Are you thinking about playing soccer in college? Does this seem like a daunting task? Hopefully the information below will help make it a little easier for you! I have culminated info from a number of sources and put it together here in one place. There is no guarantee that this will get you into college! This is just a guide. Thanks to David Carrell and Joseph Cartwright for sharing their experiences and information!
Where To Start?
The first thing you should do is make a list of possible schools. This list should start off rather large.
The collegeboard web site is an excellent tool. Use their search tools to find the schools that meet your academic and any additional requirements (www.collegeboard.org).
You can use these web sites to look at the various schools offering soccer programs at the various levels.
Things to consider when making your list:
1. Does the school meet your academic requirements?
2. Level of competition within their region/division
3. Coaching Staff
After you have determined the answers to those questions, you can start to make your list. My rule of thumb is to find 3 – 5 schools in each of the levels that offer scholarships. Those levels are: NCAA Divisions 1 & 2, NAIA and AZ Junior College. Division 3 schools and Junior Colleges in California do not offer scholarships. If you are above a 4.0 GPA, I would look at the top five schools in Division 3, in your chosen field of study. There is a good chance that you may have your school paid for by your academics.
After you have made your list, it is time to start contacting the coaches. The first thing you should do is visit the teams website. Almost every team will have a questionnaire or recruiting section. Fill that out. After that, find the email info for the head coach and assistant coach. When you send your email, email both coaches.
Make Your Soccer Resume
This is exactly what it sounds like. A detailed page with all of your soccer info in one area. Instead of trying to break this one down, I have included a few for you to look at.
What To Include In Your Email To A Coach
Start off your email by adding something that lets the coach know you have been doing your research on his school. GO WILDCATS! Would be a great intro if you are emailing the coaches at the U of A. Introduce yourself and let them know what position you play and that you want to play for their team at their school. If there is anything changing in the program in the next season, note that. List your academic achievements as well as the successes of your high school and club teams. List the contact info for the coaches or managers and include an attachment of your soccer resume. You can also list the link of your highlight video. Always end the email with your name, your uniform number, your high school and grad year, your email address and phone number. Below are two emails sent by girls who were successful in getting scholarships.
You’ve made your list of schools, you’ve filled out their recruiting info or questionnaire online and you’ve emailed the coaches expressing your desire to play at their school. The next step is to send another email to the coaches in an area where you will be playing. Let’s say you are playing in a tournament in San Diego in a few weeks. You should send an email to the coaches within a few hour drive of San Diego, three weeks prior to the tournament date. You probably won’t have a schedule yet so this is just an email that is short and sweet that lets them know you will be in their area, and you are inviting them to come and watch you play. One week before you play, and making certain you have your schedule, send a final email expressing how excited you are to be playing in the area so they can come and watch you. Make sure you include the schedule link and also spell it out game by game. Below is one example.
After the tournament, if you know the coach was there, follow up with an email thanksing them for coming. If you are unsure if they were there or not, follow up with an email saying that you hope they saw you play. Ask for their feedback in either email!
Like I said above, this is only a guideline and there are no guarantees! The only way to get college coaches out to see you play, is to put the work into the research, and make certain that they know that you want to play at their school. After that, you will have to wait and see who contacts you. If you have questions, you should speak with your coach or manager and ask them to help you.