Soccer players of all ages have dreams of playing in the Olympics, World Cup, or in a professional league. While this can be achieved by playing on club teams, the rosters of these elite teams are increasingly being filled by college athletes. This leaves many high school students wondering how to get scouted for college soccer.
First of all, it is important to figure out how competitively you want to play. All college soccer programs are not created equal. Also, you need to figure out why you want to play college soccer? Is it because you want to eventually go pro? Do you just want a scholarship? Answer these questions and you will have a better idea of what tier to shoot for.
While there is no single formula for getting scouted, a general rule of thumb is that you need to be playing all year long. That means playing for your high school and then joining a travel team for the off season. Picking these teams can be just as important as picking a college. If you have the luxury of choosing where to go to school, pick a program that is known for churning out star players and playing competitive teams. For club teams, research the state/national standings and try out for clubs near the top of the list. If you play for excellent teams, that increases the chances of scouts showing up at your games.
Tournaments are also incredibly important. College scouts take advantage of tournaments because it lets them check out hundreds of players at one location. Be sure to play in these high profile tournaments and be sure to play well! When the scouts are watching, you want to be at your best. Play well, win games, and the scouts will take notice.
Sometimes, however, the scouts don’t come to you. Or when they are there, you might not have an excellent play to make them take notice. That’s why it is important to make a skills tape. Start as early as possible and record all of your games and scrimmages. The earlier you start video taping, the more highlight reels you will be able to make. When you think you have enough game tape, edit the footage into a catchy highlight tape. Take that video and upload it to any number of recruiting websites.
Scouts and coaches routinely peruse skills videos, and you might get noticed. If you are more forward, you can directly send your highlight tape to coaches of schools you are interested in. It can’t hurt! There’s no single path for how to get scouted for college soccer. But if you play well when the scouts are watching, and compile your best plays into a flashy highlight reel, your chances of getting noticed will only increase!