WHY USE A SCHOLARSHIP AGENCY?
Applying independently has its risks:
Understanding the PRocess
Lack of knowledge regarding the process may lead you to make bad decisions.
NEGOTIATING THE SCHOLARSHIP
You may not be able to negotiate with coaches effectively, to determine the right scholarship for you.
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
Unfamiliarity of the university you are interested in, may lead to selecting the wrong university for you.
U.S coaches are known to work with credible agencies when selecting student-athletes.
WHERE YOU WILL COMPETE
What are the different university leagues?
There are approximately 3000 universities/colleges in the U.S, in various locations, at different levels of athletics, and at different costs.
Many people dream of playing U.S college soccer at this level as it is known to be the most established division. The calibre of athletes range from academy to national players. There are many regulations including the number of international students they are permitted to have on their rosters. Secondly, academic requirements are high and therefore eligibility for this division may be difficult.
Student athletes normally start off playing at NJCAA or NAIA before transferring to a NCAA college. During this time, students have the platform to establish themselves, build up their statistics whilst proving they can compete at a collegiate standard. This can take up to 2 years.
NAIA colleges normally recruit many international students in comparison to other collegiate divisions. However, coaches may not offer a large scholarship to new international athletes. There is a chance that a student-athletes scholarship may eventually increase over the years, if the athlete performs well for the team.
If the student-athlete has intentions of competing at a professional standard, this is a suitable league; as scouts realise the potential talent of international athletes and observe many of these games.
Soccer Assist believes the NJCAA should not be overlooked, as many success stories have started their careers from Junior/Community colleges. NJCAA colleges are initially cheaper compared to NCAA and NAIA.
NJCAA colleges are only 2 years long – then students transfer to a 4-year institute (NCAA or NAIA) to complete their final two years.
HOW IT WORKS
We advise potential student-athletes to begin their application process 8-36 months in advance.
This call allows us to understand your ambitions, academic background and university preferences. Our experienced consultants are on hand to walk you through the U.S process and answer any questions. We will also provide an overview about costs, how scholarships work and the next steps.
Once you fill in an application form (link to application page) please provide a suitable time to call. We do advise at least one parent to be present during the call. In the meantime please read through the information on our website and prepare any questions in advance.
This allows us to evaluate your sporting ability and assess your suitability for the U.S route. Once you have applied, the next step is to reserve your place at an upcoming assessment day (£25 fee applies).
Once you have been assessed, we will inform you of your outcome within 48 working hours. Upon your success, you will have a “Identify” call explaining the next steps.
You will then have 7 days to return the player contract for the service to begin.
A member of the placement team will contact you to find out your preferences and inform you of the following steps. We will then create a player portfolio, which we will use to promote you to U.S coaches.
Prior to the phone call, please have a think about the following points:
- Yearly budget (tuition, food, accommodation)
- Preferred locations (3 states)
- Preferred Degree
- SAT/TOEFL exam
- High school grades
- Any further questions you may have regarding a U.S scholarship
Soccer Assist athletes typically receive between 3-7 different scholarship offers. Relevant information regarding each university will be provided by the Soccer Assist placement team. You will then be put in direct contact with U.S coaches who have expressed interest in your abilities.
This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Once you have selected your preferred university, you will be required to sign a letter of intent. This means that you agree to attend that university for 1 year and cannot change your mind and opt for any other.
An important part of the scholarship process is achieving a good SAT score
(click here for more information to do with SAT – LINK to blog post). Securing a SAT score of over 1100 will gain you acceptance into many universities. This test assesses your academic potential through reading, writing and mathematics. Soccer Assist athletes will be provided with SAT preparation pack and online revision material. We advise student- athletes to take the test 12-24 months in advance, to attain their highest score possible. There is an unlimited number of re-sit options with this exam.
If students enrol into a NCAA or NAIA institution, you are required to go through the Clearinghouse process. This is an essential step in becoming eligible to play college sports in the U.S.
Prior to your journey to the U.S you have to be granted a F-1 Student VISA. This will grant you permission to study in the U.S for the period of your college career. Once accepted by your chosen university, the admission team will provide you with the I-20 which will allow you to apply for the F-1 Student VISA.
A VISA process video will be sent to each client, detailing what to expect and take to the VISA interview.
Prior to departing to the U.S, Soccer Assist provides an intensive 4 week training camp which ensures that you are physically fit and ready to perform once in the U.S. For 4 weeks you will train as a professional by receiving over 20 hours per week of technical, tactical, physical and psychological training. For us this is essential because we expect our clients to hit the ground running in America and make a name for themselves. We do not want our players sitting on the bench!
Now it’s time for you to pack your bags and get ready for the best 4 years of your life. At this point, you are assigned a placement executive, who will support you throughout your journey.
All costs below are subject to change.
ADDITIONAL COSTS TO CONSIDER
The following are a list of costs that are not included within Soccer Assist’s service fee that may be worth consideration. Please note, that not all will be applicable to you:
UNIT AND APPROX PRICE
Flights to the U.S
£400 – £600
The SAT Exam
F1 Student VISA
$300 – $600
NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Centre
High School Evaluation
Tuition & Fees
BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TO THE U.S. WITH SOCCER ASSIST
What our athletes have to say about us
“My experience with soccer assist has been life-changing, making the players and I their priority all the way. They know what it takes to succeed as they've been in our position before so they make sure we are prepared mentally, physically and emotionally.”Gifanho LubakiLassen Community College
“I wanna thank soccer assist so much for helping me to get a full ride (scholarship) and truly blessed and honour to be part of an amazing agency. The service has been top class.The staff has been nothing more than a big help to me through the processing.They have really stay true to the words. I strongly recommend soccer assist to anyone who wants to play in the USA.”Chris BaruaniNorthern Oklahoma College
“I would like to say a Big thank you to Soccer Assist and the whole team for taking my dreams and turning it into a reality. Since December the team has worked with me recording my games and exposing my talent to coaches around the US, now I'm in Virginia and part of a huge family at Richard Bland College.”Jordan CamachoRichard Bland College / Hunter College
“Great company to help you make your dream come true. Helped me through every process and are still helping me now. Couldn't ask for any better.”Joshua Lewis-EvansDrury University
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