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August 1, 2019

Soccer Recruiting Advice

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ID CAMPS AND SOCCER SHOWCASES

It’s safe to say that if you are looking to play soccer at the collegiate level, you should be attending ID camps and soccer showcases. Both of these are intended to help you get noticed and evaluated by coaches.  Attending these can improve your chances of playing in college, so look into the best ones. College coaches will utilize popular summer ID camps to rev up their recruiting pool.

The big question for us has always been, “which ID camps and showcase tournaments can help me get on a coaches radar and then hopefully recruited by college coaches.” You should be attending camps at the schools that you feel is going to be a good fit both academically and physically. You do not want to be wasting precious time and money on a camp just because you think you must attend a ton of them.  For showcases, check the website to see which college programs have confirmed attendance. Most importantly, email coaches to let them know you will be there.

It would help if you started searching for showcases during your freshman and sophomore years. It’s essential to start early because the competition in soccer has grown so much over the years. Some showcases open up for registration five to six months in advance and are first-come-first-serve basis. So you want to be prepared and set a reminder months in advance. 

When all is said and done, be sure to send the coaches that were interested in you a handwritten thank you note. This written note will show that you are interested in playing for their program. 

SOCCER QUESTIONNAIRE

Filling out a soccer questionnaire might not sound like fun, but it’s a must. All of the NCAA divisions have soccer questionnaires for prospective athletes to fill out on their team website. You need to fill these out so that you are in the college coach’s system. The questionnaire is their form of communication.  This will also alert college soccer coaches, and then they will know that you are interested in their soccer program. 

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Highlight videos are vital to the soccer recruiting process. Videos are a resource that coaches need so they can revert back to so they are reminded of your skill set. They can also compare and contrast you to other players.  Coaches have limited time and resources, so it’s another way to see your skills. This is your chance to capture the coaches attention by creating a quality video with your best plays. The highlight video should be 3-5 minutes long and include 20 snip-its of game action for field players. The rule of thumb is if the video is longer than 5 minutes you will run the chance of the coach losing interest. Let’s not forget the goalies. You will need skills footage from training should supplement game footage.

COMMUNICATE WITH THE COACHES

Coaches do not want to communicate with your parents. They want to talk to you. Let’s face it, your the one who is going to be playing for the coach for the next four years, not your parents. You need to respond to the coaches promptly. They want potential recruits to act like an adult, and they want to see that they are responsible. So fill out your paperwork, and communicate with the coaches, this will make you more desirable.  

ACADEMICS MATTER

Do not forget how important that grades matter in the college recruiting process.  Keep your GPA up because this will make you very attractive to coaches. A solid GPA will mean that the coaches and staff will not have to worry about a “spot” for you. If your grades are on edge the harder a coach has to push for you, the less likely he will offer you a roster spot.

Updated 8/1/19

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