Damn, that's a really depressing read. It's such a shame that it's this way. Seeing my son and his team compete in Italy at the U11 age, the gap technically is not huge. It was more the spacial awareness, shielding and vision that was the bigger difference. Athletically our kids were definitely stronger and fitter. I can see the gap between different coaches and their affect on players learning to deal with no time and space. Our current coaches spend most practices on 2 touch possession games at high pace and intensity that has made a massive difference on my sons awareness and calmness on the ball. It seems too many coaches in Canada can get their accreditation and the knowledge level of parents on how to play the game prevents them from questioning some of these supposed pro coaches and their actual quality. Also what some of the TDs get is utterly shocking.