How did Canada get to where we are today? I have a theory that many won't like and many will find true. Canada is a Common-Wealth country and perhaps Great Britain's number one ally since day 1 and because of this, Canada has brought in countless immigrants from England. In my opinion, the problem started here. Any Canadian parent from 30 years ago until now that sees a coach all snazzed up in Adidas that has an accent is automatically assumed a well-rounded coach. "He is from England, home of the Premier League, and a George Best statue!" Even worse, many of these dinosaurs have been put into power, are authority figures such as directors, treasures, presidents of the association clubs. I still remember being taught to BOOT it down the field when I was 8. Everytime I was coached like that, it was from a coach from the United Kingdom. Long ball originated in England and came across the pond to our lovely country where our boys & girls have been taught variations of it since the 1970's.
DISCLAIMER: I know MANY English, Walsh, Scottish coaches that are well versed in the modern game, so of course I am being general. In fact, the best not for profit Soccer Club in British Columbia is ran by a young TD from Wales. The good news is that this trend is finally changing, among with the principles and methods. The bad news is that until all the Dinosaurs become extinct and leave their 60k to 160k paying job as Club President or Technical Director, we will continue to experience being mediocre.
- Yes, Presidents and Technical Directors @ “Not-For-Profits” earn on average $100,000 a year -