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Cal South E-News | July 2011 COLLEGE PLANNING

July 18, 2011

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How Are You Searching for the Right Schools and Soccer Programs that Fit You?

1. Many soccer players aspire to play at the next level after college, which leads many of them to search and choose institutions based solely on the soccer program. A student-athlete has to remember it's about getting an education first. Starting the search based on academic interest is a great way to begin.

2. The next question an athlete should ask is "Would this school fit me socially?" For example: "Will I thrive as a student-athlete in an urban area or is it a better fit for me to be somewhere smaller?" Will you progress in a large school and class setting or do you need a smaller setting that will allow you to receive more attention?

3. Finally, searching for a school based on their soccer program. Yes, everyone wants to play at the top programs, but student-athletes should ask themselves a few questions while searching for that right program:

A. "Can I play at that level?" Be honest and compare yourself to players that are already playing at the program. Also, get feedback from your club coach. They see you train and play more than anyone else and can evaluate you.

B. "Would I want to continue my education at this institution if I suddenly got hurt and couldn't play soccer for it anymore?" Injuries and lack of playing time are part of sports. Picking a program at an institution which you would want to attend -- whether or not you are playing soccer -- is very important.

C. "Will I be able to pursue my academic goals while playing?" Remember, playing at the college level takes a lot of commitment and time management. Some programs will ask more of you as player than others. Are you prepared to make that commitment to the program?

D. "What type of system do they play?" If you are used to a system that keeps the ball and plays to feet, it is probably not wise to attend a program that does not play that style unless you are willing to adapt. Also, the more you can see them play, the better. It will allow you to get a feel for the system, players and coach.

NCSA Athletic Recruiting has to ability to connect you with a College Search Map to help you find the soccer program that fits you socially, academically, and athletically. The more you know about the school and soccer program, the better chance you will succeed on and off the field..

About NCSA :
NCSA - "The Athletic Recruiting Network" (ARN) for college coaches, qualified student-athletes, their parents and high school coaches to expedite and maximize their college sports recruiting efforts.