The New York Times wrote an interesting article recently about collegiate recruiting trends in women’s soccer. Over the past few years, coaches have been starting their recruiting processes earlier, going after players as young as 13 and 14 before they even set foot in high school. One of the reasons for this trend is that girls mature sooner than boys. A coach can get a good idea of a female player’s ability that won’t drastically change by the time they start competing at the collegiate level. Another reason for early recruiting is Title IX, a federal law that says that there must be equal spending on men’s and women’s sports. Women’s scholarship dollars have increased, but the talent pool has not grown as quickly, which has left coaches scrambling for good players.