Hi, Soccer in USA, contrary to most other countries, depend on athleticism and unfortunately this stops the development of real soccer players. I am sure most of you experienced and witnessed smaller players being benched or not given the same opportunities as their bigger, stronger and faster counterparts. Most of the coaches in USA believe that they can get a fast and strong player and teach them soccer. Definitely speed and size are big parts of the game but not every position is the same. The argument is speed vs quickness (quickness is not only physical attribute , quick thinking and quick decision making will make the player quicker) reacting vs anticipating (if a player anticipates right they will be quicker than anyone who is reacting to a play in the game). Basically what we need from a soccer player is talent, vision, ability to read the game, anticipate, flair etc... and strength or speed cannot replace them, that is why we will never be on top in soccer if the minds do not change. If your kid has the talent but lacking the size, he/she will go through though times in this system but if they can stay in it and work hard, playing field will level when they are 17-18 years old. Any thoughts or ideas ?