We all know the issues facing youth development in the US. One thing that seems to loom over all is financing. Pay to play sucks but who fronts the money for academies and youth leagues? They don't seem to have this problem even in the third world but I'm not sure (how is the structure in African countries?) Will the ever growing level of commercial sponsorship help fill the gaps for more underwritten clubs and competitions locally in America? Or will we have to wait until the day that the playing for the MLS/USMNT as appealing as the Big 4 in other sports, hence leading to a trickle down effect of more numerous and more accessible youth programs? Also one question for those in Europe or South America. I know that by late teenage years the best players are under the wings of established major pro clubs' youth teams. But under those levels, the small municipal and regional clubs.....are those free for kids to play in as well?