This is an intrinsic problem that has been in existence for years, is nothing new and is not exclusive to the MSFL.
It is serious in the sense that unless actions are taken swiftly, it is only a matter of time before we see further damaging impact.
Let's not forget the recent demise of the Manchester and AJY Leagues and the strains that applied to the youth section in the south. I believe that the cricket circuit is experiencing the same dilemma right now too.
The system used to be supported by an active Youth Club movement where so many had football teams as by-products. These movements unfortunately appear to not have the same attraction as they once did, hence the knock on effect.
What I fail to understand is that if the 'community' wants to be a community, then it has to acknowledge the core route of the issue and deal with it accordingly.
Regardless of history or the reasons, MGB now plays the sole custodian role in all aspects of jewish sport and should be at the centre in solving the issues.
The new MGBPFL youth league, from what I gather, is filling the gap in the market that it was intended but will have limitations on the number of participants it attracts.
At the time of the debate of how this should be constructed, I raised with senior Maccabi officials the idea that if there was a desire to rectify the wider problem it should start at the bottom and work and up along with the top working down, meeting in the middle.
Simply, if all three leagues were in broad terms rolled into one where you had a Maccabi Youth League, a Maccabi Adult League and a Maccabi Masters League with all working to the same distinct brief and in conjunction with each other, there would be a much greater chance of establishing a product that was appealing to the majority and more importantly would give a much greater chance of growth and longevity.
Why in the main, MSFL or Masters clubs persist in their desire to be in effect one team clubs is beyond me. They should be openly encouraged, supported and offered incentives by MGB to create direct links with youth clubs (perhaps with formal mergers) or set up their own youth sections creating identity for youngsters and to give them something to aspire to.
On the flip side, I wonder how many Masters players either have or currently play in the morning and then go and either run their sons teams or watch them in the afternoon.
The ideas about the number of divisions in the MSFL or deduction of points will do nothing but touch the surface. If people really want to see a difference, they need to buy into the principle of 'preventative measures to ensure teams and more importantly clubs do not fold' and accept and buy into it and develop it as a long term strategy.
That's what the development of grassroots football is all about. Not least as by definition, it is this that creates 'community' which would establish the sustainability.
This is one thing the FA are good at and particularly within the non-jewish circuit. There is plenty of support out there. You just have to ask.
I have highlighted this so many times over the years, yet people seem afraid to attempt any real change or indeed talk.
One day, before it's too late, hopefully people will wake up!