Sophomore YearMaintain high grades!Develop your list of possible colleges or universities that meet your interests and research their academic and athletic programsPlay at the highest level possibleKeep a detailed record of athletic achievementsForm your soccer resume and begin to reach out to individual schoolsReview the NCAA and NAIA Clearinghouse eligibility requirements. The summer before your Junior year, you can register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.Select Junior year courses to fulfill these requirementsRecord game film and create your sophomore year highlight tapeConsider attending ID camps and clinics which have lots of college coaches attending.
Junior YearMaintain a high GPA!Keep online resume up to date, and this should include:Camps and Tournaments that you will attendUpcoming ScheduleContact informationHighlight TapeClub/High School team and contact informationNarrow down your list of schools to 15-25 that all would be a good fit for you. It is essential to consider whether you would still want to attend the school if you did not play soccer there.Keep detailed notes on which schools that you are interested in are corresponding with you, and begin to rank them in order of importance.Attend college showcase events which the coaches of schools you are interested in will be attendingAttend any recruiting seminars at these tournaments, and ask college coaches any questions that you haveConsider attending ID Camps and clinics on a school of interest.Make *unofficial visits (if possible) to selected schools. When attending, meet with the coaches, try to watch the team play, and record the visit through the admissions office – watching the team play will give you an idea of the level of that particular college.Take the SAT or ACT tests and update your online resume with your results.Check your status with the NCAA ClearinghouseSelect senior courses to complete Clearinghouse requirementsStay in touch with the high school counselorObtain financial form (FAFSA)Record game film and create your junior year highlight tape
Senior YearMaintain a high GPA. Finish Strong!Keep online resume up to date, and this should include:Camps and Tournaments that you will attendUpcoming ScheduleContact informationHighlight TapeClub/High School team and contact informationNarrow down your list of schools to 5-10 that all would be a good fit for you.Keep detailed notes on which schools that you are interested in are corresponding with you, and begin to rank them in order of importance.Check status with the NCAA Clearinghouse.Complete FAFSA form again with recent tax informationRespond immediately to any interest shown by college coachesSchedule and complete official visits, meeting the coaches and team, and stay overnight if possible.Stay in touch with your high school guidance counselor. Narrow down your choices and get your applications in an early as possibleKeep coaches updated on your achievements by sending them your updated online soccer resume
MAKE THE DECISION!