How college female soccer athletes are evaluated
College coaches want you to have club experience in order to be considered at qualified to play at the college level. It is not a coincident that over 95% of Division II, III, and NAIA soccer players participated in a club program. You also need to be a leader on your high school soccer team. Almost 70% of Division II, III, and NAIA college soccer players earned recognition at the high school level.
If you have been working hard enough at your soccer career to play on a club team, then you should be able to grab a coach’s attention and convince them to watch you in action. If you can get a coach to watch you play, make sure you are clearly demonstrating your speed, your passing, and your accuracy on the field. The better you can showcase your range of athletic abilities, the better your chance will be of playing at the college level.
Why college soccer camps for women matter
There is no faster way to show college coaches how much you deserve a scholarship then impressing them at a soccer camp or showcase. College camps give you an opportunity to demonstrate your abilities in direct comparison to other high school soccer players. If you are a good enough soccer player to earn a scholarship, then college camps are your chance to shine.
If you want to play at the college level, you need to be constantly working on your foot work, speed and aim. College camps help you to improve on your skills with drills and technique building exercises. It is always beneficial to show coaches that you want to work on improving yourself.
If you attend a college camp at a school that you are interesting in attending, it will give you an opportunity to check out the campus and current women’s soccer team. Make sure you make real connections with coaches and express your sincere interest in their soccer program.
Steps to be recruited and play women’s college soccer
Here are the steps you should take if you are hoping to be recruiting for college soccer:
1) Ask an expert for advice. There are professionals who understand all of the recruitment requirements, guidelines and deadlines.
2) Send out an introduction letter that explains your accomplishments to every potential college coach. If you use email, do not make it a mass mailing. You should gear each letter to each specific college.
3) Practice your passing, your speed, your ball handling and your accuracy to make sure that you can be competitive at the college level.
4) Hire a recruiting professional to develop an effective marketing package with a highlight video that you can use to sell yourself to potential coaches.
5) Sign up for every soccer showcase, combine and training camp that you can to increase your exposure.
6) Maintain a high GPA and try to earn awards for extra circular activities to show that you are well-rounded.
7) Build lasting relationships with college coaches by always responding to their questions in a timely and professional manner.