This is going to be a bit of a rambling rant, so please bear with me it on. My son has moved into U13 this season and I'm very confused by the decisions and direction of youth soccer at this point. I think BCCSL incorporating Metro into their umbrella is a step forward. From what I have heard, at the end of this season, the top and bottom teams of each tier will move up and down, but I am not sure if it is 1 or 2 teams per tier. Personally, I hope it is 2, as this will improve the balance of each tier. What is becoming evident though is that a few of the Metro teams are vastly better than the others, so what happens to them? Looking at BCSPL intake, we watched the jamboree games a few weeks ago, there is one team that is easily the best, 3 or 4 that are good, and a couple that are no better than the Metro teams. I fail to understand how an 8 team league that is so varied is going to get the best out of these kids. The one team won 8-0, 4-0, 5-2 and not sure on the last, but they did win. I've now heard that a number of kids from some of the other BCSPL teams want to transfer to this winning team. We'll see what happens in November regarding call-ups and what not, but this probably prevents kids that deserve a chance that are playing Metro from being selected. Both North Vancouver and West Vancouver Metro teams have players that are easily BCSPL level players that only tried out for one team due to the difficulty of travel in the city. The fact that that club took players from all over the city reduced those kids chances at being selected. And now this news of other players wanting to move. But the most disturbing thing I've heard was the email from BCSoccer explaining that to be fair to each and every BCSPL team, they would select a balanced number of players from each team for the Provincial program. Huh? What? Why wouldn't Luca just select the BEST 18 kids for the team? That makes absolutely no sense at all. I'm finding this whole system very confusing and convoluted. What need is there to include the Island and Interior in a Lower Mainland league? Why are we making 12-year-olds travel 4 hours away to play teams that they could easily face here? Wouldn't a 10 team Elite tier that runs in the BCCSL that allows teams to be promoted from Metro and religated produce closer games? Wouldn't restricting these top teams to select only players from their designated region make way more sense? A North Shore team can only have players north of Lions Gate and the Second Narrows. Burnaby is a team of players from the Burnaby region etc etc. The fact that the Provincial program places merit only in BCSPL has eliminated kids that only tried out for one team, a team that is vastly more popular than some of the other clubs, from ever being selected. A Provincial program that selects players from all the BCSPL clubs leaves superior players also not being selected. I seriously don't get it. No wonder Canada is so poorly regarded in Soccer development. It's not that hard. It almost seems that the ones in control care more about power and dictating what should be done instead of worrying about the ones that matter, the kids playing. Then I'll finish with this story I heard recently, 3 boys tried out for a Metro team, two didn't make it, one did. Those same 3 boys tried out for a BCSPL club, 2 made it, the one that made Metro didn't. That's seriously messed up and shows the broken system that currently exists.