We’re just a few weeks away from high school soccer tryouts, making this an opportune time to talk about the opportunities – and considerations – that come with playing for your school team.
As I’ve shared in my blog, I personally believe that playing high school soccer can be a wonderful learning experience for young athletes and can also enhance their appeal to college coaches.
For an additional perspective on this topic, take a look at what Julie Foudy, former USWNT captain, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, has to say about the importance of high school soccer for girls.
I strongly advise student-athletes who elect to play for their high school to engage in the recruiting process throughout the school season. Putting recruiting on hold can slow your momentum with college coaches who are unlikely to attend high school games.
Instead, here are six recruiting tasks players should continue to execute during high school season.
And here’s a practical guide to putting together the perfect college list.
If you’re wondering how you’ll manage to fit all this into your schedule, here are some helpful time management tips for student-athletes.
Finally, my staff and I are wishing the best for CBW Soccer Elite alumna and High Point University commit Toni Tsoukalas as she represents Greece in the U19 UEFA qualifying round in Iceland next week. Go Toni!
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Chris Bart-Williams is the founder and owner of CBW Soccer Elite. After an extensive career in the English Premier League, Chris now uses his vast soccer knowledge to assist families throughout the college recruiting process and prepare players for the mental and physical challenges of collegiate soccer. You can reach Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.