Do you know what Solidarity Payments for youth players are? Why doesn’t USSF enforce this FIFA rule?
Recently Don Garber lamented the fact that MLS could not sign youth players in their academies to contracts since they would become ineligible to receive a scholarship from NCAA institutions…
There are a multitude of articles that touch on his and MLS owners feelings on Jurgen Klinsmann and his words for top youth players in the US.
Now, Jeffrey Carlisle is reporting that Klinsmann has been nudging not just star players, but youth prospects in MLS academies, to explore their options in Europe. Several MLS owners are “irate” with Klinsmann for advising that young players bypass the domestic league entirely.
Complexities In U.S. Youth Development Structure At Heart Of Klinsmann/MLS Debate
But the bigger issue is not what MLS is doing or not doing to keep its youth players but how the USSF structure has kept non MLS clubs from being able to receive training compensation and solidarity payments.
Professional soccer clubs and youth soccer academies that produce future pro soccer players depend upon the world governing body of soccer, FIFA, to enforce and reward these clubs that have invested significant resources in training players through a system based on two FIFA mandated compensation systems “Training Compensation” and “Solidarity Mechanism.