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Where are we hiding the coaches to develop our players is this week's Monday commentary.

Paul James with Canada's Argentina 2001 World Cup under 20 team.
Paul James with Canada's Argentina 2001 World Cup under 20 team.


  • zacarony 6 years ago

    Hello Mr.Fitter,

    I like everything what you are writting about Canadian soccer. Unfortunately, we are hundred years behind the world of soccer - England have had professional soccer for more than 100 years. Canada is the only country in the world where there is no domestic league. We are the only country in the world ( with Uruguay but they have domestic league )developing soccer players through Regional, Provincional & National teams. For me, the day when we answer the question - how to move from quantity to quality? is going to be answer to all of our questions. Unfortunately, there is no a single soccer coach in this country that could be the coach in the 5th European league. Canadian soccer is like city with hospital but without doctors. At the hospital, where custodians and janitors are doing surgeries all patients are dead.
    Dear Mr.Fitter, there is no light at the end of the tunnel for years to come.
    I wish you the best in your endeavour.


  • Andrew 6 years ago

    Brilliant, couldn't have said it better myself.
    "there is not a single soccer coach in this country that could be the coach in the 5th European league." Bravo!

  • 6 years ago

    Good article.It took a long time to get OSA and CSA to admit where training happens...Not in rec. clubs,but in Academies...In Canada.Let's roll this now across the country.

  • Esteban 6 years ago

    The first objective for the CSA/OSA is to achieve respectability within the football world, and to do that they require a complete overhaul of their system, starting from the top down.I have no issues with player talent, its there,both male and female waiting to be nurtured. The question of participation cannot be argued either. The problem lies with those running the show, they have been nothing short of a hindrance,in fact a disaster. Perhaps at the time they deserved the opportunity, however, the game has sadly passed them by. If the game is to grow properly then they must be removed. Their selfish mentality stems from each and every individual club, to district, provincial, and national level. Is it any wonder why the game struggles for existence? Club football is a political beast, selfish to the core, breeding contempt and anger within its membership its hardly surprising why we cant go forward. SACC also has to adjust,it is viewed as overpriced and out of reach.

  • Esteban 6 years ago

    If the Sacc members smarten up they really could cut into the club talent pool. They already have the organization, the coaching talent, and the best facilities in place,however,many families see them as being too expensive.I know lots of talented kids, better perhaps than the majority of players already playing in the Academy system, but they have no real chance of realizing their potential because their parents dont have the money. That leads me to ask,,Is the Academy system really the same as the european models, Is it based upon talent, skill, work ethic, or is it simply a business. I say that because, the talent pool within the Academy is extremely varied, you see players who are quite simply not good enough playing alongside kids who are hoping in the future to get something out of the game. Certainly playing sports in Ontario,at a high level is not a cheap option,,its a pity the government couldnt subsidize sports. Afterall it helps ease the burden on health care in the long run

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