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Apr, 2017

State Acknowledges Club Structure is Failing Players

The Louisiana Soccer Association launched the Louisiana Player Development League (LPDL) to attempt to address shortfall in the technical quality of Louisiana players. The LPDL is a U15 and U17 league comprised only of teams from five key clubs: Louisiana Fire Juniors, Mandeville Soccer Club, Cajun Soccer Club, Baton Rouge Soccer Club, and Shreveport United. In explaining why it felt the LPDL is necessary, LSA notes

"There is a widespread recognition that our present league structure does not encourage the development of players. Our present league structure rewards outcome rather than performance. Further, our present leagues structure does not provide our elite players with ample opportunities to play beyond their high school years. Very few of our players go on to play in college and even fewer explore educational opportunities outside of Louisiana that the game could open for them. Coaches from colleges outside Louisiana do not recruit our players because, simply put, they cannot trust that our players have been developed in an elite soccer environment. Further, our players and our soccer families rarely see youth soccer at an elite level. We define excellence in the game as it is played in Louisiana - not as it is played on a regional or national level. All of our players ought to be exposed to the highest standard of play so they have an identifiable goal to which they can aspire."

Information about the LPDL can be found at: 
http://www.playlouisianasoccer.org/programs/louisiana_player_development_league_lpdl/

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