Many times parents and players are seeking information on the college soccer and
recruitment process. They are not sure where to turn for information. There are so many
questions to ask. When do I apply to College? How important are test scores? How do I contact
a college coach? Do I need a video? What is the NCAA Clearinghouse? How do I begin the
It is very important to know that no one course is correct for everyone. Each school and
coach may handle the process differently for their prospective student-athletes. But there are
many things you need to know about the process before you begin.
When looking at schools, try to find a campus you love and where you can see yourself
attending for four to five years. Look for a school that has your major area of concentration. Try
to find a school that has a soccer program where you’ll play and enjoy yourself. Be honest with
yourself about where you might fit in academically and athletically and be honest with yourself
and the coach you are communicating with.
Schools and coaches also look for good students. One of the most important things to
remember is to work hard and keep your grades up. You should be a student first and an athlete
It is also our hope that you will check with the school and their umbrella organization to
make sure of their policies, scholarship availability, rules and programs. There are differences
between those umbrella organizations rules. For example, the NCAA Division I and II, NCAA
Division III and NAIA have different rules for what coaches may do during the recruitment
process. So do your homework and remember to ask questions.
It is our hope that the information provided in this guide will help you to answer some of
those questions and point you to the right sources for additional information. There are some
guidelines that will help you as you prepare for this exciting, yet sometimes intimidating,
(Many of these items pertain to NCAA schools only. It’s always best to check with the umbrella organization to verify recruitment rules. The governing organizations meet on a regular basis and can change rules. For NCAA schools always check here for the latest information:
(NCAA Div I and Div II coaches cannot call or write you yet, only send general information and camp information, so don’t be disappointed if you write a coach and they do not write you back. Only NCAA Div III coaches may contact you at this time.)
As of September 1, you can now talk on the phone with a coach at NCAA Div. I level. (June 15 for NCAA Div II ) If you are a top level player, expect some phone calls. If not, call the coach yourself. A letter followed by a call shows interest in the program.).
(When classes begin, you may start taking official visits to the schools that have interest in you and vice versa.)
Draft a tentative list of colleges that interest you. Your list may include schools in your area,
schools that have a particular major of interest to you, or schools you know very little about.
Your list may be long but in the early stages you don’t want to eliminate any school you are
curious about. It is very important that you look at the school for its academic programs as well
as its athletic programs.
Your academic experience in college is what will provide an important foundation for your
chosen career path after college. Not many players plan to be professional athletes. In addition,
it’s not uncommon for an injury to happen that could end your college soccer career. You want
to end up at a place that you will enjoy attending even if you never play athletics there.
Here are some questions that may aid you in your college selection:
Students that plan to compete in athletics at the college level must meet certain eligibility requirements set forth by the NCAA.
Students who have not met the NCAA eligibility
requirements will not be allowed to participate in college athletics.
We have including the following link to assist you in this process.
For information go to:
Students who plan to compete in athletics at the Division I or Division II college level must
complete the NCAA Clearinghouse form in order to be eligible. Division III does not use the
eligibility Center. There is a $30 registration fee. To pay online you will need to use a credit
card. The steps for registering on line are as follows:
Division I member institutions have to sponsor at least seven sports for men and seven for
women (or six for men and eight for women) with two team sports for each gender. Each playing
season has to be represented by each gender as well. There are contest and participant minimums
for each sport, as well as scheduling criteria. For sports other than football and basketball,
Division I schools must play 100 percent of the minimum number of contests against Division I
opponents — anything over the minimum number of games has to be 50 percent Division I.
Division I schools must meet minimum financial aid awards for their athletics program, and
there are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that a Division I school cannot exceed.
For a list of member schools/sports link: http://web1.ncaa.org/memberLinks/links.jsp?div=1
Division II institutions have to sponsor at least five sports for men and five for women, (or four
for men and six for women), with two team sports for each gender, and each playing season
represented by each gender. There are contest and participant minimums for each sport, as well
as scheduling criteria. For sports other than football and basketball there are no scheduling
requirements. There are not attendance requirements for football, or arena game requirements for
basketball. There are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that a Division II school must
not exceed. Division II teams usually feature a number of local or in-state student-athletes. Many
Division II student/athletes pay for school through a combination of scholarship money, grants,
student loans and employment earnings. Division II athletics programs are financed in the
8 institution’s budget like other academic departments on campus. Traditional rivalries with
regional institutions dominate schedules of many Division II athletics programs.
For a list of
member schools/sports link: http://web1.ncaa.org/memberLinks/links.jsp?div=2
Division III institutions have to sponsor at least five sports for men and five for women, with two
team sports for each gender, and each playing season represented by each gender. There are
minimum contest and participant minimums for each sport. Division III athletics features
student/athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletic ability and athletic
departments are staffed and funded like any other department in the university. Division III
athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants
rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete’s experience is of paramount concern. Division
III athletics encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics
opportunities available to students, placing primary emphasis on regional in-season and
For a list of member schools/sports link: http://web1.ncaa.org/memberLinks/links.jsp?div=3
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has different eligibility
requirements for student-athletes. To be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics as an
incoming freshman, two of the following three requirements must be met:
Student-athletes must also have on file at the college an official ACT Assessment or SAT I score
report from the appropriate national testing center. Results reported on the student’s high school
transcript are not acceptable. Students must request that their test scores be forwarded to the
college’s admission office. If you have additional questions about NAIA eligibility, contact them
For a list of member schools: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205322922
For rules on financial aid, campus visits, etc. refer to Article II:
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is the governing body of
intercollegiate athletics for two-year colleges. As such, its programs are designed to meet the
unique needs of a diverse group of student-athletes who come from both traditional and nontraditional
backgrounds and whose purpose in selecting a junior college may be as varied as their
experiences before attending college. For information on schools and eligibility requirements go
For a list of member schools by gender and sport:
(Some of these items pertain to NCAA schools only. It’s always best to check with the umbrella organization
to verify recruitment rules. The governing organizations meet on a regular basis and can change rules).
There can be a lot of confusion about contacting college coaches, especially if you are new to the
recruiting game. This is the time of year when athletes start thinking a lot about getting calls
from a college coach and there are usually a lot of questions surrounding the topic.
Is it okay for an athlete to call a coach? When can a coach call an athlete?
Are there any rules to be aware of when you are hoping to be recruited by a college coach? To help simplify this, here
are a few simple tips to guide your future interaction with college coaches:
Colleges may ask you to complete an on-line questionnaire or mail you one to complete. It is a
way for them to get initial information on you.
Most prospective student-athletes will receive some contact from colleges, in the form of general
admissions information, questionnaires, and/or emails from college coaches. Many student athletes
make the mistake of disregarding correspondence from colleges and coaches they are not
initially interested in. No college contact should be neglected!
The following is a list of reasons why you should respond to EVERYONE:
Remember, it will only take a little bit of your time, and will definitely be worth it if you are
keeping in touch with every college/university that you hear from. Who knows – it may even be
the one you decide upon!
You should put together a resume that includes your basic personal information, athletic accomplishments and provides information about your past teams, camps, tournaments and other
soccer experiences. Don’t forget to include athletic accomplishments in other sports as well.
Coaches like to see athletic versatility and talent. Then list your scholastic accomplishments,
include standardized test scores if available, and any extracurricular activities, such as school
clubs or volunteer activities. Let the Coach know of any showcase tournaments you will be
attending with your club team. That is a great way to be seen by a prospective coach.
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