College Recruiting Information
It is important to know, 95% of the work that’s required in the recruiting process, is done by the prospective student-athlete. Start the process early and be persistent.
Ask yourself are you ready to make soccer your number 1 extra curricular activity
Determine if college soccer is for you?
Find resources like your Utah Storm Directors or thesportsource.com
Research the schools that you are interested in.
Visit school websites, talk to friends and family members, review college guidelines are a fantastic way to begin the process.
Choose the school based on education not soccer.
Things to consider, size, cost, location, weather, program history, direction of program, style of play and available scholarships at the school.
Pick 10 schools based on Education that you like
It is important to familiarize yourself with the SAT/ACT.
The PSAT is a good way to familiarize your-self with standardized testing.
You can now send emails and letters to coaches notifying them you are interested in playing soccer with their program.
You have less than a minute to catch the coach’s undivided attention. This information needs to jump off the page.
Also send coaches your resume along with your game schedules for your sophomore and junior year.
Good contact information; address, phone, numbers and email.
At this point you may also want to visit a few schools on unofficial visits.
Attend college camps and showcase tournaments to help maintain a positive reputation.
Correspondence should consistent and regular.
Find out how the team is doing. Inform them of the tournaments you will be playing in. Let them know what ODP, state, regional events you will be at. Or if you are selected for the National team.
Visit #1 should occur during end of sophomore, beginning of Junior year. This might be your unofficial visit (campus tour, admissions review, meeting with the coach
Visit #2 should occur in senior year and would be the official visit.
Unofficial Visit- Cost assumed by prospective student-athlete
Official Visit- Travel expenses, lodging, food assumed by institution.
JUNIOR YEAR (11th Grade) The most important year!
Try to narrow your search down to 5 schools that you really like.
Follow up with coaches to make sure they have received your emails and letters.
You can also ask one of your DOC's to help with the follow up process.
As of September 1 of your Junior Year you can begin to receive recruiting materials and emails from College Coaches.
Be sure to reply to schools of interest to keep the lines of communication open.
If you intend to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics as a freshmen you must be registered and certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse. www.ncaaclearinghouse.com
Register with the clearinghouse online.
With early recruiting in the women’s game clearinghouse registration needs to happen in junior year of high school.
SUMMER AFTER JUNIOR YEAR
Register with NCAA Eligibility Center:
www.eligibilitycenter.org After July 1st, you can now phone college coaches and talk to them. They may contact you once per week. You are able to contact them as many times as you would like throughout the week.
SENIOR YEAR (12th Grade)
Review all of the academic requirements and be sure you stay on track.
Apply to all Universities/Colleges that you are interested in attending.
You must work directly with your contacts at each school to verify the application process.
Take up to 5 official visits if you are not yet committed.
Do not be discouraged if you have not yet committed to a school, it is very common.
Please understand that college coaches often fill their rosters over the final stages of the recruiting process.
Sign official letter of intent (Spring semester).