Finding a women’s soccer scholarship can be a difficult process. That’s why learning from a trusted resources like NCSA exactly how the women’s soccer recruiting process and women’s soccer scouts work is essential.
When does the women’s soccer recruiting process start?
1. The soccer recruiting process starts in middle school. Soccer recruiting starts early because the competition for soccer scholarships is extremely high. There are just over 1,400 collegiate women’s soccer programs. That may sound like a lot, but when you consider that there are nearly 1,800 colleges that offer women’s soccer, it’s easy to see why schools are selective and why women’s soccer scouts have to start early.
How do I get discovered by a women’s soccer scout?
2. Introductory emails to women’s soccer scouts as well as third-party evaluations from a trusted neutral source like NCSA. Introduce yourself to prospective coaches and women’s soccer programs with a simple email. Learn small facts about the college and coach so that your email sounds informed. Reach out to both the head coach and assistant coaches and tell them why you fit their team. If there’s no response in two weeks, follow up with another email or phone call. If the second attempt doesn’t get a response, then cross the school off of your list.
Once they know that you’re interested, college women’s soccer coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA.
NCSA explains the best way to reach out to a college.
How do college women’s soccer coaches evaluate prospects?
3. The Internet is your best women’s soccer recruiting tool. Scouting for women’s soccer isn’t easy. The best way a college women’s soccer scout can evaluate you, without spending limited budget money on travel, is the Internet. Access to video highlights and statistics from a third-party evaluator like NCSA helps soccer coaches quickly find players that fit their system. Showing your skills on the Internet makes the recruiting process easier for both you and the women’s soccer scouts you want to impress.
Where am I qualified to play?
4. Just over 2% of the nearly 360,000 student athletes that participate in high school girl’s soccer will play at the Division I level. The majority of college women’s soccer programs aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. More than 75% of college women’s soccer players compete at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level. NCSA is an experienced talent evaluator, and can tell you what level you’re best suited for and where you’re likely to find the most success.
NCSA discusses the differences between divisions in college soccer.
What is my soccer coach’s role?
5. Your coach can help with your on-the-field development, but getting a scholarship to play women’s 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. 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.
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