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You are a skilled young soccer player (or what we call football in the UK) and you dream of playing as a student athlete at a top American university. Sorry to break it to you but, unless you become a viral sensation online, college soccer scouts aren’t going to find you. They don’t even know you exist! This is particularly true of international players because college coaches rarely travel abroad to watch matches and scout for players.   This does not mean you need to give up your dream of getting a soccer scholarship in the USA. It just means that you must take the initiate to get recruiters to notice you.

Stop being passive. Here is what you need to do to make sure college soccer recruiters notice you!

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1. Start Early

The college sports recruiting process begins early with many players making verbal commitments by their sophomore year. By November of the Junior year, many students have already signed National Letters of Intent committing themselves to playing at a school. By Senior year, most of the spots have already been filled and your chances of winning a spot on the college team are slim. Don’t wait until it is too late. We suggest you familiarize yourself with the NCAA Recruitment Calendar and also visit the National Letter of Intent website to learn about signing and signing dates.

Read our article on how to apply for a sports scholarship in the USA to learn more about the process.

 

2. Know Where You Stand

You dream of playing soccer at a top Division 1 school, but this might not be a reality for you, or even the best option for your future. The best way to figure out where you stand as a player is to schedule a soccer assessment. You will be given an unbiased assessment of your strengths, weaknesses, and ability to get a scholarship (and what level of scholarship you should aim for – D1, D2, NAIA). This is not something you can get from your high school coach.

 

3. Get Your PR Pack Ready

Playing college soccer is serious, and you should take the recruitment process very seriously. Start by getting your PR pack ready. You will need:

  • A highlight video
  • Your CV
  • Academic records
  • Copy of your athletic assessment

There are professional scholarship recruiting agencies who can help you with this, such as by taking HD videos of your matches and editing them into stunning highlight videos. United Sports USA performs these services for promising athletes which meet their requirements.  Find out if you are eligible by applying here.

If your grades aren’t in order, work on them now! College soccer coaches in the USA want to know that you will be able to handle the demands of being a student athlete (emphasis on the word student!).  You will also need good grades to get accepted to the university offering you a scholarship.

 

4. Make a List of Colleges and their Coaches

Your assessment will tell you what level of football scholarship you should aim for (D1, D2, NAIA). Once you know this, start making a list of colleges in this level which you would like to attend. Write down the names and contact info for the Head Coach and Assistant Coach.

 

5. Contact Coaches

Send out introductory letters to the coaches on your list. Be friendly and courteous while still showing that you are serious. It helps to mention some specific information about the college and athletic program, such as what major you are interested in and why you think you’d be a good fit for that specific team.

Be sure to include this information in letters to college coaches:

  • Personalization – always include the coach’s name and not something generic like “to whom it may concern”
  • Your basic info like age, grade, and where you live
  • Your team name, position, stats, coach, and coach of any clubs or camps you participate in
  • Your CV
  • Your PR package (school records, assessment, and link to highlight video)
  • Your contact info and your coach’s contact info (NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from contacting students until certain times, but they can contact you through your coach or other intermediary)

 

6. Find Out Where the Coach Will Be

Instead of waiting for soccer coaches to contact you, you can take the initiative of finding out where they will be, such as what soccer camps they will attend. Then make sure to be at the camp. You can even invite the coach to come watch you play (though this is very unlikely if you are an international player). Please note that Division 1 college coaches have higher recruiting budgets, so they are more likely to attend camps and matches. Division 2 and NAIA schools don’t have as high of a recruiting budget, so they aren’t as likely to travel for recruiting.

 

7. Enlist Professional Help

Even if you follow these steps, you will soon realize that the college soccer recruitment process is fairly complex. Aside from athletic abilities, there are numerous factors to consider like the competitiveness of schools, how to highlight your skills in the best way, academic requirements, travel expenses, negotiating scholarship terms, and more. To make sure you get a scholarship, and that the terms are in your best interest, you may want to enlist the help of a professional soccer scholarship recruiter. These recruiters have a direct line to college coaches and are familiar with the scholarship application process.

To learn more about soccer scholarship services, contact United Sports USA today.

 

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There are over 1,000 NCAA institutions and they give out about $1 billion in sports scholarships each year. With so many sports scholarships available, you might think your chances of getting one are pretty good. But consider that only 2% of American high school athletes and even fewer international athletes get an NCAA scholarship. You can increase your chances of getting an athletic scholarship by making sure you know how to apply. Here is what you need to know to make sure you get the sports scholarship you deserve.

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Don’t Sit Around Waiting to Get Recruited!

The biggest mistake that student athletes make is sitting around hoping that they will get noticed. College coaches don’t have the time or budget to visit every single town and country in search of talent.   Yes, talent is important – but that talent must be brought to the attention of coaches!

It is up to you to make sure that coaches know who you are and what an asset you can be to the team. Expect to put a lot of work into representing yourself properly and contacting coaches directly.

 

Know the Requirements

No matter how good you are at your sport, you won’t be able to get a scholarship if you don’t meet the NCAA requirements.  This includes requirements for age as well as academics.

Did you know that you are even required to take certain courses in high school, such as 4 years of English, 3 years of math, and 2 years of social science? Ideally, you enter high school with these courses in mind so you can shape your curriculum to meet the NCAA requirements. If you are already into your high school career, then be sure to fill in any gaps that you may be missing.

Here are some resources to make sure you know and meet NCAA requirements:

Also note that you must be accepted to the college.  For example, a college coach may promise you a scholarship, but this is contingent on you getting into the college.  Some schools have very high academic standards, so make sure you research the schools’ admission rates and the average GPA and SAT scores of accepted students.

 

Get Your PR Pack in Order

Again, we must emphasize that it isn’t enough to be talented. If you want a sports scholarship in the USA, you’ve got to bring this talent to the attention of college coaches. How do you do this? By creating a PR pack to represent yourself as a student athlete.   Here is what you will need for your PR pack:

  • CV: This will include information like your team, position, achievements, experience, and personal stats. Your coach or recruitment specialist can help you make your CV.
  • Sports highlight video: This is a professionally-made HD video which showcases your skills
  • Academic records and test results: Yes, academics do matter for getting sports scholarships. It isn’t enough to meet the minimum NCAA requirements. You’ve also got to make sure your grades are good enough to get into the college.
  • Letters of recommendation: Such as from your coach or coaches at camps you’ve attended
  • Personal Statement: You will need to write a personal statement for applying to the college

 

Learn Recruitment and Signing Dates

Did you know that the NCAA has very strict rules about when college coaches are allowed to contact and sign up student athletes? The rules change frequently, so make sure you know them. Otherwise, you might miss a window of opportunity for getting a scholarship.

There are two calendars you need to know: Recruitment calendars and National Letter of Intent signing dates.

NCAA Recruitment Calendar:

Look at the NCAA Recruitment Calendar to learn about the rules.  In general, the NCAA prohibits college coaches from contacting high school students before September 1st of the athlete’s Junior year.  This doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to coaches before then though!

National Letter of Intent (NLI) Signing Dates:

College coaches can give verbal promises to student athletes, but these don’t mean anything. What really matters is signing the National Letter of Intent (NLI). This is a formal agreement between the prospective student and the institution which states:

  • A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year
  • The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year

Once you sign a National Letter of Intent with a college, you have committed yourself to that school. You cannot withdraw from the NLI and sign with another school. There is an early signing date (usually in November of the Junior year), and a regular signing period in April of the Senior year. Go to the National Letter of Intent website to learn more.

 

Start Early

Just because college coaches are not officially allowed to sign up student athletes before a certain date (typically November of the Junior year), that doesn’t mean you should wait until then to get coaches’ attention. Many top Division 1 coaches have already filled many slots during the NLI early signing period. If you wait until the regular signing period, there might not be many slots left.

 

Here is a timeline what you should be doing to secure yourself a college sports scholarship:

 

  • Freshman Year: Familiarize yourself with NCAA eligibility rules, especially if you are an international student and may need to meet certain academic course requirements.
  • Sophomore Year: This is when you should get really serious about finding an athletic scholarship. Get your PR pack in order and send it to coaches at schools you are interested in along with a letter of introduction.  You can work on improving your visibility in other ways too, like attending soccer camps in the USA which are attended by coaches of top schools.
  • Junior Year: This is the most important year for getting a sports scholarship in the USA. Update your PR pack and send it to coaches with a letter about your achievements since you last wrote them. Visit colleges and meet the coaches. Don’t be passive and by the end of your Junior year, you should start getting contacted by coaches.

 

 

 

Make Contact

College coaches can’t contact you during the NCAA “Dead” and “Silent” periods, but you can contact them. Just make sure to include your coach’s contact info (or the contact info of the scholarship recruiting agency you are using). This is a loophole to the rules: the coach can’t respond to you directly, but can communicate with you through your coach or the scholarship recruiter.

 

Want to find out if you are eligible for a sports scholarship in the USA?
Fill out the scholarship application form here.

 

If you want to get a football scholarship (aka soccer in the US), then one of the first things you will need to do is schedule a football assessment. Even if you’ve played in important Youth Cup Finals in front of a stadium full of fans, it can still be scary to get a formal football assessment. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for the football assessment to make sure you get the most out of it.

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1. Understand the Difference between a Football Assessment and Trial

A football assessment and trial (or tryout) are not the same thing. During a trial, you are playing football in front of a coach in order to win a spot on the team. During a football assessment, you are playing in front of a professional who will then inform you of your strengths, weaknesses, and your chances of getting a football scholarship or making a team. You usually don’t get this information during a football trial – you just get a yes/no answer.

Even though a football assessment is not going to directly affect whether you get on your dream team or win a scholarship, it is still very important and could affect your future. The information you get from the football assessment can tell you things like:

  • Whether you have a chance of getting a football scholarship
  • What level of football scholarships you should be aiming for (D1, D2, NAIA)
  • What you need to work on (including your grades!)
  • Whether scholarship recruiters will work with you

 

2. Know Your Goal

Before you go to the football assessment, take some time to really think about what your goals are.   Do you dream of playing professional football/soccer? Do you want to play Division 1 football at a top American university? Or maybe you’d rather play at the NAIA level so you can focus on your studies while still enjoying the sport you love? Maybe you aren’t interested in playing college football at all, but just want to know where you stand so you can become a better player for your local team. These are all valid reasons for attending a football assessment.

When you know what you want, then you will be able to ask the assessor for specific information and get the answers you need.

 

3. Note the Rules

Each football assessment may have slightly different rules. You don’t want to show up on assessment day only to realize that parents aren’t allowed, or that you are out of the age limit, or that you were supposed to bring your CV.

 

4. Call the Assessor Beforehand

It is good practice to call the person/agency running the football assessment ahead of time. The first reason for doing this is that you can ask directly whether there is anything you can do to prepare for the assessment, and also get vital information like how many people will be attending. Another important reason for calling the football assessor is to introduce yourself. At some football assessments, there will be dozens of players performing and you could easily get lost in the crowd. Make a good impression by introducing yourself to the assessor beforehand to make sure you get noticed.

 

5. Be Physically Prepared

Get at least 10 hours of sleep before the football assessment day, and make sure you eat a healthy meal of carbs (for energy) and lean protein about 3 hours before the assessment. You should also make sure you are fully hydrated and bring an isotonic drink with you.

 

6. Arrive Early

Remember that football assessors aren’t just looking at your physical abilities. They are also looking at your dedication and reliability. Nothing looks worse than if you show up late to the football assessment (you might not even be able to play if you don’t show up exactly on time!). Plus, you need to make sure you get to the assessment early enough to warm up.

 

7. Play Intensely but Relaxed

Always give everything you have during the assessment – but don’t take it so seriously that you are all wound up. You should enjoy playing and the experience. Yes, the assessor may be watching you and taking notes, but you should just do what comes naturally instead of trying to put on a show.

 

Are you interested in attending a football assessment in the UK? United Sports USA holds football assessments in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Scotland.
Sign up for a football assessment here.

 

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We know that most golfers dream of playing at the Division 1 level. But, if you are looking for a golf scholarship in the United States, the reality is that you may be better off looking at the Division 2 level.   The rules for Division 2 golf scholarships are not as strict as at the D1 level – both academically and athletically.   Some young golfers may not have a chance of getting a scholarship at a big-name Division 1 school, but find many doors (and scholarships) open to them at the Division 2 level.

NCAA Division 2 golf universities tend to have a more balanced focus on academics and athletics. If you love golf and competing, but don’t necessarily want to go pro, then Division 2 might be the better choice for you. Even for those who want to go pro, the more balanced environment of Division 2 golf schools can often help players reach their full potential faster than at an ultra-competitive Division 1 school.

Remember, even if you are playing golf at a Division 1 school, there is no guarantee that you will make the 5-person travelling team. If you aren’t competing in the travelling squad, then you aren’t going to have the opportunity to compete and improve. It would be better to have opportunities to compete at the Division 2 level than be at the Division 1 level and not compete at all.

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Top Division 2 Golf Universities with Scholarships

There are currently 248 schools which offer Division 2 golf (231 men’s teams and 181 women’s teams). There are 3.6 scholarships offered per men’s team (for an average scholarship of $5,770) and 5.4 scholarships offered per women’s team (for an average scholarship of $7,024).

These schools may not have the elitism associated with Division 1, but they still produce great players, have impressive facilities, great coaches, and room for athletic and academic growth.

Here are some of the best Division 2 Golf Universities in the United States which offer scholarships.

 

Florida Southern

The Florida Southern Moccasins, or “Mocs”, have an impressive D2 golf team. Since their first National Championship win in 1981, they have won a total of 12 championships – more than any other D2 school in history. The women’s team can boast 4 wins, including a streak from 2000-2002. Located in sunny Lakeland, Florida, the university has an enrolment of about 2,000 students.

 

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University is also located in Florida, in Fort Lauderdale. NSU is currently the Men’s National Championship winner and also can boast a 2012 win. The women’s team had an impressive winning streak from 2009 to 2012. NSU also can boast great facilities. Students will play at the Grande Oaks Golf Course, which is par 71 and 6,680 yards. With over 1000 international students on campus, this is a good choice of school for athletes from abroad who want to study in the US.

 

Barry University

Golf is one of Florida’s favourite sports, so it is no surprise that the top-3 D2 schools are all located in The Sunshine State. Barry University is located in Miami Shores and is one of the largest Catholic schools in the region. As an academic institution, it can boast that it was named one of America’s Top Colleges three times in a row. As for golf, the men’s team has taken home 3 National Championships (2007, 2013, and 2014) and the women’s team was runner up 2 times.

 

University of South Carolina Aiken

University of South Carolina Aiken is one of the most successful D2 golf schools in the United States. The men’s team won National Championships from 2004-2006. The USC Aiken “Pacers” practice at the Palmetto Golf Club, which is par 70 and 6,711 yards. Note that there is no women’s golf team at USC Aiken.

 

Lynn University

Lynn University is a non-profit university located in Boca Raton, Florida, which is near Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. They have an enrolment of about 2,500 students from 90 countries, which makes for a very diverse student life. As for their golf facilities, Lynn leads women’s golf with National Championship wins in 2013 and 2014. Their men’s team hasn’t won any National Championships but were runner ups in 2011, 2013, and 2015. The head women’s coach is Danny Randolph, and the head men’s coach is Andrew Danna.

 

Rollins College

Rollins College, located in Winter Park, Florida, has an impressive history when it comes to golf. They entered their first inter-college tournament in 1931 and have consistently ranked in state and national championships. The women’s team can boast National Championships wins from 2003 to 2007, and were runner up 6 times. The men took home Championships in 1970 and 2002. As for academics, Rollins is a strong liberal arts college with a average class size of just 17 and more than 60 programs of study.

 

Columbus State University

Columbus State University, located in Ohio, offers both men and women’s Division 2 golf. Their men’s team is particularly strong with 6 NCAA National Championship wins. The downside of CSU compared to the other D2 golf schools on this list, is that Ohio does have colder winters which means you can’t play golf year round. However, CSU has a larger campus and is located in a major metropolis, which means for a richer academic and cultural environment.

 

California State University Monterey Bay

Cal State Monterey Bay is located in the Central Coast area of California, which means sunny, warm weather ideal for playing golf year round, and also great for beach lovers. Note that there are 23 schools in the CSU network and the Monterey Bay has the lowest fees and admissions of them all. As for golf, they don’t have as impressive winning record as the other schools on this list but offer a richer academic life. The CSU Monterey Bay “Otters” play on the Bayonet and Black Horse golf courses.

 

Are you a talented young golfer? Click here to learn more about golf scholarships in the United States.  Or fill out the golf scholarships application form to see if you qualify.

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In 2014, there were 319 American universities with NCAA Division 1 golf. This breaks down into 300 D1 men’s teams for a total of about 3,000 male golfers, and 263 D1 women’s teams with a total of about 2,250 female golfers.

Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of narrowing down all of these golf universities? We’ve done the leg work for you. These 10 universities all have spectacular Division 1 golf programs, consistently rank well, have turned out notable pro golfers, and also offer golf scholarships to gifted student athletes.

 

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State can boast more NCAA titles than any other university in the last 25 years, and have the impressive Karsten Creek course for their student golfers to play and practice on.   The University has produced the famed golfers Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, Bo Van Pelt, and Scott Verplank. Another reason to choose Oklahoma State is that they offer a higher percentage of their undergraduates financial assistance. If you are a good student, you could get an academic scholarship on top of your golf scholarship, adding up to a full ride.

  • Roster size men: 11
  • Roster size women: 5
  • Average scholarships men: $11,203
  • Average scholarship women: $12,283
  • Out of state tuition: $22,252

Stanford University

Dream of studying and playing golf in sunny California? Stanford University is a great choice. The University has had a golf team since the 1930s and has won 8 national championships and its players have won 24 professional major championships. Notable alumni include Tom Watson, Notah Begay and Tiger Woods, as well as 3 USGA Presidents.

  • Roster size men: 10
  • Roster size women: 8
  • Average scholarships men: $24,078
  • Average scholarship women: $25,040
  • Out of state tuition: $43,683

 

Duke University

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, famous for its warm, sunny weather and relaxed lifestyle. The golf program at Duke is anything but relaxed: they have produced talented golfers like Laetitia Beck, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Brittany Lang, Art Wall, Jr., Mike Souchak, Skip Alexander, Joe Ogilvie, and Kevin Streelman. The Duke University Golf Club is consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in the southeast USA, and was recently renovated. Be warned that Duke is a competitive school: only 13% of applicants are accepted, and the bottom 25% of students have SAT math scores of 690. 75% of students have math SAT scores of 790.

  • Roster size men: 9
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $24,702
  • Average scholarship women: $23,135
  • Out of state tuition: $45,376

 

Florida State University

It isn’t surprising that sunny Florida, which is famous for its golf courses, produces a lot of pro golfers. Many of them get their start at Florida State University.   The Seminoles men’s team has won 28 NCAA tournaments and 22 national championships, and the Seminoles women’s team has made 8 AIWA tournament appearances, 22 NCAA tournament appearances, and 8 national championship appearances.   FSU is also one of the few universities in America which offers a major in Professional Golf Management.

  • Roster size men: 9
  • Roster size women: 8
  • Average scholarships men: $19,152
  • Average scholarship women: $16,866
  • Out of state tuition: $21,673

 

UCLA

UCLA is considered one of the best universities in the United States. The University also can boast a great golf program with alumni including Corey Pavin, Patrick Cantlay, Duffy Waldorf, and Kevin Chappell. Just be warned that UCLA does have a relatively high tuition fee for international students, and the cost of housing and living will also be higher. The admission standards are also higher (only about 22% of applicants are admitted) so you should have SAT scores of at least 600 for Math.

  • Roster size men: 14
  • Roster size women: 7
  • Average scholarships men: $17,126
  • Average scholarship women: $10,733
  • Out of state tuition: $35,575

 

University of Texas at Austin

Don’t mess with Texas’s…golfers! That’s right, the Texas Longhorns are golfers to be reckoned with. They won their first national title in 1971 and have since produced many talented golfers, including Jordan Spieth, Ben Crenshaw, Justin Leonard, Tom Kite, and Mark Brooks. The warm, sunny weather of Texas means that you can golf year round.   Note that the University of Texas has campuses at Austin and at Arlington. Both campuses have men’s golf, but only Austin has women’s golf.

  • Roster size men: 11
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $17,736
  • Average scholarship women: $14,669
  • Out of state tuition: $33,842

 

Arizona State University

Arizona State University has won 10 Men’s conference titles and 8 women’s. Thanks to donations from alumni Phil Mickelson, they can also boast some of the best golf facilities of any university in the United States and offer generous golf scholarships. It is common for student golf athletes to get full ride scholarships here. Other notable alumni include Anna Nordqvist, Billy Mayfair, and Grace Park.

  • Roster size men: 10
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $24,048
  • Average scholarship women: $23,980
  • Out of state tuition : $23,654

University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks are currently ranked 5th in the United States and have won or shared 12 tournament titles, made 6 NCAA regional and 3 NCAA championship appearances. Their Cobblestone Park with a par 71 and 6,788 yards is one of the best in the region.

  • Roster size men: 10
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $13,536
  • Average scholarship women: $11,064
  • Out of state tuition: $28,528

 

University of Georgia

Georgian University has an impressive alumni list including Green-Jacket winner Bubba Watson, Liz Murphy, Chip Beck, Brian Harman, Chris Kirk, and Ryuji Imada, and they have won more than 25 SEC Championships. If you are an international student golfer, you will also enjoy the sunny weather of Georgia – which sure beats playing in the dreary, rainy UK!

  • Roster size men: 12
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $17,876
  • Average scholarship women: $16,081
  • Out of state tuition: $28,472

 

University of Houston

The University of Texas in Austin isn’t your thing? Maybe you’d prefer to play golf in Houston instead?   One of the perks of playing golf at Houston, aside from the great facilities, is that the university has a lower tuition rate than most other big-name American universities, and offers high scholarship amounts. Their admission standards are fairly high, so get your grades in order! Houston was at its peak in the 1960s, but still continues to produce great golfers and can boast 16 national titles. Notable alumni include Fred Couples and Steve Elkington.

  • Roster size men: 15
  • Roster size women: 14
  • Average scholarships men: $11,993
  • Average scholarship women: $14,887
  • Out of state tuition: $16,897

 

Want a golf scholarship to one of these universities?  Schedule a golf assessment to find out if you are good enough and to learn about the golf recruitment process.

soccer scholarships abroad

Many young, talented soccer players dream of landing a soccer scholarship at an American college or university. With 205 Division 1 Men’s Soccer programs in the USA (as of 2014) which recruit a total of about 1,200 new players each year, it seems like the chances of getting a soccer scholarship are pretty good. But what a lot of young soccer players don’t realize is that the soccer recruitment process is tough and competitive.

If you want a soccer scholarship in America, it is up to you to take the initiative.   Even if you are soccer superstar, you can’t just sit back and expect college coaches to find you and offer you a big fat scholarship. Here are some of the ways you can go about getting a soccer scholarship in America as an international student.

 

1. Rely On Your Soccer Coach to Get You a Scholarship

Your coach cares about you, knows how talented you are, and wants the best opportunities for you. We don’t doubt this. But relying on your coach to land you a soccer scholarship (especially one in the USA) is a TERRIBLE idea.   Most soccer coaches simply don’t have the time or resources to help their players get scholarships.

Does your coach have the numbers of top US soccer coaches on speed dial? Probably not.

Does your coach understand the complex recruitment process for student athletes in the US? Probably not.

Does your coach have professional videographers to capture your game highlights? Probably not.

Does your coach know how to negotiate with colleges and universities so you get the best scholarship deals? Probably not.

Again, we want to emphasize that it is up to you to get a soccer scholarship in the USA. You have to take the initiative. Your coach is a good starting point for asking for resources and advice, but don’t expect your coach to land a US scholarship for you.

 

2. Get a Soccer Assessment and Determine Eligibility

Probably the most important thing when it comes to getting a soccer scholarship to study in the US is knowing which scholarships you should even be aiming for. Start by checking the NCAA requirements for eligibility, which include athletic abilities as well as academic requirements and SAT requirements.

We know that you probably dream of playing Division 1 soccer at a top American university, but this might not be realistic or the best choice for you. Even if you are qualified for a NCAA D1 scholarship, keep in mind that less than 1% of D1 student athletes get a full ride. If money is an issue, then you might be better off aiming for  soccer scholarships which are outside of D1 so you can get a full ride. Further, your chances of getting any soccer scholarship are better outside of Division 1: 94% of soccer programs are not D1 and 85% of scholarships are outside of D1.

If you are serious about wanting to play soccer in America, then we highly recommend getting a professional soccer assessment (no, your high school soccer coach’s opinion doesn’t count!). At the assessment, you will get unbiased information about your abilities, eligibility, and what steps you should take to secure a scholarship in the USA.

 

3. Get Good Grades

A lot of aspiring student athletes make the mistake of thinking that grades don’t matter when it comes to soccer scholarships abroad. But the truth is that grades matter just as much as your athletic abilities. For starters, your ability to get good grades while playing high school soccer is a sign that you will be able to handle the academic demands of student athlete life. As a student athlete on a soccer scholarship, you will be expected to maintain a full course load, find time to study, and still fit in hours of gruelling training.   And, if you don’t maintain a certain GPA as a student athlete, you will lose your soccer scholarship!

Further, you probably won’t get a full ride scholarship for soccer. Less than 1% of Division 1 soccer players do. Sorry, but that’s just the truth of it – most student athletes just get partial scholarships. But, you can get an academic scholarship on top of your soccer scholarship, which can add up to a full ride, even covering the costs of books and housing.

 

4. Go to Soccer Training Camp in the USA

College soccer coaches have a pretty limited budget for recruiting. Most aren’t going to fly abroad to watch local games and scout for talent. Where they usually invest their time and resources is at soccer training camps. If you want to go with this route, then you’ll need to do your research first. There are dozens of soccer training camps in the USA, some of very elite status and others the equivalent of a summer fun camp. Expect to pay about $500-$1000 to attend the soccer training camp, plus additional costs for the flight and visa, if you need one.  And remember that simply attending a soccer training camp in the USA is not enough to get a coach’s attention.  You will need to take steps beforehand to make sure the coach knows who you are, such as sending the coach a package with your soccer highlight video footage, grades, and CV.

 

5. Contact Coaches Directly

You can contact the coaches of your chosen colleges directly by sending a video of your highlights and asking for a soccer tryout. This tactic certainly won’t hurt but, honestly, you probably won’t have much luck. Soccer coaches are busy people and they get dozens of requests for tryouts. Plus, you’d have to come to the United States for the tryout – which means a big travel expense. A better approach is to find out which training camps or assessments they will be attending. Then make a point of being there!

 

6. Use a Recruiting Agency

If you are really serious about getting a soccer scholarship in the USA, then this is the best way to go. Athletic scholarship recruiting agencies evaluate players. If they believe the player has a good chance of getting a scholarship at an American college or university, they will sign them up (for a fee). They will then get to work on creating a professional highlight video and also help you with your academic profile and CV.

Recruiting agencies are the best way to get a football scholarship in the USA because college coaches rely on these third-party evaluations to help weed out unqualified players and find the best talent. A good soccer recruiting agency will not only understand the complex recruitment and scholarship application process, but know the details of the many soccer programs in the USA and which ones are right for you. They can also help with SAT prep, visas, and other aspects of getting a soccer scholarship in America. And, when you do get a soccer scholarship offer, the recruitment agency will negotiate the terms so you get the best deal.

 

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Almost every football player, no matter at what level, has asked themselves if they were good enough at some point. It’s no surprise that the vast majority of those considering a football scholarship ask how good they have to be to get one. It’s a legitimate question, and we’re going to try to answer it.

The truth is that how good you have to be tends to vary from college to college, institution to institution. However there are some guidelines you can use to assess whether you have enough football experience under your belt and whether you’re playing at a high enough level to qualify.

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Do Some Research

As we’ve said, different organisations have different requirements for their football scholarships. Take a look through different colleges and scholarship funding organisations to see if they list their preferred requirements. Also think about where you would like to study the degree of your choice. It’s important that you search for a college that caters to both your academic goals and your sports goals.

If you find a scholarship that coincides with that college you would like to study in, note down their requirements and realistically consider whether you have what it takes to qualify.

Have Experience with a Football Club

It’s probably very obvious, but the more years of experience you have playing with a local club, the better. Scholarship organisations take club experience very seriously and the longer you’ve been playing, especially from a young age, the more likely you will be seriously considered.

Any experience of football showcases or camps will also work in good stead when applying for a football scholarship. If you plan on applying for a football scholarship in the future, be sure to keep an eye out for opportunities like camps and showcases. They will increase your chances of securing a football scholarship; they will also convey that you possess the skills necessary to qualify.

Play in Football Tournaments

Playing a few tournaments a year can help in catching the attention of college football coaches and scholarship funding organisations. If you’re already playing in football tournaments as part of a club, this is a good indicator of progressing towards being football scholarship material.

Taking part in football tournaments is a great way to up your chances; however you should still be taking any other opportunities that come your way, such as showcases and training camps.

Compile Your Strengths & Best Moments

If you feel confident that you can show coaches and organisations you best football moments and convey your strengths and abilities then this is a good sign. When it comes to football scholarships, it is all about selling your skills. You could be the best player in the world, but it won’t get you a scholarship if you can’t provide coaches with any evidence.

It’s important to organise a plethora of football experiences to show organisations, as these are what will get you in the door. When it comes down to it, if you can show people how much you have accomplished and how skilled you are, then it’s definitely worth inquiring about receiving a football scholarship.

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Embarking on a degree of your choice through a soccer scholarship in the USA opens up a host of opportunities for talented young athletes to reach their full potential. It also allows talented people to experience life in the United States while pursuing and achieving their academic and athletic goals simultaneously.

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It really is a life-changing experience for those with the determination to succeed and the soccer proficiency to achieve something outstanding. An overwhelming majority of graduates who have pursued a soccer scholarship in the past have said that they wouldn’t be the person they are today if they had let the opportunity of a USA Soccer Scholarship pass them by.

Below, we’ll list some of the reasons as to why choosing a Soccer Scholarship in the USA is an opportunity you do not want to miss.

A Degree & Sport You’re Passionate About

With a Soccer Scholarship in the USA, you’ll get to study a subject you are interested in, while being actively involved in college soccer all year-round. So not only will you have a degree by the end of your studies, you will have gained the skills and experience necessary to progress into professional soccer.

United Sports USA is dedicated to helping talented athletes achieve both their academic and sporting goals, as well as opening up all kinds of opportunities for their futures.

Hone Your Soccer Skills

College Soccer is extremely competitive in the USA, which means it produces some of the most skilled soccer players in the world. Some go on to play professionally in leagues such as the English Premier League.

There’s no better environment for an athlete than a competitive one surrounded by other skilled athletes. It pushes players to perform to the high standard required and fosters long-lasting improvement

Professional Level Soccer Facilities

It may be college level soccer, but the stadiums and training grounds are professional. Experience in pro environments goes a long way in developing your soccer career for the future.

Training in some of the most advanced soccer grounds and facilities in the country guarantees those with soccer scholarships, the best environment possible for developing the finesse needed to move to professional level soccer.

New Country, New Experiences

Besides the soccer scholarship itself, you’ll be living in one of the 50 American states where you can take in the famous culture and traditions that America has to offer. Living overseas allows you to broaden your horizon and take a peek at what the world has to offer.

Moving away from home comes with learning to live independently, and where better to learn to live independently than in a new country with a fresh start!

A Unique & Valuable Opportunity

United Sports USA offers American soccer scholarships to the very best athletes looking to thrive and flourish in both their soccer career and their higher education.

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UK students have the opportunity to attend top universities and colleges to study their preferred topics, provided they put in the effort and get the required grades. There are many wonderful educational facilities all over the country offering fantastic courses that will help the student to progress towards their chosen career path. However, students in the UK also have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as the United States, with the chance to win amazing sports scholarships.

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What is a Sports Scholarship?

Sports scholarships are relatively unheard of in the UK but, in the States, they are quite common and are available for those who are academically gifted as well as proficient at a particular sport. Universities in America may offer a sports scholarship to international students who are considered exceptional at a particular sport and who have performed well in their exams.

A sports scholarship is slightly different to a regular academic scholarship. With a normal scholarship, a student will apply to receive funding for university and the application will be assessed by the university and awarded when relevant. However, with a sports scholarship, the process is a bit more involved.

The athletic department of a university will grant the funding for a sports scholarship,so the coaches and directors of this department will be heavily involved in awarding the funding. There are a number of sports that scholarships are awarded for including soccer, golf, basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics

How Much Funding Is Available?

Sports scholarships are awarded from year to year and students can apply for four years, which is the normal length of time for an undergraduate degree. The amount of funding that is paid will vary from full funding to just a few thousand dollars. Those who can afford to make up any shortfall in the cost of a degree and the funding received will be in a better position to apply for a sports scholarship.

It is important to realise that a sports scholarship does not mean that the sole purpose of attending college or university is to play that sport. These scholarships are only available to those who are also studying towards a degree of some kind.

Who is Eligible for a Sports Scholarship?

Anyone can apply for a sports scholarship but he or she must meet the criteria set down by the specific athletic association. To continue receiving funding, the student must maintain his or her grades while in university.Studying and scholarships go hand in hand and students wishing to be successful must realise this.

How to Apply

International students hoping to win sports scholarship to the US will be competing with students from the US, so will automatically be at a slight disadvantage. However, there are many international students currently studying in America on full scholarships, so it is possible. It is important to apply as early as possible and to put in as much effort as possible, as this will improve the chances of success.

When it comes to applying for a sports scholarship in the US, there are a couple of ways to go about this. It is possible to contact the various universities to enquire about their scholarship programme and to express your interest. Alternatively, you can use a placement service or sports scholarship agency for help with the process. These agencies already have access to the right people at the universities and have in-depth knowledge of how the process works and how to submit a successful application.

Finding a Sports Scholarship Agency

United Sports USA is one of the leading sports scholarship agencies and works with students from all over the UK. If you are a natural at golf, soccer, swimming or athletics and you would like to study in the US, we can help you find the perfect sports scholarship to make your dreams come true.

If you have ever considered studying abroad then you may be interested to know that one way to do this is with a sports scholarship. USA universities offer many opportunities for sports scholarships every year and they are not just open to students from the USA. Many internationals students are studying for degrees in the States while playing the sports that they love with funding awarded by the particular university they are attending. That alone is a great reason to get an education in America, but are there any other benefits to studying in the States? Below are a few of the advantages of studying in America.

Benefits of a Sports Scholarship

  • Employability improves. There are many companies in the UK that will like the fact that you have been educated in the United States. Companies know that there is a benefit to hiring someone with experience of the American culture. Another reason is the fact that many universities in America are highly regarded when it comes to offering superb education. Those with an American education may have a distinct advantage when it comes to applying for jobs in the UK. Showing that you have studied abroad and have seen more of the world is another advantage when it comes to job hunting. In addition, it will ensure that your CV stands out from the rest.
  • Gain experience in many subjects. The way the education system works in American universities and colleges is that students will study many different subjects for the first two years before they move on to more specialist subjects. This means that students get a more rounded education and will have more skills to add to their CV. It also means that students have two years to decide which subjects they want to focus on.
  • Gain life experience. Studying abroad allows students to see more of the world. When students are not studying or playing sport, they can enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people. There is so much to see and do in America that you would never get bored.
  • Job opportunities. Students in America are often headhunted by top employers before they have even finished their degrees. Companies can be quite aggressive when they want someone and this may allow students to secure much better salaries and benefits packages. So as well as studying in America, you may even have the opportunity to work for a top company, provided you put in the effort and get the necessary grades.
  • Enjoy time off. Some students will take the opportunity to explore this large country when they have time off from studying. Therefore, during the holidays they will travel the States, meeting new people and generally having fun. Holidays in America are often on the top of British people’s wish list but if you are studying over there, you can kill two birds with one stone by getting your education and travelling during your holidays.

Sports Scholarships in America

UK students have the opportunity to apply for these sports scholarships, which are an amazing way to try to secure funding for an American education. Studying abroad is a great way to enhance your CV and to make employers take notice of you. If you want to study abroad, you can apply for a sports scholarship through United Sports USA. We are a top sports scholarship placement agency and have had success finding placements for UK students in many top universities in the USA. We provide sports placements for those who excel in sports such as basketball, golf, soccer, and athletics.

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