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College Soccer Overview

If pursuing collegiate soccer, there are well over 1300 men’s soccer programs available, and approximately 1400 program options for women.  Athletic scholarship awards will vary by affiliation, division of play, and the individual funding that each college provides to the coach for that particular athletic program(not all will be fully funded).  You will need to check with the coach of each program you are interested in to determine the number of athletic scholarship options available to you.

Keep in mind, that the coach will use his or her available scholarship funds to cover freshman through seniors for the upcoming year.  In addition, student athletes awarded athletic money usually only receive those funds for a one year period of time.  This means that at the discretion of the coach, he or she can do the following for your return to the program the following year; renew your scholarship for the same amount, withdraw the scholarship altogether, increase or decrease it. 

Connect with a coach

If your path does include college soccer, connect with the coaches of the programs you feel would be both a good academic and athletic fit with, as soon as possible.  Although athletic affiliation, division of play, and your age will impact what communication can or cannot take place with a particular college coach, being identified as a potential recruit early on is important. 

Opportunity abounds everywhere, if you know where to look - consider all affiliations, the divisions within each, and what they have to offer:

II  NCAA  II  NAIA  II  NJCAA  II  USCAA  II  NCCAA  II

An introduction of yourself via a cover letter along with your player profile is ideal.  If you are participating in an upcoming showcase or tournament where college coaches may be attending, provide your game schedule as soon as possible.  This gives those attending coaches you contact a good indication of your interest in their school, an opportunity to see you play, watch you develop as a player, and determine if your abilities could fit well with their program. 

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The 4 components a College Coach will look for in a potential recruits

If the goal is to capture the attention of a college coach, it is critical to be excellent in at least one area.  As you size yourself up in ability, consider your strengths, and areas that may need improvement.