If you are a star soccer player and you are looking to pursue a career in the sport, it would be very wise of you to look into a soccer scholarship. Any sport-based scholarship is great because it allows you financial freedom during your studies, so that instead of working you can focus on improving your craft. There are a few important considerations to keep in mind when looking to obtain a college soccer scholarship.
Unlike most other sports, soccer college recruiters begin looking into players from when they are young. This could be early on in high school or even in lower grades and traveling leagues. Traveling leagues or tournaments are the best way for you to get noticed. The more you travel, the more opportunities you have to play for coaches at universities across the country. If you play in major youth tournaments, coaches will come out to watch and again increase your chances of getting recognized. Keep in mind that the more you play, the better your chances are of being seen. It is better to play for a lesser known youth team where you will play a lot of minutes than it is to play for a big-name team, where you'll likely spend more time on the sidelines.
The problem many young athletes fall into is that they look for the best college program and focus all their attention on obtaining a scholarship from them. However, for most teams, there are over 20 players and generally less than 10 scholarships available. If you know you are good but won’t get the chance to contribute to a major team right away, than your chances of getting money from that university is slim. Your better option would be to look into lesser known schools or programs such as Division II. These teams have almost as many scholarship opportunities available and your chances of obtaining one is greater.