Be Seen By College Coaches
The truth is that college soccer teams at the DI, DII, or DIII level have a lot of prospective soccer players to choose from when recruiting. Depending on the college and division you are often competing with hundreds of recruits for only a few roster spots per team. Given this highly competitive landscape, it can’t be stressed enough how important it is to be aggressive and proactive in the college soccer recruiting process. One of the most important components of standing out to college coaches in the recruiting process is to play in front of them. Here are some of the main ways you can make this happen.
1. Make A Highlight Reel
This is extremely important and can be a great asset in the college recruiting process. With so many prospective student-athletes and so few college soccer coaches, it is almost impossible for coaches to make it out to see everyone play across the country. A soccer highlight video will give the coach a chance to see you play early in the college recruiting process and could put you on the short list for that team.
Coaches will rarely make a trip out to see one individual player play so in many cases a soccer highlight video is your best way of getting your foot in the door. Here at Future 500 we have heard many college coaches explain the situation this way, “a soccer highlight video is a lot like a movie trailer, you never go see the movie unless you have watched the trailer first.” Future 500 ID Camps offer fantastic highlight videos, learn more here.
2. Give Coaches Your Schedule
Let college coaches know what soccer tournaments and ID camps you are playing in. Coaches have limited resources and need to prioritize where to go to and who they will be seeing. Factor yourself into the coach’s decisions by giving them your soccer schedule early on in the process. It will increase the likelihood of them seeing you play if they are already going to the tournament.
3. Attend College ID Camps
College ID camps are a very popular way for coaches to identify potential recruits to play college soccer. With so much going on during the year, many college coaches will utilize a popular summer ID camp to energize their recruiting pool. In contrast to a showcase tournament, the reason soccer ID camps are so popular is because they give coaches the ability to watch players in different settings over a longer period. Coaches can see players play in a number of different situations, try them out in different positions, and see how they fit into different formations.
When evaluating ID Camps, we strongly believe that Future 500 is your best option. For starters, every camp features 60 college coaches and every coach listed on the website is confirmed as attending (contrasting Future 500 from many other ID camps). Our most important mission is to provide the best in college coach exposure, so we organize our games and coaches to ensure that every player is seen by every coach, multiple times. Watch the video here. For more Future 500 to features, click here.
To register for an upcoming National ID Camp, click here.