Ricardo06 Posted July 13, 2007 Share Posted July 13, 2007 Hi guys.... I have been a great voyageurs fan. You guys are awesome in the leadership of soccer in canada. I am a former national youth member and am familiar with the soccer community inside out. I am have relationships with many of the current u20 team and also know most national coaches. I do not want to make this very long but I do want to get one message across. In my career, I have heard so much criticism and such lack of action. What I want to say is that, yes! criticism is important for accountability and essential given our current state in Canada. However, more importantly, we must keep ourselves accountable. It is sad that most critics are those who sit in the chairs and point fingers at those in the spotlight. When challenged, the excuses come in. I will give an example. Let us compare a dale mitchell vs a soccer parent. Dale Mitchell has taken on a group that is underfunded with an organization that is highly bureacratic and unexperienced. He has served his country as a player extensively in a very discouraging country in soccer terms. He has dedicated his life and work to canada soccer. He has his criticisms about many of his resources but at the same time he does his best with it. Now the soccer parent which frustrates me. Doesn't attend soccer events because the drive is too long, or because it is too expensive, or whatever. Does not take any action in becoming a leader in his/her community. Lacks much of a contribution to soccer canada. Now my aim is not seclude soccer parents as some are fantastic supporters and great people but it is the most common case that I have noticed. At the end of the day, our recent outcome in the fifa u20 is not the lack of work that csa, or dale mitchell, or the u20 team has done but a compilation of our effort as a country. It is the thousands of people who did not show up in edmonton. It is the person who did not call his cousin across the country to encourage him to attend some game. It is the parent who did not want to commit his kid to the local soccer team. It is the shortcomings of all our efforts. Similar to what JFK said many years ago. Ask what you can do for your country rather then what your country can do for you. So let us focus on what we can do. For the soccer parent, become the local technical director, push your kid to his very best, organize team events, fundaraise. The select team coach, endure bureacratic battles, develop your players to their best, innovate the development system. The soccer fan, attend every event, lead your cheerleading, create fan clubs, publicize soccer. So we are in a state where our environment is very discouraging. Any action towards promoting soccer is out of the norm and deemed useless by society. We are in crucial need for leadership in this country. So this is the era where the heroes of soccer canada will be born. Those who will stand when nobody cares to and slowly this stand will turn into a sporting revolution. Others will open their eyes and begin to stand too. This stage has already started. We have more people playing soccer in Canada more then never. Our national teams development are slowly improving in resources and talent. Toronto Fc fans and new MLS have elevated soccer to new heights in Canada. Exceptional attendance in the u20 WC. We have such great potential due to our multicultural attributes but most of the world does not understand or see this. But our success is soon to come and I cannot wait until it does. Until then, become a grandfather of soccer canada, be a hero and stand up. Yes keep others accountable through sound input and criticism. But foremost, make sure your doing everything possible to support soccer in canada. That is the simple solution to our struggling state. Let's go Canada. Let the revelution begin!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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