Get Noticed by College Scouts
Many of the top soccer players in our Country are courted by college scouts and coaches early in the first few years of their high school careers, their progress is watched in person or by a network of different people involved with a college.
This can be a nerve-racking process for young players, but if you're determined to play collegiate soccer there are some very specific things you can choose to work on to increase your chances of being recruited.
Here are 5 tips for getting noticed by college scouts.
1. Develop Your Technical Ability
If you want to play at the next level, your going to need to develop the technical ability of a next level player.
That means improving both feet so you no longer have a weak foot, it means working to develop a velvety-soft first-touch that can kill a ball in an instant.
It means nurturing brilliant, minds-eye vision, and the decision making and game intelligence that allows you to see passes and touches on the field before your peers even form the outline of a thought bubble.
2. Stay Fit
College coaches demand that their players are fit, this is an understatement, so acclimatize to doing fitness in high school and during your Club career, or you going to be in for quite a shock when you find out what the required summer fitness program is before your freshman year.
Staying fit isn't just about out-running your opponents, though college scouts and coaches do value that trait, if you're not fit you won't be able to show off the technical ability you've worked so hard to achieve to get noticed.
3. Increase Your Physicality
Make no doubt about it, U.S. college coaches love big, strong, physical players that can dominate their opponents.
Lots of collegiate programs emphasize physicality and aggression in the payers the selec, so it's a good idea to incorporate some weight training into your fitness routine.
Don't bulk up so much as to lose athleticism, flexibility, or dexterity, but make sure you're body is strong enough to impart your will and stylistics on the full-grown adults you will face during college career.
4. Improve Your Speed of Play
Everything is faster at the collegiate level, the decision making, the players you compete against, the ball-speed, everything, so it's important that you start to adapt to a faster speed of play as you progress through your high school soccer career.
Work on playing 1-2 touch soccer, make checking your shoulder second nature, know where your supporting players are at all time, and become a student of the game that flexes brainpower just as much as anything done with your feet or muscles.
5. Create a Highlight Video
In the age of the internet and non-stop connectivity, many players these days are creating highlight videos of their on field exploits.
Record some footage of your play in different matches, record your ball-striking capabilities, or the epic ball-mastery you've worked so hard on, take advantage of the technology at your disposal to sell your self.
No matter where you want to go to school, local or far away from home, this is a very good option for young players looking to encapsulate a little bit of the flair that makes them a candidate to become a next level player.