How men’s college soccer players are evaluated
Coaches look for soccer players who have ODP (Olympic Development Program) experience or experience playing on a top club team. Recruits need to be varsity starters who have competed in regional or national soccer tournaments. The more experience you have on your sport’s resume, the more impressed a coach will be with your potential.
College coaches evaluate your stats first and then they decide if it is worth it to pursue you for their team. Coaches want to review your average stats and a highlight reel to make sure you are worth their time. Make sure to keep accurate and updated records of your performance and to present them professionally to a coach whenever possible.
Why college soccer camps matter
Camps, showcases and combines help improve your abilities while giving you necessary exposure to prospective coaches. These camps also give you an inside look at how competitive soccer actually is at the college level. You can compare your soccer skills to all the other high school players who will be competing against you for the few open positions on college teams.
Soccer camps also give you an opportunity to perform in front of potential college coaches. These are your chances to shine and secure a place on a college team. They are also a great way to market yourself, if you are hoping to receive a men’s soccer scholarship.
Be recruited and play men’s college soccer
These are some of the steps you should take in order to be recruited to play college soccer:
1) Make sure you are aware of all of the recruitment deadlines, guidelines and academic requirements.
2) Send out an introductory letter that explains your accomplishments to every potential college soccer coach.
3) Work on your speed, your accuracy, your passing, and your ability to direct the ball anywhere you want it on the field.
4) Hire a recruiting professional to create an effective marketing package and highlight video that you can give to potential coaches.
5) Sign up for high profile soccer camps, combines, and showcase to gain exposure at the college level.
6) Build lasting relationships with college coaches. Make sure you are always responding to their questions in a timely and professional manner. If you are unsure of how to respond, then you should consult a recruitment expert.
7) Maintain an above average grade point average and try to earn awards for extra circular activities to demonstrate that you are a well-rounded person.