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Some clubs say you must play with them in order to get recruited. After which after you read some of the articles written by NCSA Athleadership Network says this is not the case.

You will also read other myth's as well and you will read some best practices in order to truly get your son's or daughter's recruited. We are hoping you make the time to read these articles so you can start your campaign. 

Be Realistic

There are more than 1700 college programs. 80% are outside Division I

Find out where you stand

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There are 42,738 college coaches in the NCSA Network

Our scouts help them screen potential recruits

For all sports - this is College Recruiting Simplified:

How Can You Maximize Your College Athletic Scholarship Potential?

There are 5 Things every recruit needs to understand about the recruiting process and college athletic scholarships.

  1. When Does the Recruiting Process Start?
  2. Where Do Coaches Find Recruits?
  3. How Do Coaches Evaluate Student-Athletes?
  4. Where Can I Play?
  5. What is my Coach's Role in the Recruiting Process?

But, What Do I Need to DO to Get Recruited?

Below are the 5 things you need to do to ace the recruiting process and get the college athletic scholarships you deserve:

  1. How do I Decide which Opportunities are available?
  2. Where Should I Post my Academic and Athletic Resume?
  3. How do I Showcase my Ability to College Coaches?
  4. How Many Coaches do I Need to Connect With?
  5. What Should I do After I Connect With a College Coach?

Learn More about the recruiting process and college athletic scholarships by seeing what opportunities you qualify for!

When Does Recruiting Start?

The recruiting process started yesterday!

Myth: Recruiting begins when you are contacted by a college coach during junior or senior of high school.

Reality: Due to the rise in athletic scholarship need and the increase of available information for college coaches, the recruiting process is starting earlier than ever before. According to the NCAA, college coaches are starting to identify 7th and 8th graders as recruits and are even starting to offer scholarships to prospects before their freshman year.

Get Started Now! No recruit has ever started too early or been too prepared. Take action and approach recruiting like your sport and school work - spend time working on it everyday.

Where Do Coaches Recruit?

College Coaches Start with Verified, Third Party Information

Myth: Colleges coaches discover talent by attending camps, combines, showcases, tournaments, and high school games.

Reality: College coaches depend on verified information from reliable sources about prospects as young as 7th grade. Most coaches attend tournaments, games, and camps with a list of student athletes they will evaluate, not with the hopes of discovering prospects.

84% of Division I prospects are identified by the end of sophomore year. You need to be pro-active in getting your name, academic scores and athletic achievements in front of coaches.

Make sure your athletic ability, recruiting information and academic qualificaitons have been verified by credible sources that college coaches trust!

How Do Coaches Evaluate?

College coaches evaluate prospects online.

Myth: College coaches initially evaluate talent by attending high school games and watching unsolicited video sent from students and families.

Reality: College coaches do a majority of their initial evaluation by looking at video – requested or received from reliable sources – often delivered online or digitally. After watching video, a coach may decide to have a member of his or her staff make an in-person evaluation.

Make sure to have your edited highlight video and full game footage online in a format that can be easily distributed to college coaches.

Your video must make it easy for coaches to identify you and your play.

Where Can I Play?

Be realistic: Less than 1% get a DI full ride!

Myth: NCAA Division I is the only viable option for collegiate athletics

Reality: There are over 1,800 U.S. colleges and universities that sponsor collegiate athletics and are able to offer financial packages. More than 94% of those opportunities fall outside of DI.

Have clear expectations of the college programs you qualify for based on athletic and academic performance, whether that's DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, or NJCAA. (And, yes, DIII schools provide financial packages, too!)

Great schools exist at all levels. Expand your horizons and increase your odds. The more schools in your pool, the better your chances.

Who Is Responsible?

Your coach cannot get you a scholarship!

Myth: Many student athletes believe their high school or club coaches are responsible for their recruiting process and getting them scholarships.

Reality: The average high school coach has contact with fewer than five college coaches and most of them are local. Student-athletes and their families are ultimately responsible for connecting with college coaches.

Don't eliminate 99% of your options by relying solely on your high school coach. Meet with your coaches and gain a clear understanding of who will be responsible for every aspect of your recruiting process.

Take ownership of your effort. Show as much desire in the recruiting process as you do in your sport!

Get Evaluated

Get Evaluated

Every student athlete needs an objective, third-party evaluation to determine “best fit” qualifications for various college programs. A knowledgeable third party helps set realistic expectations on programs, competition levels, academic fit and schools, helping you target 100 to 200 realistic opportunities.

Build a Recruiting Profile

NCSA Recruiting Profile

The days of delivering paper résumés through the mail are over. Coaches now view websites that contain all the athletic and academic information needed to recruit a prospect. Coaches need to be able to see more athletes, more efficiently.

NCSA developed the Recruiting Profile to help student-athletes to eliminate the hassle of sending hundreds of packages across the country. The Recruiting Profile allows college coaches to view all your necessary up to date athletic and academic information instantly.

Check out a Recruiting Profile Sample

Create a Video

Every student athlete needs a highlight and skills video to convey their athletic abilities to college coaches. These videos are now typically streamed online and sent through e-mail. The best videos are digitally enhanced, sequenced properly and have spot shadowing. The difference in a quality enhanced NCSA video and a simple homemade video can be a deal breaker.

Your video must focus on what college coaches want to see. Make them want to watch you!

Learn how to properly showcase your talent!

Connect with Coaches


Student athletes need to understand that receiving a few letters from college coaches does not constitute serious recruitment. College coaches contact thousands of student athletes in order to have enough options to fill needs. Student athletes need to play the same game: market to a minimum of 100 college coaches, preferably, 200!

To streamline the overwhelming process NCSA Created Recruit-Match to:

  1. Effortlessly connect our Student Athletes with our network of over 1,700 colleges and 35,000 college coaches based on any factor a student athlete deems important
  2. Provides the Student Athlete with the necessary feedback to understand which coaches have real interest.

It’s a numbers game. The more “right fit” schools and coaches you’re contacting, the more likely you are to succeed at being recruited.

Follow Up Correctly

It's a 40 year decision-Get it right!

In an effort to narrow their Recruiting boards, college coaches are always looking for a reason to cross recruits off their lists. Throughout the process every recruit faces countless scenarios that can make or break their recruiting efforts. Every student athlete needs a step by step plan in order to succesfully navigate through the recruiting process.

One of the most important decisions a young person will make while in high school is the choice of a college to attend. If the student is fortunate to not only be academically qualified but also athletically as well, then opportunities exist to secure a college scholarship.

The lucky student who possesses recognized soccer abilities has additional opportunities if they become known. College coaches are constantly on the lookout for new prospects. Often you will find coaches at tournaments viewing any number of players. As a prospective college player, it is of utmost importance that you be identified as early as possible. Important ways to showcase your abilities include tournaments, club soccer, high school soccer, and the Olympic Development Program. Many coaches begin identifying potential prospects in a player's junior year of high school (club soccer ages U16 and U17). Most scholarship offers are made early in a students senior year. Players can verbally commit to schools as early as July 1st preceding their senior year in high school.

Attending tournaments etc is not all it takes to be recognizd by college coaches. You must let the coaches know you exist so they can watch you play. Soccer is so big and so organized albeit under the publicity radar that often college coaches won't know to look for you unless you let them know you'd like them to.

A prospective college player must take the following course of action:

1 - Make a list of potential colleges (NCAA, NAIA & NJCAA you would like to attend. You may need a list of 20-30 schools.The NSCAA displays the rankings of all college soccer programs. You can use this to locate schools that are competitive in their respected levels of competitions.

A number of factors should be considered when selecting a college: Local vs away-from-home - Commuting vs residential campus - Large vs small school - Area of academic interest - The cost of education - The success of the program - Sunday play - etc.

2 - Send a letter of introduction to the coach at your colleges of interest. Express your interest in that school and why (both academically and athletically). This letter shouldinclude a player profile/resume including: (make is short & sweet, to the point, one to two pages max)

a. Your name, address, and telephone number, email address
b. High school and club team,
c. Grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores and academic interests,
d. Player position/s,
e. Club soccer awards
f. High School soccer awards
g. Academic Awards
h. Other Athletic awards

This letter should be sent before your junior year begins and again before the beginning of your senior year. Include a schedule of tournaments and club and high school league games so that a coach can have an opportunity to see you play as much as possible.

3 - Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. This will assure you are on the right academic track helping assure your eligibility and avoid unwanted surprises. Also, you must receive an NCAA Clearinghouse number before you can make an official visit to a campus you are interested in.

4- Follow up by personally contacting coaches and introducing yourself (Note: NCAA rules currently won't allow NCAA coaches to return your calls before July 1st preceding your senior year in high school. Therefore don't assume a coach has no interest in you because they don't return your call. Keep contacting them. Also don't think this means you should just wait until your Senior year).

5 - Take the ACT and SAT test early in your junior year. This will allow plenty of time for re-takes if you'd like to or need to improve your score. Also, by taking the test and if you're lucky enough to get a high school this will imediately help your recruiting status. Continue to improve your grade point average (a coach would rather not invest in a player who has a marginal grade point average who risks their eligibility once in college). Also, due to the limited scholarship money available to women's soccer programs, many coaches would like you to be able to receive academic scholarship money as well.

5 -Look in to government financial aids such as FAFSA. FAFSA is a program that, if a player qualifies, does not have to pay back. Having financial aid like this allows coaches to spend the smaller amount of scholarship money on you. This is good because you become more attractive to the coaches due to the reduced percentage of recruiting money you require as well as allows to have scholarship money available for other high profile players that will improve the quality of your teammates.

Remember, a college coach will have the above type of interchange with not only you but with 25 other prospects as well. Being prepared both academically, athletically, and organizationally will enhance your possibilities as a college player prospect.

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