The Washington Post examines youth soccer in Northern Virginia, where players chase college scholarships dreams, playing year-round soccer. It's particularly difficult in the spring when Virginia sponsors high school soccer. Players juggle games with two teams, playing a heavy prep schedule and showcase club events. As Notre Dame women's coach Randy Waldrum, the president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, tells B.J. Koubaroulis, "We've really created an animal here. It's just way too much soccer."
For Koubaroulis' look at the toll -- physical and emotional -- the constant play takes on players, click here.