So you've dominated club soccer and now the soccer scholarships should be rolling in right?
Well I wish it were that easy. The reality is there are only so many scholarships to go around and many great players get unseen and end up without one.
This doesn't have to be the end of the road though, just because you don't go into your first year at University with a scholarship it doesn't mean you can't earn one.
Read all about advice on how to contact coaches, what kind of scholarships are actually available and the steps to take to get your own while playing at the University level.
If you get injured do you still get your scholarship? What if you play poorly can you lose it? All great questions that are answered here but what you need to know first is how you qualify for one and maybe more importantly how you keep it while at school.
Depending on which country, conference and team you look to join the amount of soccer scholarships any one school or team may have can vary from place to place. Doing your homework and knowing what to expect is an important step on your path to getting and perhaps even negotiating soccer scholarships from various schools.
Okay less talk and more action, find everything you could ever want to know about soccer scholarships here, read through the steps and checklist and see if you have a realistic shot at being seen and being offered a scholarship.
Oh and if you don't get one and can afford to go to school without one, go to the school and earn one with your play, it will be even more satisfying doing it the hard way.
Wellllll typically soccer players play for their local club team, coaches from various colleges and universities come see you play and offer you some amount of scholarship to join their school and come play for their team.
Some of the best ways to get scouted and have the chance of getting a scholarship to play soccer is reaching out to coaches and inviting them to watch your games or practice.
If this isn't an option then creating a highlight tape of your best moments from games along with a resume and references to send to coaches via email is your best route. Oh and in case I didn't mention it you have to play soccer at quite a high level to catch the interest of these coaches. Good luck!
For a great resource on how much each school can offer and what they have to give in terms of soccer scholarships for this year please read the NCSA Scholarships website and search for your future school.
Yes there are but they are rare. A full scholarship or a "full ride" typically covers your cost of tuition, accommodation, textbooks and even sometimes a meal plan at the campus cafeteria.
This types of full soccer scholarships typically only exist at the top of the food chain Division 1 NCAA schools and each team has 9.9 full scholarships they can give up for the entire team.
So if 10 players on the team all have full scholarships then you only have a roster of 10 players who are getting some money and the other 15 are getting zero.
Typically the way it works is there may be anywhere from 3-5 players who have a full scholarship and the remaining money is divided up to several members of the team each giving them a percentage of their tuition covered.
There are two main types of scholarships you can get when attending college or university are athletic and academic.
Typically (and this varies from school to school and conference to conference) an incoming student-athlete will combine their academic scholarship and athletic scholarship to create their overall scholarship package.
So the importance of having strong grades is really important to be eligible for more academic money and also to quality for athletic money as some scholarships and certain schools are based on a certain academic threshold that you must have coming out of high school.
On top of these two types of scholarships there are also various awards and bursaries offered at schools through the athletic department, your specific academic program or the University as a whole that are worth investigating.
There are a couple of levels to this you should be aware of.Typically the Head Coach will make the final decision but that doesn't mean they weren't convinced to make that decision by someone on their staff or their boss (aka Athletic Director).
Typically the Athletic Director sets out the amount of scholarship money that can be used for any particular team, an assistant coach on the staff will be in charge of scouting and will present the different players to the Head Coach to consider who gets offered a scholarship and who does not.
Although identifying recruits is typically the job of the assistant coach it really is all hands on deck when it comes to the most important part of any sports team, recruiting. So the head coach gets final say on who gets what scholarship they are certainly influenced by their staff on how much and to whom to off them.
At many schools absolutely! There are several cases where players get recruited by a team and either aren't offered a scholarship (just a spot on the team) or don't qualify for one for whatever reason then become eligible for one in their second year and above.
Many times a coach will have a conversation with a player about what they need to do to earn a scholarship on the team after their first year. These things may include academic requirements, becoming a starter on the field etc.
Other times a coach may really want you but doesn't have scholarship money left for that year and you may have to wait until some of it frees up for you in year two.
This is an important question and it's important to know that there are different types of soccer scholarships with different stipulations in them.
Some scholarships are guaranteed for four years and as long as you continue to meet the academic and team requirements you will get that scholarship every year.
Other schools offer scholarships on a year to year basis where they can adjust or change the amount (for better or worse) based on your performance and overall impact on the team.
If you sign with a school that offer you a scholarship and it is guaranteed over four years then having it removed due to injury is not likely, where if it is a renewable year to year contract a bad injury could lead to you losing your entire scholarship.
I want to stress that most schools try not to do anything to student athletes to hinder them from graduating (like taking away their scholarships) although in some cases it does happen for different reasons.
The single worst thing you can do to close doors before they even have a chance of opening is have terrible grades.
Not only does it hinder you chances of being eligible for soccer scholarships it puts a bad taste in coaches mouths with regards to your discipline, focus and ability to handle soccer and school at the same time.