Here’s how to get recruited for college soccer. If you want to play soccer in college and get a chance to get your degree (at a discount) while on scholarship, you can…
…BUT there are particular steps that you must take. The… “I am good, colleges coaches will find me” type of attitude is so 1980s, and doesn’t work. If you want to continue doing playing the world’s most popular game at the next level you have to take action (and start today).
How To Get Recruited For College Soccer
Secret #1: My first (and most important point about being recruited)… college coaches aren’t going to find you just because you are a good athlete or have good stats! Besides grades & SAT/ACT test scores, this is the biggest killer of student-athlete dreams. High school athletes from all around the country think that somehow recruiters & scouts and going to find you (and this, in most cases is totally false).
Secret #2: Soccer is unique, in that it is the most popular sport in the world. With that said, there is fierce competition to play in college with very few scholarship to give out per college team. The cool part is that most athletes don’t know how to get recruited and you will have an advantage. There is 9.9 soccer scholarships for men and 14 for women’s futbol.
Secret #3: Athletes for sale. The goal of a college/university soccer program is to put together a winning team. As you can see above there are barely enough scholarships to do that. What does that mean? That they have to get good athletes “on the cheap” to play for their program. I just want you to understand what you are up against. Be the best athlete and soccer player that you can, always working on your game and bringing as much to the table as you can.
Secret #4: Most scholarships are “partials”, but you can have the difference made up in the whole “financial aid package”. Most athletic scholarships given out are partials, but the financial aid department is able to give you other types of financial aid so that you can attend school cheaper or free if there is “need”. They determine “need”.
Secret #5: Take the SAT & the ACT. Then take each one again. Then take the one that you scored best on and take it again. I don’t mean back to back to back, as you should study for each and study hard. You want to score as best as you can. Each of those test is broken into sections. Every time you take either of them, your best “section score” is taken and added to your other “best section scores”. So, you can take the test a third time, and only score better on one section of the test, and this will increase your overall score.
Secret #6: Go to a soccer camp (showcase). A great way to be seen by college coaches is to attend one of their camps. Then they get to see you play up close and personal. It gives you a great chance to get to know the coach and for them to get to know you and about your abilities.
As I always say, learning how to get recruited for college soccer is one thing, actually doing it is another. I can promise you this: if you do not start to take action, you can only “hope” to get letters, calls, and scholarships from college programs that WANT you to play for their program, when others will know.