It is so important as parents to support our kids in their dreams and desires. Furthermore, we also need to be realistic about the trajectory of their journey. The statistical chance of our children going on to play college or professional soccer is very small after taking in the data. Our primary reason to play youth sports should be to have fun and learn new skills. Setting expectations of playing at an elite level should never be the sole reason for playing, furthermore, chances to play in college or beyond is not guaranteed or statistically widespread. The reason many children play sports is to have fun. Similarly, Enjoying the game and being physically active should always take precedence over results and external pressures.
- Only .02% of men’s high school soccer participants go pro
- Only 5.70% of high school soccer participant play in the NCAA
- The MLS draft only selected 1 player from Division 3
- Of the 72 players drafted from the NCAA 3 player was from Division 2
- Of the 72 players drafted from the NCAA 68 player was from Division 1
- 1.4% of NCAA players were drafted to the MLS
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