One of the most contested debates in American soccer is associated with youth development around the question who is responsible for improving youth development and should we be more proactive or laissez faire? Personally, I’m in the camp that MLS and USSF need to be far more proactive in developing youth in this country. Considering the fact more kids are playing soccer in this country than the size of some of the nations at the World Cup, it seems absurd to me that the nation with the greatest amount of resources can’t maximize on its potential. I would argue that we need to be much more aggressive and innovative in how we propel this nation to the next level; otherwise, we are more likely to be left behind. On the flip side, I’ve seen some arguments that counter that MLS and USSF should take a more proactive approach, and seem to favor a more laissez faire approach to youth development. More, while I would argue that it nonsensical to state that the player is not ultimately responsible for his individual development; however, when it comes to the collective development of the player pool, that responsibility falls on MLS and USSF. I’ve heard that MLS and USSF bears no responsibility or very little responsibility for the collective development. I’d like to hear discussion on this topic. I’ll post why I believe MLS and USSF need to be more proactive, how they can be more proactive, and the consequences if we are not more proactive, and I hope to hear others post the same. Meanwhile, those who have a counter opinion, I’d like to hear how the laissez faire approach and what they offer is a superior approach to improving US soccer. Either way, this is a discussion that needs to be had if we want to elevate US soccer.