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Official Recruiting Partner:

“Providing every possible opportunity for our athletes to continue playing the game is a priority of US Youth Soccer, and NCSA provides college coaches with the necessary tools to evaluate our players who dream of playing at the next level. The college recruiting process can be intimidating for families, but this partnership with NCSA helps to educate college coaches about the great young athletes competing in US Youth Soccer programs.”

– Christopher Moore, CEO of US Youth Soccer

“GotSoccer and NCSA provide recruiting software for clubs, coaches and families, but NCSA provides a more personal touch to its clients that we couldn’t offer. That personal touch is what really sets NCSA apart. Athletes and families can trust they’re working on your behalf to get you into the right university.”

-William Cameron, GotSoccer Director

For D1 programs looking for top talent, the men’s soccer recruiting process can begin as early as the 8th and 9th grades, continuing on for the duration of the player’s high school years, whether it’s at school matches, camps, or club-level showcases around the country. In order to ensure a successful process for the student-athlete regardless of what level they aim to play on, it’s important to set realistic expectations in terms of their actual commitment to playing in college, and their own skill levels and possible development. Here are some helpful questions for players to ask themselves:

Am I good enough to play soccer on a collegiate level? In order to answer this, a player must be as honest with themselves as possible, and also assess the prospects of their own improvement and development in the coming years. The player can also seek professional outside evaluations from third parties, but the best place to start is usually their own high school or club coach.

Can I handle the demands of being a college soccer player? All levels of men’s soccer schools require a substantial time commitment, while handling the tension between athletics and academics. Being a college soccer player is like a full-time job. There’s practices, training, games, traveling — and that’s on top of carrying a full class load. Prospective college players must be fully ready for this commitment before engaging with the men’s soccer recruiting process.

Which division level should I play at? There are currently over 1,410 schools on the D1, D2, D3, NAIA and junior college levels with men’s soccer programs, giving high school players a wide range of choices to aim for. Talking with a current coach can help you gauge your level of play, along with a college soccer recruiting network such as NCSA. Academic requirements and the ideal balance of class and athletic commitments will be a factor too.

Do I need to play soccer on a club level to be recruited? Any player who is serious about the recruiting process and playing in front of scouts will need to be involved on the club level. The vast majority of men’s soccer recruiting is done at showcases and national tournaments, which are always through the club level. The majority of college soccer coaches prefer their recruits to have a minimum of two years of elite club experience, preferably four.

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Click here to get the basics from our Men’s Soccer Recruiting Guide or click here for our Women’s Soccer Recruiting Guide.