Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/24/11

405945 08: Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Sepp Blatter, shown on a huge screen, speaks with FIFA members after winning a second four-year term as FIFA president during the 53rd Ordinary FIFA Congress at the Hilton May 29, 2002 in Seoul, South Korea. Blatter received 139 votes to beat African soccer chief Issa Hayatou who received 56 votes. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
The United States needs to develop a deeper professional league system, according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Citing high participation rates among youth soccer players, Blatter told FOX Soccer that the current size of and reliance on Major League Soccer means there are not enough professional opportunities for the US's soccer talent. "In such a huge country with 300 million people, if you only have one league [to go to], the professional league - MLS … then [there are very few] opportunities," Blatter explained. "There should be other leagues, and [US Soccer is trying] now to make a second league in order to inspire all these talents." The eight-team North American Soccer League currently serves as US Soccer's second division; however, the league operated with provisional sanctioning in it's 2011 season. The 12-team USL Professional Division operates at the third-tier. According to Blatter, the professional structure in the United States must convert high youth participation ra...
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