Are you are a football athlete and looking to gain a football scholarship? This section on football scholarships will help you understand what American football scholarships consist of.

Football is the most popular sport in the United States. So of course,  most scholarship money is spent on American Football scholarships. Football games are aired on national television and that is a good way you can start to see what its like to be a football star athlete. Universities and colleges award football scholarships to very talented football players, which enables the athlete to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate matches and national championships. If you are a male athlete you are able to gain a football scholarship.

The best time to go to the USA with a sport scholarship is right after graduation from high school or up to two years after. Only athletes ages 18 – 24 can compete within the college leagues. Any older and you will be looking at competing in the NAIA. Coaches are increasingly committing to younger athletes as this gives them the opportunity to work with the athletes for a longer period of time. It is also possible to go to the USA for one to four years, the amount of years you spend at a university depends on what degree you want to gain. We would recommend going to America as early as possible because this will give you the best chance of gaining a sports scholarship and turning professional after college.



Athletic football scholarships can be achieved if you are at the right level. For good football players on the level of Division I the chances to receive a full scholarship are relatively high if you know who to contact.

In order to get the most opportunities from your profile and receive higher scholarship offers, it is important that you try to participate more in national tournaments in the time prior to starting U.S college. This will show college coaches that you are able to compete at a high level.

If you are competing at national level then you have a great chance of receiving a 100% sport scholarship. Coaches will also look at an athlete’s potential, it’s a vital aspect, as coaches know from experience that even moderate athletic performance can be boosted immensely with their intensive training methods. A college recruitment coach will look at a sport CV, the athlete, photographs, video and our staff advice regarding the athletes ability.

To find out whether you have what is takes in obtaining a football scholarship and therefore being placed in a college team, please complete our free application form Apply Now, so the team can evaluate your potential as a possible future college athlete. A sports consultant will go through everything you need to know about the sports scholarship process.

American Football Facilities


Football training on a football scholarships program

If you gain a football scholarship you will be expected to practice with the team for around 4-6 hours a day 5 times a week. This would consist of football training and some additional strength and conditioning training. If you feel you are currently lacking strength in muscle and size then don’t worry. Athletes USA works with leading sports nutrition brands that supply our athletes with leading sports nutrition products and information on how to reach you potential in the gym.

Football practice can seem tough to an international student-athlete because you may not be used to the hard workouts and training. This hard training often allows football athletes to reach previously unattained levels of fitness and performance while playing at college. Many college athletes go on to be professional after they leave university.

The Football season

The football season always begins in winter (Fall Term/ August). If you are looking to join a football college team you need to be signed to the college team around a year before.

Football National Championships
Men: NCAA I+II: November / December NAIA: November

Do I have to play college Football before I can go pro?
Yes you must compete in college football before you are allowed to play professionally. This rule was made by the NCAA and the NFL.