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Cal South E-News // November 2009 COLLEGE PLANNING

November 15, 2009

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Soccer Recruiting by the Numbers

Soccer is a sport that has been growing drastically year after year in the United States and it will most likely continue to do so in the coming years. What it means for you as a recruit is that you will have more competition, thus making playing soccer in college more difficult.

Currently there are approximately 383,824 high school boys and 344,534 high school girls playing soccer in the U.S, but only about 13.9% of those athletes make it onto a college team. To increase your chances of being part of this select few, there are several things you can do to make yourself a more desirable recruit.

First, you want to do what you can to fit the mold of what college coaches are looking for in a recruit. They want athletes who have varsity experience, play for a club team and travel to tournaments; the amount will vary within each level.

You should also remain open to any and all opportunities that are available to you. Don't limit yourself with things such as college location, division and enrollment. A lot of athletes from California, want to stay in state for college, but you should keep in mind that there are only about 43 schools offering men's soccer and 48 schools offering women's soccer; almost half of those options are Division I schools where the opportunities to participate are even fewer. There are significantly more opportunities to continue playing when you leave the state.

Nationwide for men there are 205 Division I schools, 175 Division II schools, 416 Division III schools, 216 NAIA schools and 219 junior college opportunities to compete in soccer. For women, there are 323 Division I schools, 220 Division II schools, 427 Division III schools, 219 NAIA schools and 183 junior college opportunities; many more than the 43 and 48 schools in state.

Some other numbers to pay attention to are enrollment numbers:

  • 45.1% of schools have admissions between 0-1,000 students
  • 21.1% of schools have admissions between 1,000-2,500 students
  • 12.4% of schools have admissions between 2,500-5,000 students
  • 9.7% of schools have admissions between 5,000-10,000 students
  • 4.7% of schools have admissions between 10,000-15,000 students
  • 2.3% of schools have admissions between 15,000-20,000 students
  • 4.3% of schools have admissions between 20,000+ students

It can be easy to believe that you would like to attend a large school, but these numbers should remind you that the majority of options are at smaller schools. The more open-minded you remain during the recruiting process the better. There are opportunities out there to continue playing, but if you restrict your preferences too much, you may miss out on some great options.

About NCSA :
NCSA, the "Official Scouting Organization and Provider of Recruiting Education" for Cal South, is the premier source for matching high school student-athletes with colleges and universities across the country. For more information about NCSA, visitwww.ncsasports.org .