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A soccer scholarship is a great way to make it through college without enduring a large student loan debt. There are many steps that can be taken to help increase the odds of getting soccer scholarships. Below are a few pointers that may assist in helping to secure that college soccer scholarship.

During the first year of high school is a great time to begin building a good academic base. The ODP (Olympic Development Program) offers a great opportunity for students to get out and travel to tournaments. It is also important to get into the College Athlete Program.

Take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) as a practice for ACT’s (national college admission and placement examination) and SAT’s. Prepare by reviewing the ACT and SAT prep books. By the junior year, the player should be a member of the ODP. It is important to take full advantage of the College Athlete Program. Pick say 25 colleges where enrollment is desired and see what the requirement of admission is in the ‘Winning Your Scholarship’ Book.

During the junior year, it is time to start organising the information to satisfy the entry requirements of the colleges. The ‘Winning Your Scholarship’ book will come in handy again. Come up with a system that will help with ranking the colleges based on your criteria and narrow down the choices between the ones that you will be most likely and least likely accepted to.

When senior year rolls around, most of the preparation for obtaining a [tag-tec]college soccer scholarship[/tag-tec] is done. Coaches will be of great assistance during the senior year as they are very familiar with the ability level of their players and they will be able to provide an honest opinion of which players have a good chance of making it into a college program.

Most of the time, the financial aide package that a student obtains is made up of different types of funds. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) classifies athletic money as room, board, tuition, books and fees being paid by the school. Merit money is given to students according to their desirability. These types of [tag-tec]soccer scholarships[/tag-tec] are based on SAT scores. A score over 1300 is generally needed before these types of scholarships are given out. Merit money is a huge source of funding for college and it is a good idea to aim for this type of funding.

Work study is another form of college funding that is plentiful, however the student needs to be careful when aiming for this. Some work study positions can be stressful due to the requirement to work a certain amount of hours. Working a job while playing a sport and maintaining grades can be difficult and invariably leads to one of those tasks suffering.

Grants are great sources of financial aide that may be renewable. College educations are extremely expensive these days. Athletes have a great resource for funding college educations. Good high school athletes have a very good chance of getting a full ride to college. Of course, only the best athletes are going to receive full athletic scholarships. However, good athletes that are good students can also get a [tag-tec]soccer scholarship[/tag-tec].

Earning soccer scholarships is no different to anything else, you have to put the work in and you have to be committed. One of the major determining factors of whether or not an athlete gets a soccer scholarship is their preparation and research. It should be remembered that money for college is big business and all students can benefit from having some assistance paying for their college education.

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  2. By Eromosele.Ejianreh on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Sir, i am an ex soccer player from Nigeria and intend taking a career in coaching. Please can sudjest any soccer coaching schools/colleges that offer scholaships for intending coaches and how to apply.


  3. By Eddy Peter Gebhard on Jun 19, 2010 | Reply

    I’m a very big fun of soccer and would love to start coaching,because I believe I can be among the best coaches in the world. Used to play but damaged by knee cap(patella).please help.

  4. By Peter munge mwaura on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    Am very much wiling to be agreat coach in my life thats why i wil be happy if granted scholarship for soccer coaching. I passionatly love coaching.

  5. By Mukhta on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hello sir, iam ex profacinal soccer player from Somalia also I take some courses at back home but I need Moore coaching courses . Please can sudjest any soccer coching college that ofer shoolar ship for atinding coaching how to apply. Also I,m living in Canada Toronto. .

  6. By emmanuel on Apr 22, 2011 | Reply

    am emmanuel 21yrs and have passion for soccer and played for different clubs and am a good play love the game and would love to keep moving on and to be recoginsed as the best player in the world and would love to play for big teams arund the world you can contact me on my email address

  7. By Chike Okafor on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hello sir, please I’m an undergraduate at UNN, a university in Nigeria and I would love to know if and how i can get in contact with colleges in the US offering such scholarships and the process involved in obtaining such. I’ve been playing soccer right from my childhood and I’m very good at it, and I say this not to boast that I’m good but it’s simply the fact of the matter that everyone around me have been telling me since I was a little boy. You can contact me on this e-mail address: Please I’d love to hear from you, I’d really apreciate it if you did. Thanks

  8. By kevin mwadime on Jul 11, 2011 | Reply

    I need a scholarship for soccer, am 22yrs from Kenya, please help?

  9. By kimenju on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    am a 21yr old guy passionate and determined 2 improve the stardards of soccer in kenya,both locally and in the internatioanal currently a 3rd year student in mechanical eng and will be more than happy in getting a scholarship in football coaching.

  10. By Collins on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Please help on how i can apply for a coaching scholarship, I am a 29 year old Kenyan currently running a youth academy for Under-9 and under-12. I am also coaching U-19 boys and girls at West Nairobi School.

  11. By dawit alemseged on Nov 21, 2011 | Reply

    i am ethiopian student&very passinated person to wards soccer coaching and what makes me happy is being football coach so please help me to make my dream real and to be the best coach in football history i hope i will do it thanks in advance

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