College Recuiting

Supporting the College Recruiting Process

Navigating the complex landscape of college soccer recruiting can seem daunting, but at BEST FC, we offer an unparalleled suite of resources specifically designed to aid our players through the process. Our experienced coaching staff and college liaison team provide a personalized program in efforts to guide players through the recruiting process. Our comprehensive college soccer recruiting program includes workshops on NCAA compliance, eligibility criteria, and scholarship opportunities. We also facilitate direct communication with college coaches through our extensive network, ensuring our players receive the crucial exposure necessary for recruitment.

Questions?

Email Caitlin at Pickul caitlin@bestfc.org

Checklists

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are all at different stages in their lives, with different needs, goals, and aspirations. Click your academic year to follow the specific suggestions and expectations for your grade.

Academic Checklist

  • Study and do well in all of your classes
  • Adjust to high school and the environment
  • Students should try to take a rigorous course load (AP course load or Honors)
  • Be more than a “soccer player/athlete” – school clubs and organizations
  • Perform community service
  • Hold leadership positions (Student Government, school clubs, etc.)
  • Attend professional

Athletic Checklist

  • Begin to film videos
  • First draft soccer resume/profile
  • Attend club tournaments
  • Schedule unofficial visits to tour campuses – not to speak to coaches
  • Attend college ID camps/clinics
  • Attend college games

 

Academic Checklist

  • Work on organizational skills and time management
  • Study and do well in all of your classes
  • Students should try to take a rigorous course load (Advanced Placement or Honors). It’s never too early to build your academic portfolio
  • Be more than a “soccer player/athlete” – school clubs and organizations
  • Perform community service
  • Hold leadership positions (Student Government, school clubs, etc.)
  • Attend professional events of interest and conferences
  • Take the PSAT (your school will hold it)
  • Consider taking the SATs in the spring of Sophomore year

Athletic Checklist

  • Research schools
  • Visit colleges -No Official/ Unofficial Visits Before August 1st of Junior Year
  • Go to watch college games
  • Continue to film videos
  • Emails with player profile/resume
  • Attend college ID camps/clinics
  • Coaches cannot return emails or phone calls until Junior year
  • Coaches can send camp information, questionnaires, and recruiting materials
  • Attend college games/showcases/club tournaments

Academic Checklist

  • Sign up for SAT/ACTs, seek tutoring if needed (see link under website resources)
  • When signing up for senior year classes, continue to challenge yourself
  • Double-check your transcript to make sure it is accurate
  • Begin reflecting on which teachers/coaches you will ask for recommendations
  • Gather community service dates and hours completed
  • Begin to build activity list or brag sheet
  • Understand how your high school handles college applications
  • Begin to look into scholarships/grants/student loans
  • Attend professional events of interest and conferences
  • Attend college nights or college fairs
  • Make a list of colleges you are interested in
  • Visit colleges over breaks: speak to current students
  • Create a soccer specific email to contact coaches
  • Email coaches from schools that interest you and alert them that you will be visiting and/or attending an ID clinic at the school

Athletic Checklist

  • Research schools
  • Send SPECIFIC emails with player profile/resume and video
  • Videos could spark interest, especially in schools who might not get the opportunity to watch you play
  • Unofficial visits if possible
  • Attend college ID camps/clinics
  • College Coaches can email, text, and call players
  • Coaches can start sending recruiting materials
  • Go to colleges and watch college soccer games (Division I, II, III)

Academic Checklist

  • Complete college applications (spend time preparing a well-written college essay, seek feedback from teachers or essay professionals)
  • Double-check your transcript to make sure it is accurate
  • Fill out your FAFSA form with parents
  • Apply for local and online scholarships
  • ACT/SAT test (take in Fall if needed and available)
  • Recommendations from teachers AND coaches
  • Look into applying Early Decision or Early Action
  • Do well in school: don’t slack, scholarship money may depend on it

Athletic Checklist

  • Continue to watch college games
  • Continue to attend ID Camps
  • Take official and unofficial visits, as needed
  • Don’t get complacent – stay competitive and continue to develop
  • Prepare for college
  • …The work is not over, prepare for the next level!

ONLINE RESOURCES

Our professional staff continually monitors the college application and recruiting landscape so that we can deliver our student-athletes the most updated and relevant information. Here is a collection of useful links that will be helpful along the high school to college journey.