Alexi Lalas Hopes a North American World Cup will improve College Soccer

With the news that Canada, USA and Mexico are joining forces to try and host the 2026 Fifa World Cup, American Soccer Legend Alexi Lalas hopes that a North American tournament will have a positive impact on the College Soccer scene.

A long standing concern about the College Soccer system is that it doesn’t cater well enough to player development. One prime reason is that college players have such a short season compared with young players stepping into the pro ranks. Many see the solution as extending the traditional August – November schedule through the New Year and well into the Spring.

This would mean that players could focus year round on their soccer performance while also reaping the rewards of a college education. Many in the game believe that a longer college season would lead to improved media coverage of the game and raise it’s profile World Wide. The NCAA however has always taken a sceptical stance on the proposal.

Lalas States:

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