09-24-2010, 04:50 PM
Sure we did Ref, but the word good is relative. No one in the world played intelligently in the early days. But we were good enough to have a couple of good stretches beginning right back in the 80s when the program was born and we beat the Americans in their own backyard. If only someone had tape of those games...
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09-24-2010, 04:50 PM
A larger population usually does lead to larger registration numbers and more players at all spectrums under the bell curve. That being said, Ontario was statistically over-represented on this team based on population. I have a tough time accepting that there were only three or four players west of London who were considered good enough when the population figures say it should have been twice that. Not to be too confrontational, but Quebec has also fared quite well at national competitions and only managed to field three players in T&T... Were the 'best' players on the field? The numbers don't support that argument... neither do the results. Holding some of the best teams in the world to a low scoring loss is not cause for celebration... unless that's all we should ever expect.
Originally Posted by Vic
09-24-2010, 05:50 PM
The real issue here is what kind of training players are receiving where they play the vast bulk of their soccer, namely their home clubs. That's what makes players; Provincial all-stars and NTC are not teams, they primarily function as identification opportunities. Unfortunately the coaches who run them act like they are in competition for the players for their "team" and it's not all that rare for the player to play for a better coach at her club than she gets at these "select" training venues. To put it into perspective, I was chatting to a German acquaintance the other day at work and asked him what he thought of the German girl's performance at the U17 world cup. His response - "you're joking - they don't have a world cup for U17 girls do they, what's the point of that?" I tend to agree, I think it's too young. As soon as you have something that big, winning the tournament becomes the main object - never mind working on developing players. The tendency seems to be to lock onto a group of players believing they are the best in the country. That is a recipe for failure as far as I'm concerned and from talking to a couple of very highly qualified individuals I'm not alone in that. If anybody from this team ever plays for the full senior side I would be surprised. Even if you have a very talented group you would be lucky to eventually bring anymore than a couple at best. Seems like a lot of energy expended for little gain to me. Outside of coaches and the parents of the players of this team, this forum probably provides a pretty large part of the population who would even bother arguing about it.
09-24-2010, 05:56 PM
Check out this article from last year regarding the US U17 team.
09-25-2010, 09:04 AM
What do the numbers have to do with it? It's about the best players, not a mathematical representation of the country. Ontario dominated at U16 nationals. 13 goals for and 0 against. Quebec was 4 for and 7 against. Ontario beat them 5-0. If you are going to denigrate someone's professionalism and accuse them of fraudulent behaviour with our national team, I would think you would want to present a better argument.
Originally Posted by P.O.S.P.
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09-25-2010, 09:22 AM
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09-25-2010, 10:50 AM
Vic, I don't think it was the "girls" thing the German commentator was talking about, it was the U17 part. Certainly that's how kj52's post reads to me.
Originally Posted by Vic
I thought LTAD generally identified soccer (like hockey) as a "late development" sport? I was just checking the LTAD writeups and girls are identified as "Train to Compete" from 15 to 19, a full year ahead of the boys - and we've had female posters on here talk about ladies maturing into competition later than men (and having longer competitive careers).
09-25-2010, 10:59 AM
Strong words Vic... and not my intention. You seem quite upset that someone would question your logic (which is what I was doing). If you are only concerned with all-stars competition results to support your argument then perhaps you should be looking at the most appropriate competition results - the 2009 tournament (the one that fielded the best '93s and exceptional '94s), not the 2010 tournament. In the tourney that actually mattered to the selection of this team, Quebec was at the top of the table, undefeated. Ontario finished at 2-1-1. Good enough for second, but not the powerhouse you are trying to portray them as.
Originally Posted by Vic
Is this argument acceptable to you?
09-25-2010, 01:45 PM
Yes that does make them much stronger than I thought they were. Now there is at least some meat on the bone. And I'm glad, love the Quebec soccer, always have. Perhaps I have misread you. I just read back through things and noticed you are reasonable and the only issue I have is with a casual insinuating toss of a very serious allegation. I was catching up on things and mistakenly logged you in with a few others of less gray matter who've been fanning the flames to incite their older and deeper issues and agendas.
Thanks for the correction on the birth years. I've been there too and posted similar geometrics in the past myself. I used to think there was an East/West bias and each took turns overcompensating their rosters in reply and response to the previous iteration on the other side of the country that did the same. But I've since gained a lot more respect for the professionalism of the people involved. They're driven to succeed more than anyone, that's how the got their jobs and what they commit their lives too, and I can't see them putting their whims and personal wishes ahead of their job and cheating the country, which is the accusation.
There are 15 players in the age pool who have signed letters of intent to NCAA scholarships in the next two years. 10 are from Ontario, 2 from Quebec, 2 from BC and one from Alberta. It appears the Americans scouts and their investment wallets have a preference for Ontarians at this age too.
Our U20 team also had the exact same number of players from West of London and a reverse mathematical double-dose of Quebec players per population.
Unless our goal is political correctness areas will always be over and under-represented and I don't see much here worthy of assaulting someone's reputation.
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09-25-2010, 01:54 PM
Paul if that was the case he would have said "you're joking - they don't have a u17 world cup do they" and not "you're joking - they don't have a world cup for U17 girls do they"
Yes, young women hit elite playing levels a little before young men and their careers are much shorter as well. It's a result of many things - the level of professionalization, ability to support yourself financially, Motherhood, etc. Vis a vis the men's game, and in terms of their ability to graduate to the senior stage, U17 women's world cup is probably the equivalent of a U19 men's.
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