EDT #

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