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College Soccer ID Camps - Should I attend?

College Soccer ID Camps are very popular and a great way for players to get additional exposure to college coaches. 

Players and parents get bombarded from College Soccer ID Camp companies and programs, promoting their upcoming camps.  I think this is great, because it makes players aware of the opportunities that are available to them outside of the showcase events they attend with their club teams.  

I always say, "There are 2 ways to look at getting exposure."

1.  You invite college coaches to come watch you play OR

2.  You go to them. 

Going to them means, you have to find ways to attend a Soccer ID Camp and get in front of the college coaches.   

But, you have to know which ID Camps will be best for you based on your Athletic, Academic, Social and Financial Preferences.  

You want to go to ID Camps that have schools that would be a good fit for you based on your Preferences so you don't waste time and money on schools that...

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How to Email a College Soccer Coach (The Right Way)

A question I’ve been asked thousands of times by players and parents is, “How to email a college soccer coach”. 

There are some very basic, necessary steps that you need to make sure your email provides the right information and gets the attention of the college soccer coach.  

One thing to keep in mind and think about is, college coaches get 100s of emails a week from players similar to you.  Those coaches, usually the assistant coaches or recruiting coordinators have to go through those emails and figure out which ones would be a good fit for their program.  

You have to find a way to stand out and also be unique and authentic in your interest.  College coaches are not looking for players that are spamming 100s of college coaches weekly.  They are looking for players that are specifically interested in their program, for specific athletic, academic and social interests.  They want to know that you have done your...

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Top 10 Action Steps for Players to Get Recruited!

COVID-19 has had an impact on the College Recruiting Process but there is a lot you can be doing to get ahead of the game!

The majority of the fall college seasons were cancelled, postponed or rescheduled.  Some colleges are playing their fall season in the spring or having non-conference games.  

NCAA also established a Dead Period, which means DI college coaches are not allowed to attend “live recruiting” events until May 31, 2021.  DII, DIII and NAIA college coaches can do “live recruiting” and they are attending games, showcases and ID Camps.

Once May 31, 2021 hits, DI college coaches will be out in full force recruiting for their upcoming seasons.  Do your best to get on their list so they can come watch you plan in action!  

HERE ARE THE TOP 10 ACTION STEPS YOU SHOULD BE DOING RIGHT NOW!

1.  Update Your Player Profile 

 College Coaches look at your profile to ensure you have a...

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Make sure you update your Player Profile for college soccer recruiting.

College Coaches receive hundreds of emails from potential recruits.  When you send an email to a college coach, it is very important to include your Player Profile so the college coaches can start to put a name with a face.  In addition to being able to see your face, college coaches will also want to see your Academic and Athletic Accomplishments and Achievements.   

These are the basics that your Player Profile should include:

Headshot Picture - I recommend being in your uniform for this picture and making it look very professional and high quality.

Personalized college soccer recruiting email address - For example, [email protected] or [email protected] 

Academic Achievements - High School, GPA, Honors, Awards etc... 

Athletic Achievements - Team Name, Position, Level of play, Jersey Number, Awards, ODP, US National Team/Pool experience, Rankings etc...

Highlight Video - This is huge and I will talk more about this...

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College Soccer Recruiting in the New Year 2021!

It's a New Year and it's time to get recruited to play college soccer.  College coaches are preparing their spring season with games and recruiting.  College coaches will have a busy schedule due to the timeline changes, but they will be on the look out for new recruits to come into their program. 

What do you have to do to make sure you get on their list?

1.  Make sure your Player Profile is set up and up to date!  This is your online resume and college coaches need to see your Athletic and Academic Achievements, along with your references and contact info.

2.  Soccer Highlight Videos are huge right now!!  College Coaches are in front of their computers much more now. So it is very important that you have a quality Highlight Video that is eye catching and showcases your technical strengths and decision making in game situations.  This is the best way for college coaches to get to know you as a player.  If they like what they see,...

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