Parents Speak Out On The Hidden Costs of Club Soccer
Created on Oct 02, 2015 9:00 AM EST
So your son or daughter has played AYSO for a couple of years and they’re ready for a step up in class to a club team.
You understand it's a considerable outlay, often in the region of $2,000 per player per year and for some of the more prestigious clubs it can go up to as much as $2,400.
But you figure it’s worth it. Your kids love to play. It’ll keep them out of trouble and who knows, maybe they’ll be good enough to snag a college scholarship one day.
It might be a stretch financially but the positive outweighs the cost.
And that may indeed be the case.
The pay-to-play youth club system in the United States is so successful that the European soccer leagues are crossing the Atlantic to see how it’s done. With every passing year, there are higher expectations of the players who graduate through the top club teams.
But you should know that the club fees are only the start. There are a lot of hidden fees in club soccer…and they tend to get higher the better your player develops.