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Money Matters: An Investigation of the Effects of Pay-To-Play Systems on Youth Soccer Diversity

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dc.contributor.advisor McDowell, Jacqueline
dc.contributor.author Hartman, Brandon
dc.creator Hartman, Brandon
dc.date 2017-08-23
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-03T20:00:13Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-03T20:00:13Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G87706
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/10914
dc.description.abstract The fees of U.S Youth Soccer’s pay-to-play system impact the racial and socio-economic diversity of its travel soccer participants. Many deserving players are unable to afford the cost of competitive travel soccer and thus miss out on playing at the highest level of the sport and receiving benefits such as physical fitness, motor skills, etc. This study uses demographic data from a club in Fairfax County, Virginia and the interviews of six professional soccer coaches from Northern Virginia in a concurrent mixed method approach to determine the impact that costly fees have on diversity. It is found that money does indeed matter, as there is a low level of diversity at the club and there is a large amount of players come from higher income areas. Potential solutions are also discussed by the coaches, as well as their experiences and thoughts on the pay-to-play system, as the conversation on fixing the diversity problem in youth soccer is begun. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Pay-to-Play en_US
dc.subject diversity in sports en_US
dc.subject youth soccer en_US
dc.subject social class and sports en_US
dc.title Money Matters: An Investigation of the Effects of Pay-To-Play Systems on Youth Soccer Diversity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Sport and Recreation Studies en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Sport and Recreation Studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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