There are over 2,600 men’s & women’s college soccer programs in the USA with many offering scholarship opportunities to talented players who could have the ability to make a playing contribution to the team.
Life as a college soccer player is extremely challenging and will involve being fully committed as both a full-time athlete whilst simultaneously pursuing a degree as a full-time student. It is an environment that produces most of America’s professional and Olympic athletes.
Women's Football Scholarships: An introduction into the sports scholarship
Thinking about a Football (Soccer) Scholarship? Some successful professional footballers have come through soccer scholarships from American Universities, including; Hope Solo (University of Washington), Abby Wambach (University of Florida) and Alex Morgan (University of California, Berkeley) to name a few. College soccer in the USA has a rich and diverse history, dating back to the late 1800s. Teams who participate in the college soccer leagues play a variety of conference and nonconference matches during the fall season, with the season culminating in the ﬁnal tournament of the season, the College Cup. The St. Louis Billikens are said to have been the most successful male team, being the victors in 10 College Cup tournaments, while the North Carolina Tar Heels are the most successful female team, racking up 21 College Cup wins! The Hermann Trophy is awarded to the ‘player of the year’ for both men and women teams. Following collegiate careers, top male players often are drafted into the Major League Soccer or other professional leagues world wide. whereas, the top female players are often drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League as well as other international leagues such as: Division 1 Féminine in France, Damallsvenskan in Sweden, Frauen Bundesliga in Germany, W-League in Australia and Nadeshiko League in Japan.
Women's Football Scholarships: When should I apply?
At present we’re currently searching for talented footballers aged 15 to 22. The best possible time for you to go is once you have ﬁnished school up until a few years later. We’re ﬁnding coaches are taking on athletes at a younger age as this will give them a chance to work with the athlete for a longer period of time. In regards to the amount of time you can be out there for, it really depends on you. Athletes can be in on a football scholarship for anywhere for one to four years. If you’re seriously considering turning professional after college or university, it’s highly recommended to go to the United States as early as possible to start training and studying.
Women's Football Scholarships: How good do I need to be?
We’ve been helping potential soccer stars of the future gain places in football scholarships at American Universities for many years now. Our consultants will help you to understand how to apply, what tests you need to complete (academic and physical). In order to get the most opportunities and receive the best scholarship offers, it’s important to keep practicing at football and to do as well as you possible can in your exams. Coaches then look at the athlete and their potential within their university or college. With the training methods used by coaches, even moderately good athlete’s performances can be boosted. With the help of Be Varsity, recruitment coaches will look at the athlete’s videos, performances and will consult us regarding your ability. A soccer scholarship can cover many, sometimes all, of the costs associated with earning a university degree. In return, the student-athlete will represent the university in their respective sport and maintain a good level of academic performance.
Women's Football Scholarships: Training Schedule
If you are successful in receiving your soccer scholarship, you will be expected to practice with your team for up to 3-5 hours daily, ﬁve days a week. Training includes drills, strength and conditioning exercises. For an international scholarship holder, training has said to be tough at times because of the physicality of the training and intensity of the conditioning, but don’t fear, we are sure you will acclimatise with no problems.
Women's Football Scholarships: Apply Now
To ﬁnd out more about the football scholarship process, ﬁll out our form and a Be Varsity consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can register for one of our UK Football Trials. Be Varsity helps thousands of students through this application process every year and we can also assist potential students and athletes will all aspects of studying in the USA, including preparing for campus life and budgeting for the cost of living. We will also help you to choose which University is best suited to your academic qualiﬁcations and your level of sporting ability.
Women's Football Scholarships: Types of scholarships available
There are two types of scholarship that a prospective student-athlete can receive. A ‘full soccer scholarship’ or a ‘partial soccer scholarship’. Competition for scholarship money is extremely competitive with scholarships being offered to the best players.
A full soccer scholarship will mean that the university is paying for all tuition, accommodation, food, books and everything related to your sport. At some universities, a full scholarship can equal the investment of almost $400,000 in one, single athlete. At Be Varsity, one in every four of our athletes will receive a full scholarship.
A partial soccer scholarship is just as it sounds; it is where the university are offering you a deal that will cover some, but not all, of the costs associated with attending the university. If, for example, a university costs $50,000 and the coach is giving you a scholarship worth $45,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $5,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the field and in the classroom, then the coach can reward you with a scholarship increase and cover any costs that you had been contributing towards.
There are also other scholarships that a university can offer (academic scholarships, for example) and these can be combined with a soccer scholarship to cover the costs associated with attending a university. It is worth noting that a scholarship will not cover the costs of your flight to and from the campus (personal travel) or any costs associated with the social aspect of life in America (shopping at mall, cinema, etc).
When Should You Start the Process?
Ideally, prospective student-athletes will begin the scholarship process in the first half of their penultimate year of secondary school. In the second half of that year, they will then take the SAT or ACT exam for the first time (the exam may be retaken) and begin communication with university coaches. The most intensive time for scholarship recruiting in the USA is between July and December. Many coaches prefer processing and finalising commitments with recruits in those months during the students’ last year of secondary school.
What’s the Next Steps?
The concept of sports scholarship agencies is an American phenomenon given the selectivity and diversity of their universities – and in this case, their soccer programs. Our job comes down to providing insight on the process specific to programs, managing expectations, and helping families negotiate the process efficiently.
To work with us, prospective student-athletes or their parents would submit an initial application, which, after a conversation is followed-up by an interview between the student and one of our scholarship consultants. This is free of charge and we always seek to provide feedback to families after this process. If we believe the individual has a realistic opportunity to secure a scholarship, we will send a proposal offering the family the opportunity to sign with Be Varsity and commence the sports scholarship process.