February 20th, 2019 by Mike Getman
Now that you know that you need to be thinking about college in your Sophomore and Junior year (if you read the last Issue of “Get Soccer”), here is a list of what your next steps should be.
1) Decide what schools you are interested in. You may have no idea yet or you may have a school you have wanted to attend since before you can remember. Either way, keep in mind that this will be a work in progress. You may change your mind. You may be contacted by a coach from a school that you never considered. You may visit your desired school and decide you aren’t comfortable there. At this point you are just trying to narrow down your choices and start a list. You may need to do some research. You can find College Soccer Programs listed at www.thesportsource.com or at many other websites. You can also find most University websites by typing the name of the school plus “.edu” For instance, www.UAB.edu.
Check out College Soccer websites for helpful information. Ask your High School and Club Coaches if there are colleges they would recommend.
In your next step you are going to want to create a soccer resume and email your resume to the Soccer Coaches on your list. In the next issues of “Get Soccer”, I will talk about what to include in your resume and cover letter.
2) Sign up for soccer camps at schools on the top of your list. This is a great way to get to know several college coaches at once and to showcase your talent to them. Going to camp will allow you to work with college coaches and to see if you like their style and demeanor. Spending a week with a coach on and off the field, is the best way to see if you are a good fit with each other. If you check out the “Director & Camp Staff” page of our website, you will see that the Mike Getman Soccer Camp has coaches from 12-15 different colleges. Other college soccer camps may do the same.