U16 GNT

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  1. soccerislife

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    I think I said this a while ago (unfortunately)....The Girls national team is now a (for the most part) a Monopoly. You wanna play in on our teams/system/ranks, you have too play GDA. It's great to see Norcal representation but 4 from one club (and yes they're a GDA club) and zero from other good clubs makes no sense-especially a club like MVLA. All of this is smoke and mirrors anyways...
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    Dont you have to be in ECNL club to be in their ECNL Conference Selection Programs? So it would seem every program has its upper tier exclusive to them.
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    I thought it was US Soccer--as in United States Soccer--not "GDA only Soccer". Unless I'm misunderstanding your point? If US Soccer starts pulling from GDA clubs only then they are going to do a lot of damage to the US Women's soccer team. Not just in narrowing the talent pool and missing some gems who can't or don't want to play GDA, but also from making the sport so exclusive that there is no audience.
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    Nope! The US soccer federation in which the GDA (boys and girls) are a part of, is the top of the pyramid. Think of the USNT as the top, then the YNT in the middle and GDA at the bottom of the pyramid. All of the youth and Adult national teams are a part of this. US Club Soccer and US Youth (think of them like the two bottom pillars of the pyramid) Soccer are both under the umbrella of the USSF, but not directly. The goal of the other two programs are to develop individuals for national team play. I found this just in case my explanation doesn't make sense....

    "US Club Soccer, like US Youth Soccer, is a member of the US Soccer Federation. Its mission is “to create, develop and grow the best U.S. Soccer Federation-sanctioned organization to foster the growth and development of club soccer programs throughout the United States."

    It gets confusing when you add NPL, ODP, PDP, ECNL and all the alphabet organizations that SHOULD lead to the national team. But what we're seeing (recently) is more GDA kids are being picked over non-GDA individuals as a whole because their direct ties to the USNT.
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    All of them are from the 2019-20 GDA clubs. They are sending a clear message that only GDA kids will be picked for YNT.
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    That's like saying the NFL will only draft form the Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC. That's stupid and won't work.
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    I so agree with you. The way you make a sport more popular is by making it more accessible and more mainstream, not the other way around. Kids are already turning away from soccer in huge numbers, the biggest decline of any other youth sport. Baseball and Football saw upticks in participation, soccer participation when down 14%. Baseball and Football and strongholds in the US, Soccer was trying to get there. If US Soccer doesn't deflate its ego and be more inclusive, they will kill the sport.

    I miss the local rivalries. If there was a way to try and bring that back I think it would be a move in the right direction. I'd love to see contests between top GDA, ECNL, and regular Comp level clubs. As long as a team is good enough to compete, why not? Then all of a sudden you've got 3 different avenues for soccer development. Imagine a club in a poorer neighborhood that didn't have a lot of money but did have a lot of talent. Wouldn't it be a blast to watch a team like that go up against an elite GDA team (or ECNL) and win? (I know, I know...that sort of thing only happens in the movies). Some form of allowing competition amongst a wider spectrum is the way to make the sport more popular and thus attract more talent, not the other way around.
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    While I don't think that keeping the YNT exclusive to the GDA will kill the sport, it will hinder the overall development in my opinion. Once kids get in college then it's open game. U-20 and up will not adhere to GDA vs. non-GDA clubs. I agree that the rivalries were the best. Mustang, Davis, MVLA, Earthquakes, De Anza, San Juan, Ekl Grove, placer, and then once in a while a VERY good team pops up out of nowhere. There's so much division with soccer right now it's almost embarrassing

    Here's a little food for thought though. I was curious, so looked up all of the parents from the WNT in France and wanted to see where they fit along the have's and have not's. 95% of them are white collard people with an lot of financial resources at their beck and call. It's really no wonder these players are where they are NOT only because they're good/great soccer players but because they had the resources to advance. In other countries in the world, the pay to play system does not exist as it does here in the USA. Until ECNL, GDA, PDP, ODP, etc becomes a free model, you will never fully get the true representation of what our NT's could look like. That's my soap box for the day lol
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    I don't think they care about picking the best players for YNT. As long as YNT does well enough, it will solidify GDA position over ECNL.
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    Well from what I just read, you're completely right. USA knows they'll have a chance at these kids after club soccer is over. But from what it looks like, non-gad clubs don't care much either. More and more clubs are leaving GDA every year. I'm just waiting for some snot nosed rich family sue the USSF for being a monopoly because their kid didn't make the national team as a teen and limited her scholarships...lol
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    Exactly.

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