Pay to play, a horrible system that discourages development, a small good old boys network of people that don't want to work that hard and east coast bias are the biggest issues IMO. Pay to play does keep many low-income players out of a system that is the main channel to both the national team, pros and college The horrible system requires clubs to "flight" teams in June/early July without full knowledge of the players they will have on their rosters with an Aug 1st signing date. Then they are expected to develop players for an Aug/Sept- November league and results are expected- thus the dilemma. Do you add players for development in which you have little time to do so or to win so that you hopefully will get better players? thus, the rewarded coaches are the best recruiters, not the best at teaching the game. Club soccer/ DA and national teams are basically a small mafia- You have to know someone to get your players a look almost 100% of the time. After attending many national cups I've watched ODP scouts lazily saunter over to a game, watch a few minutes and then text on their phones. They have little trust in the coaches and rarely if ever speak to them about who to keep an eye on. I know of a coach who had several bench players get the call up to ODP as the "scout" saw a second 1/2 of a 10 zero blow out and invited the bench players for their single game of annihilation of a much inferior opponent. Good luck ever getting a shot at the national team camps unless your coach or club has an in and MOST don't- Not even those in DA academies. Socal kids invited to the national team camps are a majority- Galaxy, LAFC, and Slammers (on the boy's side) Finally,- East coast bias is real and KILLS our national team chances. There is no better soccer being played than in southern Ca period BUT a large majority of every men's national team at every age comes east of Texas. Ill take Socal over the entire east coast 90% of the time. Let me put together a top Socal team and I'll play the entire east coast and well kill it.