THREE STEPS TO PLAYING COLLEGE SOCCER
1. BE REALLY GOOD
2. BE SEEN
3. BE A PROFESSIONAL
Be Really Good
I know this sounds overly simple and obvious, but it’s amazing how many players assume that being an average to good club/high school goalkeeper is good enough to play college soccer. You’re competing against not only the top keepers in your region, but also keepers around the country and the world for roster spots in college programs. Many college keepers come from the top academies in Europe and South America and either barely missed out on a professional contract or decided to get an American college degree instead of pursuing a professional career.
In order to be good enough to play goalkeeper at the college level, you must fully dedicate yourself to a training, fitness, and nutrition plan that will allow you to reach your full potential as an athlete and goalkeeper. These plans are fully explained in those sections of the GKRecruiting Guide.
Many club and high school keepers make the mistake of assuming that if they’re good enough, colleges will notice. The truth is that colleges have very little time or money to invest into recruiting, and cannot spend their time scouting every club team for talent. It’s up to the player to maximize his/her exposure in order to be seen by college coaches at their preferred schools. The GKRecruiting Guides on Coach’s Referrals, ID Camps, Emailing Coaches, and Highlight Videos will help you through these steps.
Be a Professional
Professionalism goes a long way in progressing from prospect to commit. College coaches want players in their programs that handle themselves with class, are not disruptions to team culture, and are not academic liabilities. Often these red flags come up during the recruiting process and can immediately cause a coach to stop recruiting a player no matter his/her talent level. Check out our Guide to Professionalism for more on this topic.