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College Placement & Preparation Program

There is no absolute right or wrong way to approach the college placement program, there are lots of decisions to be made on the 1 to 4 year path to finding the best collegiate fit for you.


Always remember, academics is your priority, soccer is secondary. While soccer may be what you love, it likely won’t be what what you do for the rest of your life, what pays the mortgage or where you will have the most impact as a human being, during your lifetime. 


College athletics is wonderful and college athletes are mentally tough, disciplined, talented and they are sought after in the workplace. 


There is a path to become a professional soccer player through college soccer. There are also opportunities for players to go the professional route directly, instead of college soccer and while still pursuing a collegiate degree.


Our partnership with SportsRecruits and HUDL are great tools for your college process.


Key Factors to consider when creating your list of colleges:



Size of School/Classes



Year By Year Guide

College Placement Program: Freshman Year 

and athletic accomplishments.


College Placement Program: Sophomore Year


College Placement Program: Junior Year



College Placement Program: Senior Year


Useful CPPP Information


Men’s College Soccer Programs

Women’s College Soccer Programs

Do’s & Don’ts of College Soccer Recruiting

NCAA Recruiting Guide and Calendar

NCAA Eligibility Center Checklist

NCAA Eligibility Center

NAIA Eligibility Center 

Womens Soccer Recruiting/Contact Rules

Mens Soccer Recruiting/Contact Rules

ECNL – Communicating With College Coaches


Do I need an Individual Recruiting Service?

You already have one, built in and paid for with SportsRecruits. Our partnership with SportsRecruits helps facilitate your ability to identify, research and comunicate with colllege coaches, and allows our coaches to see exactly what is happening in your individual process so they are ready to assist and support you.


Ultimately, college coaches want to find the right players, by identifying them on the field or via the players contacting them directly, or through club coaches who they respect and trust, rather than through 3rd parties.






Prior to a Showcase


Game Day at a Showcase


College ID Camps

College ID Camps are an option. They can be expensive.

Financial Aid

There are three main types of financial aid available to help pay for your college education:


Financial Aid (FAFSA) – Free Application of Federal Student Aid. 

Academic Aid – The better your grades and test scores the more academic aid you may qualify for and be eligible to apply for.

Athletic Aid – DI, DII, NAIA and Jr. Colleges can provide athletic scholarships. All are limited and all will use this money very carefully.


Do not get hung up about what type of aid you get to pay for school. College coaches will actively try to help get you academic money or financial aid money, if you qualify, because it saves their budget and allows them to use that elsewhere to strengthen their squad even further.


It is not a good plan to assume athletic scholarships will pay for your college education. We are all one injury away from not playing soccer again. For top players and for any player who works hard through this process, there is a college soccer fit for you and for many of you there will likely be money available to help you, via the different types of aid listed above.


SAT/ACT Testing, GPA’s & AP Classes

Consider taking an SAT and or ACT as often as possible. For seniors, find out the last applicable date that a college will accept your scores from, as some will have a cut-off date.


On average, most students take the SAT and/or ACT test 2 to 3 times. Check to see what combination of scores can be utilized for the schools you are interested in attending. Some may let you create a ‘Super Score’, or will allow you to take the best scores from a single testing date to submit for admissions purposes.


Taking AP courses in high school could earn you college credit and academic scholarship money.


If you have a GPA of 3.5+ with an SAT of 1800 or ACT of 30, you could earn a Presidential or Provost Scholarship at a number of universities.


The better your test scores and GPA, the better opportunity you have to be accepted and to earn academic scholarship.


Remember academic application requirements can differ between institutions, so it is always important you check what you will need to submit to each school.


Separate Yourself

Not just on the soccer field. Admissions departments at many schools, especially academically elite schools will look for students who are active in their communities, especially in volunteering capacities and even more so in leadership roles within volunteer groups.


Final Thoughts

Level of Play, Club, Staff

Quality and Amount of Exposure

Individual Work Ethic

Planning and Preparation


Be Realistic

When you have set academic/geographic factors, identify schools that fit your level of play.

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