It's been talked about before, but now that we're in the middle of the college season, I thought I would offer up some food for thought. Here's what's wrong with college soccer, by and large. The biggest problem is coaching. BAD coaching. Most college coaches are simply incapable of developing players for the next level. It seems as if the vast majority of these guys look for the fastest players possible, with very little regard for technical ability and tactical awareness. If the kid can run fast, he must be good. That's the prevailing mindset in D1 soccer, and it's why so many games are so difficult to watch. Granted, speed is a big part of the game, but I believe too many college coaches take speed in the 100 yard dash over soccer skill. I've seen it for years now, especially in the ACC and other top conferences. I think these coaches confuse running speed with speed of play. I've seen many good young players with good speed, not great speed, excel because they have vision on the field, they can hold possession, they can read the game two or three passes in advance. However, I don't see those players succeeding in college soccer very often. They are truly the exception. A top school in the southeast last season, added a guy to their team who was cut from his club team his senior year in high school because he had no soccer sense. Yet, because he can run fast...this college coach thinks he's a player. Never mind that the guy's touch is horrendous, and he couldn't string two passes together in his wildest dreams. I see guys with national pool experience, sitting on the bench, because the coach elects to play the other guy who is a half step faster. It's absolutely crazy. I also see excellent players sitting on the bench because the coach thinks the game is going to be "too physical" for him because he stands only 5-7. Simply put, a player's perceived athleticism is more important to the college coach than the player's soccer playing ability. IMO, that is the real problem with college soccer. How many times do we sit at college games, with no flow whatsoever, with little skill and constant "booming" the ball out of the back? How often do we see college soccer games as track meets, instead of pure soccer? The more college games I see, the more players I see dribbling in to pressure and losing the ball, when a simply played 7 yard ball would suffice. Maybe I'm just watching too much pro soccer on Fox Sports World, but the differences are so immense between college and the pros, that it concerns me. It concerns me because we could be producing SO MANY more pro players, if it weren't for the college game, which actually hinders most players potential.