On most days, Canadian soccer is generally a pretty backwards place. If we were half as good on the development side of the game as we are at playing the politics of it, we’d be giving the Germany’s and the Brazil’s of the world a run for their money.
And even when everyone agrees on something needs to be changed, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen. Some are afraid of upsetting the apple cart. Others are just too mired in their own bureaucracy to ever hope of pushing the game forward an inch.
But where the contrasts to the rest of the world are most obvious is in the money.
Everyone knows that we’re largely a recreational soccer country. And that’s fine. And everyone knows that we need to better professionalize what we’re doing. And that’s starting to change. But when you start to look at some of the other factors that come along with professionalizing the game – standards that exist everywhere else in the world – people here get a little sensitive.
Primarily I’m talking about parents and administrators getting uppity about the idea of clubs buying and selling players.
For a second, lets put aside the misnomer that MLS does not pay for players. They do. Publicly they say they don’t. But that’s becoming a harder and harder truth to tell in the face of so many obvious lies.
Instead, lets look at what CSN found within FIFA documents last week.
FIFA mandates when one player leaves a youth club and signs with a professional club that professional club must pay a fee for that player. Not suggests. Mandates. You can find all the details in its Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
Here is a sample.