The practice of soccer in the USA is constantly increasing. It is today the sport most practiced in children under 16 years. However, despite an increase in recent years, we observes a diversion of the practice of soccer from the age of 16. One of the reason is the wages imposed by the Salary cap, significantly lower compared to other major sports of the country. This flight to other disciplines creates a relative dip in terms of American practitioners at the college level. This is problematic for the USSF and MLS as the university soccer championship is the main provider of players for the elite. For these reasons and in order to allow a development of the global level of the practice and also the contribution of a culture of soccer, the USSF, the MLS and the university teams set up a policy of recruitment of young foreign talents, promising them the very attractive university scholarship.
NCAA, the new favorite destination for young europeans
Takumi J, a french player with the University of Las Vegas, says to us, « It’s really impressive to see how people’s sense of belonging to their university or university is enough to create this huge craze around college soccer ( …) while he knows nothing about soccer for the most part. »
With 1673 teams in 7 divisions, university soccer has brought together 38845 men’s players and 38119 women’s players in the 2016 season. Of these totals, the number of foreigners is estimated at 12.1% for men and 4.9% for women.
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We have seen previously that France is the second country (behind Brazil) exporting the most players abroad. These migratory flows depend on economic, legal, sporting or geocultural criteria. It is in this sense that the network initiated by agencies like FFFUSA or AV Athletics, are dedicated to considerably increase the flows of French migration to the United States. Other French agencies have positioned themselves on this sector and will thus help to nurture the geocultural affinity between the two territories.
USA, the consumer center of Europeans
Thereby, the North American territory would become a consumer center of French footballers who would then join the British footballers and other South American, already present in the college teams.
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A phenomenon of globalization of the American soccer would then be in progress, with a considerable contribution in terms of football culture within the pool of the North American elite, the Major League Soccer.