Are American youth sports in crisis? Inside the competitive youth world many say needs to change

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KAYSVILLE — On a Tuesday evening in August, a pair of speakers arrived at the Davis High School auditorium. They’d been invited by Wasatch Soccer Club and MetaSport FC, two local soccer clubs, to prep parents for the upcoming season.

Mark O’Sullivan, a researcher, soccer coach and youth development expert, took the dais first. O’Sullivan came from Sweden, where he works with one of the country’s top-rankedprofessional teams, AIK. O’Sullivan started with a few facts that would surprise many parents in Utah club soccer. For starters, AIK is moving away from talent selection before age 12. It’s also withdrawing from inter-organization competition for younger age groups with the goal of enhanced development and more fun. The local club directors wanted the audience to ingest as much information as possible about making their child’s soccer experience beneficial.

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