When you’re being recruited for women’s soccer there are plenty of steps you can take to make the process easier. NCSA can help make sure that you do every little thing that you can to separate yourself from other women’s soccer recruits.
1. Develop your game plan and get evaluated by a third party. College women’s soccer coaches don’t have the budgets to travel and see a lot of potential recruits in person, so they rely heavily on evaluations from a trusted source like NCSA. And because NCSA is a neutral third party, we provide honest answers about your skill level, which helps you set realistic goals about where you want to play college soccer.
2. Post your academic/athletic resume online. Having easy and organized access to your highlight videos, statistics, and academic information makes a women’s soccer coach’s job easier. NCSA has the largest digital platform available to high school athletes, making it easy to post videos and profiles so that you’re visible to hundreds of coaches.
3. Create a winning highlight/skills video.
Smaller budgets for college soccer teams don’t allow for women’s soccer coaches to frequently travel and see women’s soccer recruits in person, and that’s why a good highlight/skills video is essential. Use roughly 25 in-game highlights (about five minutes worth) preferably from girl’s club soccer against solid competition that best display your skills at your position.
- Forwards should show their ability to get up the field, and also how they can defend and delay an opposing team’s offense.
- Midfielders need to display that they can distribute, are confident with the ball and can establish a push up the field.
- Defenders should show highlights that prove they are capable tacklers and can win balls.
- Goalkeepers can use some in-game footage, but should also include skills clips that display lateral movement, quickness and athleticism in the box.
NCSA explains what to include on your highlight video.
4. Contact 50 to 100 realistic women’s soccer programs. There are nearly 1,400 colleges with women’s soccer programs, so when you’re a recruit for women’s soccer you’ve got plenty to choose from. Begin with a large pool of colleges to help ensure that the perfect fit rises to the top when the women’s soccer recruiting process ends. Using NCSA’s digital space makes it extremely easy to get your information to dozens of prospective colleges. Realize that the majority of college women’s soccer teams aren’t in Division I. Nearly 80% of collegiate women’s soccer players compete at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level.
NCSA discusses the differences between divisions in college soccer.
5. Realize that it’s not a four-year decision. It’s a 40-year decision. Picking a college is one of the most important decisions of your life. Do your research so that you’re able to make an educated decision, not only as a women’s soccer recruit, but also as a student athlete. Input from a third party NCSA can match you up with a school that’s an ideal fit for you during the years that you are there.
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