The Ajax Soccer Academy: From Boys to Pros

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The famed Dutch soccer academy Ajax operates similar to a big-league baseball team's minor-league system — but one that reaches into early childhood. About 200 players, ranging in age from 7 to 19, train at its facilities in Amsterdam at any given time. (All are male; Ajax has no girls' program.) Left, under-10 players at work. (New York Times Image)

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