All the Soccer Training Aids and Advice out there can be difficult to answer, especially answering the question when to try and go pro. You've finished high school/college now and you feel it's make or break decision time!
Almost Done High School Can I still Go Pro?
If you've ever dreamed of playing pro and your almost done high school and you may have a chance to play professionally it can be a stressful time. You're probably thinking to yourself, If i go pro now and don't make it then what am I left with? Should I just go to College and take it from there? Or should I try to go to Europe and take my chances.
Slow down, I know it's a stressful time but there are some things you need to think about. First this is no time to give up on your dream, this is the time to make decisions that will set you up for success and the best possible chance to follow that dream.
You need to assess some things and be real with yourself, ask these questions to yourself first:
1) Have I had a lot of interest from college/pro scouts up to this point?
2) Am I good enough to play pro right at this moment?
3) Do I have the right contacts to go pro today? (this is a big one, think long and hard)
4) Am I willing to sacrifice my social life and education to chase this?
5) Will I always wonder and will it eat me inside if I don't go for it now?
Take your time and think these through, if you can truly answer all four of these questions with a definite YES! Then and only then are you truly ready to attempt playing at the next level.
First, there is no one path or right way to play soccer at the professional level. There are several ways to get to the professional ranks and a lot of them vary by which country you are in. If you want to play in the MLS (USA) the best way is to play soccer in university in the USA, get scouted and selected by an MLS team in the player draft or invited to a tryout. As simple as this may sound it is very difficult because of all the players and talent in the USA from all over the world.
In Europe it is slightly different because players are filtered in through youth ranks at a very young age from all over the world so it becomes that much more competitive and nerve racking. How do I know all this? I've played in college in the USA and went on to play professionally in Europe in Serbia in the 1st Division.
Believe me it is a very difficult road with many ups and downs and you need more than your fair share of luck to make it. One thing that you need to accomplish anything is hard work and perseverance, without these you will get swallowed up in the rough patches of the game. All this knowledge with other soccer training aids can really help you get through the tough times. Maybe the most important thing is the belief you have in yourself, no matter what other people say, you will have 5 people say you can't make it for every 1 person that says you can, persevere and go after your dream.
I'm Almost Done College Can I Still Go Pro?
Can you do it? Absolutely. I did! I went from college in the USA to the 1st Division in Europe within 6 months of graduating. There are 5 very important things you need to have if you want go pro after college:
1) The right contacts (i.e. Agent, Coaches)
4) Credentials (CV, Highlight Tape etc)
Setting yourself for success by contacting an agent as soon as possible can set you up to play pro after you graduate. The rest of the list of must have’s really speak for themselves, being pro active and having the proper soccer training aids can go a long way.
I’m Not the Best Player on My High School/College Team, What Are My Chances?
To be honest, not great. If you aren’t excelling on your high school team or college team as a stand out player then you will find the speed of the game at the pro level overwhelming.
The professional ranks are a collection of the best club, high school, and college players. Not only the best but the best of the best, and if you’re not dominating now at your current level then that should give you an indication of the struggles you’ll have after that at the professional level. Even with the top of the line professional soccer training aids you won't be able to close the gap if you haven't by now.
If you have any questions feel free to ask me at the Contact a Pro page. Good Luck!