The Soccer Institute
College Soccer Guide -
provides links to Men's and Women's College soccer programs, NCAA Eligibility Rules, admission criteria, scholarships, and insights for prospective student-athletes entering the recruiting process.
will also feature highlight articles from college coaches and players, bring you the latest rankings, NCAA Tournament schedules and results for both Men's and Women's college soccer, and special topics during the fall.
COLLEGE SOCCER is the natural progression for talented and dedicated youth and high school players.
HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER PLAYERS:
You probably spend a great deal of time all year training to improve your skills, fitness, and game play...
What are you doing to prepare for college soccer admission?
DID YOU KNOW....
NCAA Rules require you to take specific CORE Courses to be eligible to play in college.
NCAA Rules require you to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average.
NCAA Rules require you to take the SAT test and achieve a specific score to receive a scholarship.
Most colleges have a sliding admission scale...factoring in both SAT scores and high school GPA.
COLLEGE SOCCER... A summary for the high school player
College coaches are busy people.
They have to train and monitor their current student athletes, scout opponents, handle administrative details (schedule games/team travel, budgeting, NCAA compliance) and of course there is the RECRUITING !
The United States is a big country
....geographically and in population....so coaches can't see everyone
High school players (also called prospects) will be competing for admission and limited scholarship funds with a lot of other high school players from across the nation for that scholarship to the top programs.
So you will likely need a few tips to get you started in the right direction. See TIPS below.
How do you get recruited to play college soccer ?
Well...if you are very lucky...your high school or club coach knows all the college soccer coaches personally, has a good reputation with them for identifying and developing players that succeed in college so their recommendation is valued and gets you in the door. Most high school players aren't so lucky...
High school prospects should take the initiative to send a letter with a resume to college coaches in their freshman year to request information that is required for admission to that school.
Many high school players wait until Junior year...when it's too late to make up missing core classes, or raise their GPA (Grade Point Average) high enough to meet certain college standards...like CAL and the IVY LEAGUE.
Playing high school and Premier club soccer provides prospects many advantages; the primary one is admissions support and for the elite player assistance with financing a college education.
BENEFITS of being a recruited STUDENT - ATHLETE:
Tips for HIGH SCHOOL players:
- Admission support by the athletic department may get you in to a top rated school.
- Athletic Scholarship funds for exceptional athletes. Many opportunities for female soccer players!
- Academic Support for enrolled student athletes.
- Athletic housing, Team Travel, and building lifetime friendships.
Send a letter right now to the college coaches at schools you are considering attending.
In the letter include contact information, year of high school graduation, and playing awards/history.
Ask the coach to send you the school requirements for admission.
Ask the coach about their recruiting needs for your year of graduation and if scholarship is available.
You should watch the college team play, so you know their level of play, system, coaching methods.
Many high school recruits are unrealistic about their goals. Everyone can't play division I !!!
8. GET YOUR ACADEMICS IN ORDER NOW !
Coaches want responsible students that they don't have to follow around to get them to attend class and stay NCAA Eligible. YOU become a much better prospect for the college coach to support with admissions if you have a good academic record.
REMEMBER: College Coaches can only support a limited number of prospects each year!
NOTE: The Soccer Institute
will provide you with a free sample prospect letter
to send to college coaches.
we are just trying to help athletes and college coaches.
Send email requests to: info@TheSoccerInstitute.com
sample prospect letter.