Soccer Recruiting Timeline

Joining camps starting your freshmen year helps develop skill and exposure for recruitment. Start out with sending emails to assistant coaches and be program specific. Emails should include knowledge of the program and its never too early to start developing your highlight tape. The hard work you put in beginning your Freshmen year will score a goal with collegiate coaches.

 

Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Look into joining ID camps for the summer
  • Make a highlight tape
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Go on unofficial visits to colleges
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, send letters and emails
  • Attend camps with the goals of honing your skills and to gain exposure 

 

Importance of Introduction Letter in Soccer Recruiting

 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and on the field
  • Standouts are proactive, it’s never too early for YOU to write a letter or make a call to coaches
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until Junior year, but YOU can contact them
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically

 

Sophomore Year

  • Film your highlights tape- film your games
  • Get an evaluation of your skills tape
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Narrow down your prospective list of schools
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters, emails
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Make unofficial visits

 

Junior Year

  • Continue to film your highlights tape
  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner, ask them if they saw you play
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list, proactive in asking DI coaches questions
  • Attend I.D. camps over the summer
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schoolsNarrow down your prospective schools list

 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • If you haven’t heard from DI coaches, start reaching out to DII, DIII, NAIA programs
  • If you are considering NAIA program, register with NAIA Eligibility Center
  • Contact coaches at least once a week

 

Senior Year

  • Make official visits – allowed only 5
  • Continue to get fully evaluated
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Continue to communicate with coaches and build relationships
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply for financial aid- FAFSA.edu.gov starting Jan. 1st
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program (Offers in Fall/Winter for DI, signing in February, last day to commit is August 1st)
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime

 

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