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SOCCER RECRUITING GUIDELINES: Division I: ODP Experience: National Team/Pool Regional Team/Pool State Team NOT Pool Adidas ESP Camp CLUB Experience: Premier Club Experience Attend Major Tournaments Surf Cup Disney Showcase Score at the Shore Jefferson Cup Cerritos memorial Challenge Cup Del Sol Pres. Cup Blue Chip Crossroads Showcase Celtic Cup WAGS Cup High School Experience: All-American Varsity starter All-State All Region/Conference/Sectional Division I Soccer Notes:Most Division I soccer players have club experience and play for a high level premier/elite club team that attends out of state tournaments. The majority, but NOT ALL Division I players have ODP experience at the state level or higher. High level club tournament play and ODP soccer come closest to mirroring the college game, and this is where most collegiate scouting takes place. Nearly 100% of all Division I soccer players who played for their high school teams have earned at least All-Conference recognition. Most have also received All-District, All-State and All-Region honors. Division II: ODP Experience: Tryouts/Camps State Pool Club Experience: Team travels to out of state tournaments High School Experience: Varsity starter Division III/NAIA: Club Experience: Travels to Tournaments Not AYSO or REC High School Experience: Varsity Starter

Division II/III Soccer Notes:Over 95% Division II, III, and NAIA soccer players have club experience. Nearly 70% of Division II, III, and NAIA soccer players have earned individual recognition at the high school level if they played high school soccer.

Preferred Grades for All Divsions:3.0 GPA +24 ACT + 1000 SAT (out of 1600) (No scores needed for underclassmen)

Soccer by the Numbers

Schools Offering Soccer

Varsity

Men

Women

NCAA Division I

196

301

NCAA Division II

174

227

NCAA Division III

395

418

NAIA

206

214

NJCAA

199

162

Total

1,170

1,322

Athletic Scholarship Opportunities

Division I(per school)

9.9

14

Division II (per school)

9

9.9

NAIA

12

12

Student-Athlete Participation

NCAA Division I

5,496

7,630

NCAA Division II

4,274

5,025

NCAA Division III

10,023

9,054

High School

358,935

321, 555

Note:  Division III schools offer merit, academic, and need-based scholarships. Information from NCSASports.org

SCHOLARSHIPS and FINANCIAL AID:

FAFSA Tip: Remember that January 1st is the first day you can submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. FAFSA forms are evaluated on a first come first serve basis so you are strongly encouraged to submit yours on or near January 1st. Many states have a March 1st deadline, and in some states the deadline is February. You do not need to be admitted to college to apply for financial aid! However, you must be admitted to actually receive funds. The FAFSA form is free so there is no reason not to apply. You can get a copy of the FAFSA from your guidance counselor, from the financial aid office at a local college or by calling 1-800-4-FED-Aid. The online version is available at fafsa.ed.gov. There is also more detailed information about this form and financial aid in general on this website. Education loans come in three major categories: student loans (e.g., Stafford and Perkins loans), parent loans (e.g., PLUS loans) and private student loans (also called alternative student loans). A fourth type of education loan, the consolidation loan, allows the borrower to lump all of their loans into one loan for simplified payment. {READ MORE}