With the opening weekend of the US Youth Soccer National League Boys season around the corner, we preview all of the North Texas Soccer teams competing in the competition. But if soccer distills Mr. Xi’s national ambitions, it also illustrates how his plans could falter, as they have in other arenas, in a muddle of rushed and distorted enforcement, particularly at the neighborhood level. The privately run Evergrande school, the world’s greatest soccer boarding school, says its formula of intense coaching combined with a strong education could show the way for establishing young players.

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