Just because soccer season is still a couple months away doesn’t mean mens soccer recruits can ignore the recruiting process. Here are the top 5 things you should be thinking about and working toward right now.
1. Mens Soccer Recruits Start Recruiting Very Early
More so than other men’s sports like football or basketball, mens soccer recruiting starts very early. Many college programs begin looking at soccer prospects in middle school.
There are a few key reasons, the first being that there are only around 1,300 men’s soccer programs in the country, and alongside all the other sports schools offer, soccer programs usually have a relatively small budget for recruiting.
2. You Need To Have Footage Online
A small recruiting budget means less money spent on time and travel to evaluate prospects.
If you are a high school soccer player that dreams of playing at the next level, getting your name and skills to coaches via an online profile, or at the very least, a digital highlight video is where you have to start.
Soccer coaches do not have the resources to track down every possible player that could fit their program, getting them video of your skills and stats is the primary way you will get noticed, and is totally up to you.
3. You Have to be Realistic
Just over one percent of the nearly 400,000 student athletes that participate in high school soccer will play at the Division I level. The majority of college soccer programs aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly.
Nearly 85 percent of college men’s soccer players compete at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level.
These statistics aren’t meant to be discouraging; they are meant to be exciting! Use this knowledge to research some schools and programs you may have never heard of or known about.
It’s an incredible opportunity to broaden your horizons and find a place you will get a great education at while also being the best contributor you can be to a team and logging the max amount of playing time.
4. You Cannot Rely on Your High School Coach to Get You Recruited
This is true for every other sport, too, but it’s always a good reminder.
Your coach can help with your on-the-field development, but getting a scholarship to play soccer is your responsibility. Your high school or club soccer coach is probably very busy and has too many responsibilities to be able to dedicate the time that the soccer recruiting process requires.
Remember, they are also working on a budget, and more likely than not, juggling more than just coaching on a daily basis. There’s a good chance that you’re not the only one on your team soccer scouts are looking at, and having a high school coach manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is just too much to ask.
5. It Isn’t Too Late
As we talked about on the blog recently, spring sport athletes have things a little tougher after their junior season because they need to have their last highlight reels done this year.
If you are a junior wrapping up your high school season with hopes to get recruited, now is the time to get your best highlights together and get them to coaches.
You most likely have a few weeks left of both school and your season. Elicit the help you need to find programs that interest you and could potentially be a good fit in order to get noticed now and get the ball rolling on your recruiting before this summer turns into the fall of your senior year.
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