October Wrap-Up: Standing Out and Getting Identified

Many factors contribute to an athlete getting identified by college coaches.

This article has been updated with new dates for boys' and girls' ID combines in Charlotte.

I’m excited to begin the transition into winter soccer, as club teams hit their stride and middle school and high school teams prepare for the challenges that lie ahead. I’ve seen encouraging signs so far from the players in my club, school and recruiting programs, with optimism and effort running high.

It’s an open secret that an athlete’s mindset can make a crucial difference in the quality of their performance on the field, so we’ve prepared a guide to help student-athletes maintain a positive perspective and achieve their goals.

If your goal is to play soccer in college, here are some tips to help you stand out on the field and improve your chances of getting recruited at camps and showcases.

And here are 4 ways soccer families can help their child perform in high-pressure environments.

Mark your calendars for April 17-18 when I’m hosting two ID combines – one for boys and another for girls – in Charlotte. Applications are now being accepted online.

For players in Miami and Charlotte, my Training Academy kicks off December 1st. The curriculum is specifically designed to immerse players in college-level training and help them get identified. Upcoming dates are listed below and more details about the Academy can be found online. I hope you’re able to join and deepen your soccer education.

If your family is having a tough time with college recruiting, regardless of your location, please feel free to contact me at There are abundant opportunities to play college soccer in the US and my recruiting agency advises players across the country and around the world. I would be happy to assess your situation.

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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 him at