Paid Soccer Coaches: Worth the Cost
In many towns in the United States trainers have become the norm at the highest levels of youth soccer. As far back as 10 years ago this was not the case, but over the last decade the youth game has evolved.
While I don't doubt that paying trainers attracts more qualified coaches that have more to teach players, paying for training is a serious obstacle for many families and could put competitive soccer out of reach for many children. Any youth club using or considering using paid trainers should also try to provide some sort of scholarship system to make sure that anyone that has the talent to play is able to play, regardless of finances.
For example, leagues all around northern California have paid trainers at the competitive level, and even mandatory training session for less serious teams. As a result there are more talented players, but clubs without the proper resources face a serious competitive advantage in attracting top-notch players, which could harm overall competition in the long run as players migrate to more established clubs.
Having paid coaches also creates management issues. Who is ultimantely in charge and of what? Some issues to address are hiring and firing, putting together a game-plan for coaching the club as whole, and more.
While I am confident in the next generation of America's soccer stars and the trainers that have helped mold them, it is undeniable that youth clubs using paid trainers to coach their best teams must address a number of issues to make the program run smoothly.
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