Having a tough time; seeking advice. My son is 13 years old and -- if you ask him -- intends to buy his mother a home in Spain when he plays for Barcelona. In other words, the game is his passion. He is actually a really smooth player that has been recruited by other clubs in the past, but we've always stayed with the "B-level" club for which he is playing. He is a leader on his team and plays nearly every minute of every game. Recently, he has been recruited pretty hard by the 3-time State champion team that has an A-licensed coach that is (claimed) to be pretty well connected to various top-level college coaches. He would fit right in on the better team; they play a style of soccer that is in line with his skills. However, he has friends on his present team, I am involved with his club (as an executive board member), and his coach happens to be my best friend. I also think that there are larger life-skills to be learned: how to be a leader; how to deal with adversity; working to make a team better rather than jumping to play with a better team. My head says to keep him where he is because I think he is has more opportunity to develop in a well-rounded fashion (and I am a pretty loyal person). My gut says to give him the opportunity to play at a higher level (yet my gut aches when I think about it!). Does it really matter whether he plays for a top team (that plays pretty soccer) at this age with regard to future opportunities? Anyone have any words of wisdom? I just want to do what's best for him.