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Your main problem though is that your whole side of the Region is so much weaker and you don't get to play enough quality competition on a regular basis.

Aren't they on the side with Florida and North Carolina?

CASL won U14 boys last week, and TFC of North Carolina took Solar 60 minutes into the match before Solar could put them away. Toss in the two best Florida squads, and you'd have 4 teams there that would be at least the equal of the top 4 NTX teams at that age group.

What are you talking about Texas teams took 9 out of 12 spots...


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...Population density is one of the key factors in the quality of soccer played...
 

Not just population density, but SOCCER population density is the key factor. If you draw a fifty mile radius around Dallas you encompass about 100,000 youth soccer players. That many players makes for a cutthroat competitiveness not seen anywere else in the South.

FWIW "Dallas" soccer is what is dominant, not North Texas. No one in North Texas can remember the last time anyone outside DFW won a state cup.

And much of that can be attributed to the strength of our local boys league and girls league. Note that South Texas has had state cup champions from Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, & Austin.



Anybody in Texas knows Dallas is North Texas b/c all the other quality teams in North Texas drive between 1 1/2 and 3 hours to play league there every weekend...Which makes everything easier when building clubs and quality programs.


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John,

Alabama is in the Premier Leauge with TN, LA, AR and MS. It is the easiest section in the Region III Premier League to win, in general.

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Alabama is in the Premier Leauge with TN, LA, AR and MS. It is the easiest section in the Region III Premier League to win, in general.

You are 100% correct!


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...Population density is one of the key factors in the quality of soccer played...


Not just population density, but SOCCER population density is the key factor. If you draw a fifty mile radius around Dallas you encompass about 100,000 youth soccer players. That many players makes for a cutthroat competitiveness not seen anywere else in the South.



Just to be clear, there are under 14,000 registered competitive youth players in NTX, but you're quite right that the great majority of them live in the DFW area.

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The professional team players of the Tulsa Roughnecks of old NASL started Club Soccer in Tulsa. But from there soccer has risen in popularity. TSCH is the dominant club in the state on the girls side and OFC or EnergyFC as it is known now is usually the stronger on the boys. The landscape has changed considerably as ECNL has evolved. Oklahoma has no GDA due to the decision by TSCH to decline inclusion at this time. There are quality coaches who played at Tulsa University who stayed in the region and have helped the youth academy grow. Since TSCH primarily plays N TX teams the caliber of soccer has improved dramatically. Population helps N TX in recruiting talent but has not stopped TSCH from winning divisions of TX Conference ECNL or consistently coming in the top 5 in conference. The club even have a player on the national team which no N TX teams currently have in Parker Goins who is commited to Arkansas.
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