‘They’re stealing from children’: US youth soccer’s embezzlement scourge

An army of volunteers help run the youth game in America, but a lack of professional oversight could be costing the game in the US future stars

When people discuss the problems with US youth soccer, they often point their fingers at the pay-to-play structure, which prices many players out of the game, or its lack of professional infrastructure. One thing, however, that few people discuss is embezzlement.

You don’t have to look far to find examples of the breadth of the problem. In recent years, teams as far afield as small town New Hampshire and California’s farm country have suffered financial losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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