Originally Posted by Tucker_316
Soccer is the number one sport played everywhere overall because it's cheap. It's kind of a moot point that doesn't really matter, as in some places, such as North America and Canada in particular, soccer isn't taught well enough that will produce good players. They put their kids in to keep them somewhat active but usually they either want to move on to some other sport or the other sports they are also enrolled in take precedence and they stick with that, because the coaching and such is so much more progressive, as with Hockey.
Soccer is cheap? Do you know anything about rep soccer? ex. U13 Mooredale has $250 000 budget (team from Toronto area - 3-4xs more than any rep AAA hockey team) ; Ajax ($2000 to play the outdoor season) (another area close to Toronto). Cost for my son to play soccer this year - just over $2400 ; cost for him to play hockey $2600.
There are plenty of good coaches that are teaching soccer here. There are plenty of talented kids playing soccer here. You have no clue whatsoever when it comes to this. Don't generalize or make some stupid assumptions. There are clubs around the GTA who are affiliated with AC Milan, Arsenal, Celtic etc... Many coaches from Europe come over and hold clinics etc.. scout kids.. the game is opening up here and starting to build a foundation.
Another assumption. Many many kids are dropping hockey to stick with soccer. Far more than you or I can count. You think the coaching in hockey is great? For every great minor hockey coach, there are 100s that suck ass.
The fact is, hockey registration is down. It is dropping every year. While no one is suggesting hockey will not be relevant, the fact is, soccer is becoming more & more popular.