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Men’s College Soccer: NCAA, D1, D2, D3, NAIA, NJCAA. What’s the Difference? Part 2

To participate in Division I or Division II athletics, students must register and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.  Students can get information on registering on the NCAA website at http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net/.

NCAA Division III schools are generally the smallest in the NCAA, although some larger schools, such as New York University, are in DIII.  Many of the four hundred twenty schools are private and high quality.  The competition level of D III schools varies widely.  Catholic University, Kenyon College, Transylvania University, Amherst, and Messiah College are examples of DIII schools.

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Men’s College Soccer: NCAA, D1, D2, D3, NAIA, NJCAA. What’s the Difference? Part 1

Several organizations govern college athletics.  These groups establish the rules for sports programs at the schools that belong to their associations.  They also run championships and establish eligibility requirements for the student athletes attending member schools.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the oldest and largest national sports organization in the United States.  This is the group many think of when considering college sports.  The schools in the NCAA range from the largest universities to small colleges.  They are grouped into three divisions.

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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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