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What level of education should you have if you want to be a professional athlete?

If I want to become a professional soccer player, do I have to of had a really good education, or is it more about the skills you have as an athlete?

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Paul’s Answer

There is really no level of education required to become a professional soccer player. Skills are definitely a necessity, if you want to play any sport professionally.

Success depends on your level of development. I knew one player, who came out of high school, and immediately had the skills to play for the Seattle Sounders.

With others, development takes longer. I always emphasize, that if you have the opportunity to gain a college scholarship, you should accept it and try and develop your abilities as much as possible.

It is rare that you see young players coming out of high school and immediately going professional in the United States. If you have the chance to play at an NCAA university, than your physical development and skills are excellent. Plus, you will have an opportunity to get a college education and degree, which will help you after your playing days are over, and will assist if you want to become a soccer coach or administrator.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Light, thank you for your question. To my knowledge you don't have to have a degree to play professionally. But even though the rules don't say you need to have a college degree to play professionally, I would suggest you complete your education. If you want to continue to play professionally while you're in school, you may want to consider going to school online. Best of luck
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Craig’s Answer

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As mentioned previously, there is no correct answer to this question. I would get the highest level of education as you possibly can. This is because it is extremely difficult to play professional sports for a long long period time unless you are the next (Lebron James, Messi, Tom Brady etc.) So you will eventually have to work. With that being said, it is much easier to find a career that is well paying if you have a college degree or even more compared to if you only have a high school degree etc etc. The higher the level of education that you receive, means that more doors will be open for you in your work career.
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Joe’s Answer

In the short run it is easy to feel like soccer is life, but your playing career will hopefully be much shorter than your work life. It's great to focus on the skills you need to chase your dream but understand that in the long run, more is needed to succeed in life.

Education is not something you do for a brief period, it really is a life time pursuit.
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Raven’s Answer

It is very important to work hard on your soccer skills in order to consistently improve and become a great player. However, having solid grades and a strong education definitely increases your chances of being recruited to play sports at the college level. And once you get recruited to be a college student-athlete, you have to maintain a certain GPA in order to remain eligible to compete in your sport. Therefore, education is crucial when it comes to your sports career because competing in college is usually the most common path to playing professionally.
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Anthony’s Answer

Unless you are the next phenom and get recruited international at age 14 like Messi. You should play college soccer and get a degree. Just incase if it doesnt work out. You get a free education and can still have a successful living.
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Brandon’s Answer

For a professional Athlete i think it is great if you are able to get your high school degree and maybe a portion of college. College isn't just about school it is also teaching you how to become an adult in ways
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