College Soccer Recruiting
College Soccer Recruiting in the USA or Canada usually brings to mind questions on the process – by you, your parents and approximately 800,000 other youth players and parents in the USA alone. You are not alone when it comes to pursuing educational funding by using the game you love! Although most youth players only focus on a roster spot on the varsity team, there usually is many other places around your chosen school – for you to play! A recruitment plan will identify more than seventy percent more opportunities for funding than the traditional old school methods used by most players and parents.
Think Outside the BOX!
A showcase might allow you to play in front of 200 coaches from Universities. However only about one third of the schools in North America give out soccer scholarships! A showcase of 200 coaches may only have 70 teams who can actually pay you to play soccer! Remember there are other players already on the college team so maybe only 3 scholarships are available per college? If there are 340 teams at your showcase (6800 players) you only have a 3 percent chance of landing a scholarship. It may be wise to really look at the statistics when you only look at scholarships when you are deciding on your funding.
Dont forget to include your Non-Soccer Experience on your Video!
Conjunctional scholarships are also the norm in North America. You will need to detail some of your other activities above and beyond your soccer for athletic directors. Other activities would include Good Marks in a specific subject. It also may include participation in Community Service Activities, Membership in Organizations etcetera. Consider what my players have done, and maybe it will work for you – get video while participating in quality competition – send that out to 30 schools that provide excellent value in Education. You will do as all of my players have done in the photograph below – qualify for a roster spot, enjoy your play and most importantly jump start your professional career!
Let’s Stop and Think – the Recruitment Process is really a Sales Process!
The recruitment process is much more about selling than Soccer! College Soccer Recruiting means finding a market for your soccer skill. It also means you find a buyer that will give you good value for your service! That is your recruitment process in a nutshell! Showcases may be important to help you obtain video but may limit exposure. Your video sent out to target schools get much better results through increased exposure!
Start Early when it Comes to the Recuitment- It makes for much more success!
College Soccer Recruiting needs to be started when your are in the middle of your Grade 10 (Sophmore) year. You will find most players wait till its too late before they start to focus on their recruitment plan. When you start before they do you increase your odds on your choice schools of play. You will also have more time to look at alternatives to varsity team play. It may be possible you cant make the varsity team in your first year! You can take the time to peruse intramural teams, local semi-pro teams, businesses that hire soccer players for their senior mens and womens teams and you can add professional soccer into your recruitment plan. Universityprepsoccer.com will clarify alternate markets for your skill.