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Women's Soccer Recruiting Guide

Impact of Coronavirus on College Soccer Recruiting: The NCAA has continued its suspension of all in-person recruiting through August 31; Different rules have been approved for the D2 level.  The NCAA also granted an extra year of eligibility to college seniors. The impact of coronavirus on sports is that right now, all recruiting activity is happening online. The timing of when sports will come back is being determined by the state, local and national governing bodies. Here is more information on how coronavirus will impact Soccer.  We’re also sharing survey results from 600+ college coaches, in which we asked how they think COVID-19 will impact recruiting.

For many soccer players, competing at the college level is the result of a lifetime of work

From running around freshly cut grass as a young kid to playing under the bright lights on a competitive club team, for most women’s soccer players, the road to playing in college began many years before their recruitment. And that’s why gathering the necessary information and picking the right college to play ball is so important. Fortunately, we’ve compiled this informative guide to help readers find the women’s soccer program that’s just right for them.

We’ve outlined the major sections that will help guide student-athletes along the way on their college recruitment journey. The recruitment process for women’s soccer is becoming increasingly competitive, and college coaches are recruiting prospects earlier than ever—even as early as 8th grade. NCSA’s own survey of college coaches states that 7% of D1 women’s soccer coaches begin evaluating talent in 8th grade or earlier. That’s why student-athletes need to start early on obtaining club and tournament experience and make sure they ace the recruitment process every step of the way. To do that, they’ll need to know exactly what college programs are looking for, and that’s why this information is invaluable. Everything you need to know about playing soccer in college.

Readers should use this sport-specific information along with our College Recruiting Guide, which outlines the recruiting process from the start to Signing Day.

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Review the college women's soccer recruiting rules and calendar

The NCAA rules prohibit D1 college coaches from actively recruiting a women’s soccer player before their junior year. However, there are many athletes committing to programs before this time. How is that possible? Read up on the written—and unwritten—rules of women’s soccer recruiting.

Understand how to use the women’s soccer recruiting rules and calendar.

Stack up against other athletes using the women's soccer recruiting guidelines

It’s important for athletes to accurately gauge their own athletic talent. By having a good idea of what coaches are looking for in their players, recruits can compile a list of target schools that they’re more likely to get into, and also determine which division level is the best fit for them. Playing against stiff competition in the U.S. Development AcademyElite Clubs National League, or Olympic Development Program is a great way to match up against other top recruits. Comparing physical attributes and skill sets to college players is another good way to gauge talent. We’ve compiled guidelines that will help athletes find a program where they can be competitive.

Discover the best division level for you by reviewing the women’s soccer recruiting guidelines.

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Learn how college women's soccer scholarships work

Athletic scholarships are available for collegiate women’s soccer players at the Division 1, Division 2, NAIA and junior college levels. However, the number of athletic scholarships varies by division level, and coaches can choose to give out partial or full-ride scholarships. In this section, we explain more about scholarship opportunities, how they are divided up and how Division 3 athletes can find scholarship dollars.

Learn more about how much women’s soccer scholarship money you might qualify for.

Get discovered by college women's soccer coaches

College coaches are looking for athletes who are fast, skilled and have extensive club experience. From there, the only way a recruit can make sure college coaches know who they are is if they’re proactively reaching out to coaches. In this section, we go over what staying proactive in the recruitment process looks like, including how to find the right schools, contact women’s soccer coaches, develop relationships with programs that would be a good fit and much more.

See what it takes to get recruited for women’s soccer.

Create an eye-catching recruiting video coaches will respond to

While college women’s soccer coaches prefer to see prospects play in person, the vast majority of them use highlight videos as part of their evaluation process. Our former collegiate coaches offer insider tips on how to make athletes’ highlight videos stand out, including how to begin each video, the right footage to use and how to film during a game.

Check out these guidelines for making your highlight video.

Attend women's soccer tournaments, showcases and ID camps

Club tournaments are the most popular means for coaches to gauge recruits at the D1 level, while ID camps and clinics can also be used for evaluation. Gaining experience on the field against other elite players is valuable, but the real draw to attending tournaments and camps is being seen by college coaches who rely on these events to evaluate a large number of recruits in a single weekend or event. It’s smart to attend, but recruits will want to pick the right event for them.

Find the right event for your women’s soccer recruiting process.

Find Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA and NJCAA women's soccer colleges

There are more than 1,500 colleges across the U.S. that have women’s soccer teams. The real challenge for student-athletes is to find the one that’s the right fit. In this section, we’ve laid out the differences between divisions.

Learn more about the different college divisions.

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