- Start attending college games and watch them on TV. Start to get a feel for what the differing levels of play are and what you want out of a college.
- Think about college Location, Size, etc.
- You grades become really important. A bad start here can put you behind for the next three years.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and inform your HS Counselor of desire to play collegiate soccer. Make sure you are on track to fulfill the requirements (different for various levels).
- Set up an e-mail account if you do not have one to be able to communicate with college coaches, as communication is best received from student-athlete, not parent.
- Start preparing player resume.
- Start preparations for taking your SAT/ACT college tests.
- Put together a list of your top thirty schools. Include many different levels.
- Keep the grades up.
- Communicate with college coaches regularly and invite them to your games/events at 2 weeks prior to event.
- Prepare a video to send to coaches along with resume (highlight reel and a full match).
- Start visiting campuses to get a feel for what you want in a school. Visit different kinds of schools to see what feels right.
- Keep working hard in school.
- Update your list of schools that you are interested in. Keep communicating with those schools/coaches.
- Keep your club and high school soccer coaches updated as to which schools and you are interested in. Your coaches will be helpful in contacting the head coaches.
- Keep updating your resume and videos.
- Take your SAT and /or ACT tests.
- Fill out FAFSA4caster.
- Division I Coaches can call and email you on Sept. 1 of your Junior year.
- Division II Coaches can email you, call you and visit you off campus on June 15.
- PRECEDING your Junior year. You can also take an official visit and an unlimited number of official visits to Division II schools.
- Make sure you are on track to be cleared for eligibility.
- Take the ACT/SAT test until you get the score that you need. You can take it as often as you want to.
- Continue to keep in contact with the coaches.
- If you aren’t getting attention from your list of schools, you may need to re-evaluate your school choices and make sure your expectations are realistic.
- Division I coaches can visit you off campus July 1 after your Junior Year. You may take up to 5 official visits to Division I Institutions once senior year starts.
- Parents need to fill out FAFSA.
ADDITIONAL TIMELINE INFORMATION
- A student becomes a prospect at the start of their freshman year in high school.
- A college can send any student information about the college and camps, but no soccer recruiting info until your Junior or Senior year (depending upon Division).
- Student-athletes may initiate emails and phone calls at any time.
- Students can take unofficial visits (no monetary compensation given to student-athlete by college) to a campus and speak with coaches on their campus at any time. Official visit timeline is different at different levels and discussed above.
- Before communicating, research schools and soccer programs (cost, scholarships, roster, positions needed). Make sure that your emails are personal and highlight some of your research.