Frank Leboeuf SOUNDS OFF on Christian Pulisic's fans comments | ESPN FC Extra Time



On this edition of Extra Time:
0:00 Intro
2:07 Shaka how did you resolve your National Team conflict?
3:59 Have you ever called out your team’s fans for lack of support?
7:49 Does Real Madrid winning the Champions League soften the loss for PSG?
11:39 Shaka is it difficult knowing your knowledge is superior to everyone else’s on the panel?

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  1. I think this is an issue for most national FAs we have in the UK. How to solve it isn't easy but it's from the roots up.

    1) Sell tickets for lower prices so more fans are appealed to buying them.

    2) Give out free tickets to local schools and grassroots football teams (for all abilities/levels/ages) especially for the working class and middle class bracket of families.

    3) Encourage local support in all communities across that nation. Whether that's getting a national star to visit a hospital or financial support for disability centres. A deep engagement in across all communities will create a strong identity for that team and the universal values they stand for.

    4) Fund the young grassroot youth who are keen in football (like Shaka was saying earlier). Give them bursaries and grants for kits, travel, hospitality, coaching, especially to those who at a financial disadvantage. Because we all know the youth of today are have the fate of the future of tomorrow.

    5) Build a community that spreads over any race, religion, class, economic and geographic barriers. And do it everyway you possibly can!

    These changes aren't just a top down approach but also a bottom up one too. It's not just about destroying the 'financial model' or getting stuck in the eternal cycles of resignations. It is co-operation and togetherness that creates lifechanging and impactful connections that are passed down from one generation to the next. And that is for football at all levels (especially national games, league games, League and National U21 games etc).

    That's how you solve football- and sports as a whole, go back to the roots of what its all about… community! We all know that community is the most valuable thing in the world, not money, because its worth is eternally priceless!

  2. I was thinking about it the other day and it's very possible that in most major sports, we're going to go a long time if not permanently without ever having another true goat come along. Constant connectivity, social media, everyone having a personal wireless device. There's too much distraction. There's too much conflict. There's too much negativity. There is definitely too much distraction. If someone is showing the promise of a phenom, the journey is almost inevitably going to be hijacked by all of the factors that I have mentioned. I don't think we're going to see the work ethic. I don't think we're going to see the resilience, as Frank said. Athletes now seem to be preoccupied. With achievement. With obtaining recognition. The reason the greatest players of all-time across sports where the greatest was because their goal was to become the greatest. It was relentless acquisition of skill and painstaking refinement of execution. If you set out for fame and fortune and recognition, as you get the very first taste of it it starts to get in the way of your development. It's not that the greats want another championship. They don't want another trophy. They don't want another another award. They want to maintain their position as the greatest in the game. All of the other things come to them as a result of that. You hear kids talking these days and it's all about going D1. It's all about collecting chips. It's not wanting to be the absolute best that they can be. It's not about wanting to be better than everyone else for the sake of being the best. When being a great player starts being considered as a means to an end, the process is already doomed.

    Also, video games. If you were raised on video games of the last 20 years, you were raised with respawn points. With cheat codes. With unlimited lives. With the ability to save your game. With the ability to Rage Quit. It has robbed young people of the gift of perseverance. With the gift of coping with disappointment and failure. A lot of it can be traced back to contra. I knew two people that beat that game before the most famous cheat code in history became common knowledge. Once it did, it was commonplace for people to beat it with the help of 30 lives. There's a metaphor in there somewhere for any long-term and difficult goals that we aspire to accomplish.

  3. Not only are the poor left out here as spectators, but (and I have proposed this and offered my services) but the players from poor backgrounds are not really scouted for National or Club football in US

  4. Not having enough income for the game is a problem, but so is not having any family, school, or community support. It takes more than black bread and an ad in the local paper or a video of skills to be a professional footballer, and yes, I have been reading Frank's book

  5. We already have a main sport for the inner city poor. It's called basketball. Has it ever occurred to you that, in general, soccer just doesn't appeal to the masses in the U.S.? For a host of cultural/historical reasons that's just reality. And ya know what? We are absolutely fine with it.

  6. Wow Ale what a great idea. If any stadium in the country has open seats that won’t be sold before the game go out and give them to kids in that city! That will change their lives more than you know!

  7. Not only the US even Canada football it is not as popular as I wish it was. MLS just doesnt cut it againt Europe

  8. Refugee kids too! In many cases, they bring the passion that the rest of the world has for the sport to our US-born kids! It’s one of the most beautiful things that I’ve seen, my kid playing with kids born in Mexico, Guatemala, Congo, Croatia, Liberia, Vietnam, Burma, Somalia, South Sudan, etc. the beautiful game made more beautiful in the US by the integration of cultures through the love of the game…

  9. The vulture behaviors by the Corps and Wealthiest (protected by the electoral leaders) will do everything for profit and continue to destroy the working class quality of life. That's the current realities for the United States.

  10. Honestly it's American business to not have a desire to spend money on media on a sport the country doesn't correspond with. But the truth is, there are so many of us that just want to see the sport thrive. The sport is so overlooked, but the national team is the only light that will bring the sport to fruition.

  11. Sadly with out having a ton of money poured into the infrastructure of the sport it will never change, and even then it still might not. The people's game or "poor" game as you put it here is basketball. From the biggest cities to the smallest towns there is almost always a public basketball court or at minimum a cheap lifetime portable net. Every school gym, most driveways. As a country our most accessable sport is basketball. I can't honestly ever see soccer being able to take over that. Also there's just not that much of a demand for youth soccer the way there is for basketball so all the after school programs, free tournaments, and PAL/PSL teams will be directed towards basketball because that's were the majority is.

  12. Frank's right. At a certain age soccer in the US gets very expensive. Growing up my parents could afford to either put me in soccer, or literally every other sport combined. As a kid I decided to play football, baseball, basketball, hockey, bowling and golf. Yeah, that's right. It's cheaper to golf in the US than it is to send your kid to a decent soccer camp. So our entire talent pool is comprised of rich kids or kids not cut out for the physicality and athleticism of american football. Second rate athletes and second rate interest from American sports fans. And now that the interest in the sport has gone up a little bit, they're pricing out their audience also.

  13. Frank isn’t wrong about soccer being a “rich person sport” , but he should clarify those comments. There are plenty of morrocan-Americans in this country that went to the game. It shouldn’t be as expensive as it is to attend a friendly. I’ve attended premier league and champions league matches against top teams and it costed less than what the tickets for Wednesday and sundays friendlies cost. For a nonprofit, US soccer is way to greedy

  14. The misconception that soccer is not popular for kids in the U.S is wrong. Youth soccer in the US is hugely popular and actually rivals other sports at the youth level. There are many pockets in the U.S. where there is a strong culture for the sport. The problem is that the pipeline from youth to professional is broken along with the outreach/marketing. The pay to play system is a huge part of that as soccer is an expensive sport to participate in, in the United States. So many kids will divert to other sports that are much more easily accessible as they get older(Basketball/American football.) Those that stick with soccer will play in high school than college. However that’s another problem, as they are behind to their European counterparts who are in academies and are on the radar of the biggest teams in the world. Why is it that the US womens national team is the best in the world. Because youth soccer for girls is huge in the US and the pipeline for women to play professionally is stronger and doesn’t compete with other sports for their attention. People like Pulisic in the United States are in the minority. (Being scouted at a young age to move to Europe) although I think the mindset is changing. Which is why I believe that this group of USMNT players will be responsible and reason why Soccer will be one of the most popular sports in the US Nationally, especially with 2026 WC

  15. U.S. soccer federation has no clue what to do to advance the game – everything is a profit center – never leave a stadium empty period – give tickets away, cut ticket prices who is the H is running this &hite show? CP is right for calling them out and should hold the federation to the fire – every U.S soccer fan should write the federation and remind them who they serve

  16. Not for nothing but my Yankee reaction was similar and I actually made a video on my channel about it. Good that I'm not alone in my world view based in reality.

  17. Well said Frank. In Canada is the same, way too expensive if you want a higher level for the kids. Football should be for all, based on talent , dedication and hard work.

  18. Can we have a little less ‘here’s my vacation’ talk and a little more to the point – there’s always too much blather on ESPN FC and too little actual analysis

  19. Even though US has diversity there is no diversity in USMNT. Example: All Mexicans supporting Wolverhampton because Raul playing there.
    If US soccer will give chance to all players to be involved with USMNT then we will resolved this issue. If US team for example will have like two Mexican American in the team believe we will be playing full capacity cheering for US at Rose Bowl. Or Morrocan American or Chinese American or Armenian American…….But starting from youth academies its only rich spoiled kids giving chance. All American members of teams comes from successful families. If we change this we can start dreaming of world cup. Check others teams like France ' Germany 'Switzerland 'Belgium most of players are second generation immigrants. WE CAN ONLY DREAM.

  20. Also, Tim Howard said it awhile back. He came from a poor background. If it wasn't for people helping him get into a football academy in the U.S., he would've never been able to afford it.

  21. Wow.. Frank's explanation on the weak mentality in society is so spot on… People now crumble from very softer things…. People are not stern about what they believe or want and can be suaded easily.

  22. Atlanta United is one team that brings in every class of people and you are seeing that impact with new soccer fields within urban areas. If you look at the crowd of an Atlanta United game, you will notice a much different mix of color complexion than in any other place. It was no mistake their owner, Arthur Blank, that also owns the Falcons and insists on keeping stadium food affordable, was named ESPN 2021 Sports Philanthropist of the year and he has been awarded many such awards for always being very active in the communities he is in, not just with money but time as well.

    Once things got going, you know see pickup games in the streets and all, something that is rare in the US. Technically seeing kids outside at all and not on phones is kinda rare altogether nowadays.

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