How People from Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds Experience Barriers to Entry for a Youth Soccer Club


by : 
Kenzo M.


With a sport as popular as soccer, it is crucial that “the beautiful game” is accessible to all, no matter one’s economic status. Soccer is a global phenomenon, but the “pay to play” system has shifted the dynamics of the sport in the U.S., so that youth soccer is now focused on generating profits from this “business” even as these payments bar many kinds from being able to participate. This research will investigate how the “pay to play” system in youth club soccer affects kids of various backgrounds and the measures that must be taken to combat this issue.