LOOKING FOR A SOCCER SCHOLARSHIP?
SOCCER SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE US?
Soccer scholarships and soccer in general has become more popular in the United States. The professional teams in the United States are governed by the MLS and you can see many professional athletes in the MLS who all played college soccer, mainly the NCAA division.
Universities and colleges award soccer scholarships to very talented football/soccer players, which allow the athlete to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate matches and national championships. If you are a male or female athlete you are able to gain football/soccer scholarships. Women’s soccer has been huge in America for decades and the American national women’s team is one of the best in the world.
Soccer Scholarships – When is the best time?
The best time to go to the USA with a soccer 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, two, three or four years, it depends on if you wish to seek a bachelor’s degree from your time there. We would recommend going to America as early as possible because this will give you the best chance of gaining a soccer scholarship and turning professional after college.
Soccer scholarships – How good do you have to be?
Athletic soccer scholarships can be achieved if you are at the right level. For good soccer players on the level of the Division I the chances to receive a full scholarship are relatively high if you know who to contact.
In order to gain the most opportunities of your profile and thus 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 a national level then you have a great chance of receiving a 100% soccer 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 or the athlete, photographs, video and our staff advice regarding the athletes ability.
To find out whether you have what is takes to obtain a soccer scholarship and therefore be placed in a college team, please complete our free application form.
The team can evaluate your potential as a possible future college athlete. If the team believes you have a chance you will be invited to join our program. A sports consultant will go through everything you need to know about the sports scholarship process.
If you gain a soccer scholarship you will be expected to practice with the team for around 3-5 hours a day 5 times a week. This would consist of football/soccer training and then some additional strength and conditioning training. If you feel you are currently lacking strength or lacking energy 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 and on the pitch.
The soccer season
The soccer season always begins in fall term. If you are looking to join a soccer college team you need to be signed to the college team around a year before.
Soccer National Championships
Men and Women:
NCAA I+II: November / December