How can I get a scholarship for a soccer?
I have been playing soccer for 7 to 8 years, I played in the front or a defender and goalie but my family and friends kept on asking if I got a scholarship from the game I had played. But I have played in soccer clubs and regular soccer teams but my I have been so curious of HOW you get one.
When considering becoming involved in sports, it is very important to consider that your sports career will probably end before you expect it to, and you need to have a back up career in mind, which you will prepare for in college along with participating in your sport. Many times people are able to get an academic scholarship based on grades and also participate in soccer.
So, you have two areas to determine:
- Topic 1 - Which career area to follow
The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
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- Topic 2 - How to enter into sports in college
Talk to the people who are in charge of the soccer programs in which you have participated to get their input and recommendations and possibly meet soccer players who they know have received scholarships to get more information.
Start by attending your local community college or local college and participating in soccer as a walk on. Many times, if you excel, you may qualify for a scholarship based on your grades and the way in which you play.
When you are investigating careers, as mentioned in Topic 1, and talking to the person who tracks alumni for your school, ask to be introduced to alumni who have participated in soccer in college, and who might have received scholarships to get their input and recommendations.
The reference librarian at your local library has much information about scholarships and would be a great source of information.
Unfortunately it dose depend on your team's record and schools prestige for Universitys to send scouts. The second way would be to research D2 and D3 schools that have scholarship that you can get for playing a sport in highschool. Hope this helps
I can speak from experience on this as I had a full ride scholarship to Fresno State for soccer.
Ken has a point. I recommend to have a career path in mind. A field you are interested in other than playing the beautiful game of soccer. If you are interested in the athletic field, I recommend sports medicine as a back up career in case worst case scenario happens.
This worst case scenario happens to me as I suffered a bad back injury during my senior year in high school causing me to loose my scholarship.
But I did not let that stop me from going to school and becoming a productive member in society.
I recommend to proactively reach out to the univerties you are interested in and researching others to see how their soccer program is doing. Post videos of your performance on social media. Instagram, Facebook, you tube as you are you biggest promoter.
Stay focused on your goals and you will always come out successful.
I wish you the best of luck and who knows. Maybe we will be seeing you playing in the world cup in the near future.