7 Reasons We're Already Excited About 2019

Chris Bart-Williams presenting keynote at 2019 Charlotte Soccer Gala

As the new year gets underway, CBW Soccer Elite’s offices are buzzing with activity. We’re excited to kick off 2019 and thought it would be great to share some of the fun stuff we’ve been up to – plus some suggestions to help with your recruiting journey.

  • Chris presented the keynote address at the 2019 Charlotte Soccer Gala. In a night filled with accolades and excitement, Chris took to the stage to offer inspiration and share the lessons he learned while evolving from a youth player with a passion for the game into a world-renowned captain of an English Premier League team. The audience was enthusiastic and really enjoyed the insights Chris shared. More speaking engagements are planned soon!

  • Chris became Head of the Gulliver Prep boys’ soccer program. Chris has been immersed in the soccer scene in South Florida for the last few months after taking on the challenge of overseeing the school’s #1 sport. He’s having a blast shaping the program and introducing his philosophy of discipline, accountability and fun to Gulliver families.

  • Chris offers advice to families for the coming year. From his temporary home base in Miami, Chris compiled this list of recommendations to help student-athletes make the most of their recruiting activities in the coming months. It’s a quick read that will help you create a high-impact strategy for the year.

  • Preparations are already underway for the CBW Soccer Elite Girls College ID Combine, May 4-5 in Charlotte. Last year’s event gave 30 talented players the opportunity to be seen and evaluated by top college programs. Several participants verbally committed shortly after being seen there last year and we’re looking forward to helping another group of student-athletes gain exposure to college coaches this spring. Members of our Elite Recruiting Program are automatically eligible to attend. All other players should complete an application before March 15th to be considered.

  • Our winter training clinics uncovered important development gaps. During the winter break we ran a series of training clinics on crucial topics like when and how to use foot skills, and when and how to pressurize. The players had a ton of fun and learned lots of new information (check out the photos on Instagram). These events were also a powerful reminder that all players can benefit from extra training – beyond club and futsal – to get ready for college. We’re not knocking club or HS coaches, in fact we think they deserve more appreciation. But the only way prepare for the intensity of collegiate competition is to seek out high-quality extra training. Start as early as possible and continue until you set foot on campus your freshman year. Here’s a checklist to help you recognize signs that you may need more training.

  • You must be proactive in your college recruitment journey. After attending winter showcases, many eligible recruits are now receiving feedback from college programs. Whether you received excellent feedback, suggestions for improvement, or no word at all, there’s a lot you can – and must – do to make the most of your showcase exposure. Every event is an opportunity to improve your eligibility as a recruit so take the time to utilize your showcase and ID camp feedback, or reach out to someone who can help you get better.

  • We built an even better newsletter. In the last year we’ve tripled our readership and we’re super excited to launch a revamped newsletter with even more carefully curated resources to help student-athletes and their families prepare for college. If you’re not already signed up, be sure to subscribe to receive original articles, event announcements, important recruiting deadlines and other helpful resources as they’re released – and tell your friends about us, too!

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Eva Bart-Williams is a mental performance coach with a private practice helping individuals and teams achieve big goals. Eva is also CBW Soccer Elite’s head of operations, where she helps athletes embrace the challenges of high-level competition and advises families on the college soccer recruitment process. You can reach Eva at

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