Soccer College Recruitment

The Do’s & Don’ts — Marketing Yourself Online

I was recently browsing one of my soccer friends facebook page and noticed he put the link to his personal soccer website. Like many young soccer players, he is trying to be noticed by professional clubs, make a name for himself and play at a higher level. After looking through his site I noticed a number of areas where he could greatly improve his site. These areas aren’t so much about design and colour but the content of his site.

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Marketing Yourself – For High School Players

If you’re a high school soccer player and want to continue playing in college, start planning as early as your freshman year.  While premier-level teams or developmental programs like ODP usually market their players and are well known to college coaches, some other teams aren’t so organized.

If your team is lacking in the marketing department, you can still make a college squad.  It will just take a little more effort on your part.  To make sure you find a spot on a roster when your time comes, consider doing the following.

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9 Things to Know About Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships drive college searches more than they should. Some parents seem to think the money they’ve “invested” in training, teams and travel should come back to them by way of college scholarships.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality. Athletic scholarships should not drive the college selection process and it’s important to understand the advantages—and disadvantages—of receiving them.

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Make Your Highlight Video Stand Out!

Whatever the purpose of your highlight video there are solid ways to go about creating the best video out there.  After all, who wouldn’t want a great highlight video?  However, many people create videos that do not help their cause or the viewer simply loses interest for reasons other than the content itself.  There are some things you can do though to help make your video stand out.  

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Things to Consider When Choosing a College

            Colleges and universities come in all sorts: small and large, compact or spread out, rural, suburban, or urban, a close community or one with little interaction outside the classroom, and more or less academically rigorous.  The choices are almost endless. 

            Without some way to eliminate some from your list, the number of schools you’re considering might be impossibly long.  But even if you aren’t sure what you want in a school, a desire to play soccer can help narrow your choices.  After all, there will likely be a limited number of schools where you match the coach’s criteria, and if you want to play, your best bet is at a school where the coach is interested in you. 

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Questions for the Coach

            If you want to play soccer in college, you’ll be meeting with a few coaches.  They’ll be trying to get a feel for you, and you’ll want to do the same with them.  While you’re there, you’ll also want to gather some information to help you decide if you’d like to attend that school and what your chances of playing on the team are.

            Go to the interview with a few questions—and be prepared to make an impression.  Arrive on time or a couple minutes early.  A suit isn’t necessary, but be neatly dressed.  Don’t slouch or mumble. 

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