Your soccer scholarship in the USA
Welcome to the land of the current record World Cup champion! The USA has been one of the best nations for years and has produced some of the best players in history.
The reason for this:
The college sports system in the USA! Players like Kristine Lilly, Hope Solo or Abby Wambach laid the foundation for their record-breaking careers at US colleges all over the United States. Whether you are a first division player or a player on the local level, a soccer scholarship in the USA can put you in great spot, both athletically and academically.
AVERAGE ATTENDANCE OF THE 12 BEST COLLEGE TEAMS (760 IN THE WOMEN'S BUNDESLIGA)
AT THE 2019 WORLD CUP IN FRANCE, A TOTAL OF 88 FORMER AND 11 CURRENT COLLEGE PLAYERS WERE PART OF THEIR RESPECTIVE NATIONAL TEAMS
21 OF THE 23 PLAYERS OF THE WORLD CUP WINNING TEAM OF THE USA PLAYED AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL
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HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE THERE?
While the development of and opportunities for women’s soccer in Europe are noticeably behind that of men’s soccer, that is not the case in the US. Female players at the collegiate level in the USA receive even more scholarships than their male counterparts.
The scholarships cover tuition, rent, living expenses and sometimes even pocket money. Depending on the team and division, up to 14 full scholarships can be awarded per team.
In addition to the high level of support received through sports scholarships, many German players are also eligible for academic scholarships through good grades and test scores.
Universities with soccer teams:
- NCAA D1: 333
- NCAA D2: 265
- NAIA: 188
- NJCCA: 181
Full scholarships per team
- NCAA D1: 14
- NCAA D2: 9.9
- NAIA: 12
- NJCCA: 18
HOW IS PRACTICE AND THE SEASON STRUCTURED IN THE USA?
The main season in women’s soccer takes place in the Fall semester between August and December and begins with a 2-3 week pre-season, in which you work intensively with your team on the pitch, preparing yourself for the upcoming season. The preparatory phase takes place before the actual colleges semester starts.
Afterwards the regular season begins. During the season, soccer teams practice almost everyday during the week and play 1 to 2 games per week. Due to this tight schedule, a little more rotation is possible and playing time is guaranteed for almost every player. Practice in the USA is very intensive, giving the feel of a professional environment.
The coaching staff often includes several assistants and athletic coaches, all of whom are dedicated to the team’s success. In order to meet the high demands, trained physiotherapists take care of the players’ well-being.
The recovery facilities are comparable to those of men’s pro teams. The Play-Off System is especially attractive at the end of the college season. If your team performs well in the Regular Season, it continues in tournament mode until the National Championship is played in December.
In the following spring semester, between January and May, the teams prepare intensively for the upcoming season; in addition to daily workouts, tournaments and friendly matches are on the schedule.
DIFFERENCES IN COLLEGE SOCCER
- In the second half, coaches are allowed to switch players as often as they want. Players may come back onto the pitch even after they have been substituted out. This is advantageous in that A) the players can rest for a few minutes and B) all players can see time on the pitch.
- If there is a tie after 90 minutes, there is an extension (2 x 10 min), which is decided by a golden goal.
- There is no extra time. In college football, like in American sports, the clock counts down to zero.
The presence of US college coaches is the icing on the cake during our showcase events. The trainings are the only chance for you and the coaches to have personal contact before signing the soccer scholarship.
At the moment it is unfortunately not possible for the coaches to travel to Germany. In order to not only collect video material during our events, but also to enable contact to the coaches, we have completely digitalized the showcase for the coaches.
We provide the coaches in the USA with a live stream of the training. This way the coaches can evaluate your talent from abroad. For this reason we can now invite not only 20-30 but up to 100 coaches. Also the discussions with the coaches will be kept and will be done via video-call.
So you can also receive concrete offers from the USA during our interactive training!
What can you expect?
- March 25 – 28 in Basel (Switzerland)
An alternate date in Germany is possible and dependent on the government’s further decisions.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A SOCCER SCHOLARSHIP
In the USA there are about 1,300 colleges with women’s soccer teams. We can help almost all ambitious female soccer players on their way to the USA.
To receive a full scholarship directly in your first year, you should have gained experience as a first-team player in one of the 3 highest women’s divisions or in the 1st junior division. However, all players in the district league and higher have a chance of receiving a partial scholarship of several thousand dollars.
The following overview explains in more detail what kind of scholarship you could receive. The percentages refer to the costs you would receive from your scholarship.
100% e.g. means that the university covers all costs. This is not only limited to the tuition fees, but also includes all other costs such as insurance, housing, food, medical care, books for your courses and much more.
|2nd division and higher||100%|
|3rd division||80 – 100%|
|4th and 5th division||70 – 100%|
|6th division||60 – 90%|
|7th division||50 – 70%|
|2nd division||70 – 100%|
|3rd division||60 – 80%|
|4th division||50 – 70%|