Just to generate some discussion on here (hey, that's what the forum is for, right?), I thought I'd pass this post along. It's been something that I've been thinking of for quite some time. So, I finally formulated some thoughts. Sorry for the longer post. https://ponchat.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/player-development-in-us-soccer/ Here's a sample of the post: International academies train and play for 10 months a year American soccer players train and play for 2.5 months in the fall (mid-August to beginning of November) then an additional 4 months in the spring if there is a spring club opportunity (rec would probably be much less time) Internationally is 10 months a year compared to possibly 6.5 months for an American player Wonder why the USMNT cannot catch the rest of the world and why the USWNT is getting surpassed?