Why is So Cal so dominant

Discussion in 'Youth & HS Soccer' started by Soccermid8, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. Soccermid8

    Soccermid8 New Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Columbia, Md
    Why does everyone think Southern California is such the dominant force it has become on the youth soccer landscape?
  2. Toxoman

    Toxoman New Member

    Mar 30, 2005
    Uhhh -- population density plus the ability to play year round?
  3. tscboys

    tscboys Member+

    Sep 7, 2004
    tox u hit the nail on the head - plus i think it has somethin' to do with the coachin' style of Southern Cal.
  4. scoachd1

    scoachd1 Member+

    Jun 2, 2004
    Southern California
    1) High Density of very good players, experienced coaches and teams.
    League play for Cal-Souths top teams is typically at a far higher level than the majority of states ODP teams.
    2) Great soccer culture - Soccer is #1 sport for a large percentage of the population - Soccer games often get the largest share and/or ratings of any sports programming during the week. Rec leagues are filled with kids that have been taught advanced skills by parents that know the game. Kids watch games on TV and go to games.
    3) Weather allows year round play.
  5. JohnR

    JohnR Member+

    Jun 23, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Yep. (I left the weather part out; it's helpful but distinctly a lesser issue.)

    Get 20 million+ people concentrated in a (relatively) small area that is loaded with true soccer fans, and you get a lot of true soccer players. A lot of true soccer players makes for very good competition, which means that the best players are constantly challenged, and that makes them better. (While ball skills can be worked on alone, nobody ever became a great player while surrounded with lousy players.) A virtuous circle.

    SoCal is its own midsized soccer nation.

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