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WHAT IS A SCHOLARSHIP?
A scholarship works on a percentage basis, so the budget of the athletics department will determine how much can be allocated per student-athlete.
Scholarships are awarded on a year-by-year basis. The soccer coach reviews an individual’s performance every year, to decide whether an increase or decrease in scholarship is appropriate. This decision is usually based on a student’s attitude, sporting and academic performance.
Junior/Community college lasts for 2 years where student-athletes will achieve an Associate’s degree. Once completed student-athletes would then transfer to a 4 year institution, to complete their final 2 years at university. Here, students will obtain a Bachelors degree. The credits attained in Junior/Community college will be transferred to the university, to ensure that students complete university in a total of 4 years.
MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE
Benefits of a soccer scholarship
Scholarships provide a discount on tuition fees and are determined by a student athlete’s sports ability coupled with their education level.
Compete in top quality facilities around the U.S – Millions of dollars are spent on U.S facilities.
Earn a Degree
Obtain a degree in a subject of interest – a scholarship will allow you study towards a degree of choice at a reduced rate.
PLAY IN StadiumS
Scholarships provide students with the opportunity to play in stadiums with capacities of 100s or 1000s.
Allows students to pursue your dreams in renowned destinations such as California, New York, Florida.
Build your network
Student-athletes have an opportunity to network with people all over the world, whilst gaining friends for life.
Student-athletes gain independence and learn life skills, as they are free to make their own decisions and take control of their life.
For non-UK applicants click here to read the international student page.
The U.S. college divisions
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.
- 3 Divisions within the NCAA. Div I, II, III
- 1,759 male and female college soccer teams compete within the NCAA Division.
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 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.
Soccer Assist evaluates a student’s sporting ability and suitability for the U.S. route at monthly assessment days* that we host throughout the U.K. On this day, you are provided with NIKE training gear, GPS tracking vest, and Science in Sports supplements. The assessment days consist of 6 different technical sessions, followed by a match. Assessments run for 4 hours and are led by a UEFA A-licensed coach. Following this, we ask each participant to provide anonymous feedback on Trustpilot, which we use to improve our events.
You are called and informed of their assessment outcome within 48 working hours. Upon success, we schedule an “Identify” call to gather essential information and assess your suitability for the program and if suitable, you will be invited to enrol. Also, prior to the Identify call, you are emailed and asked to consider the following points:
- Yearly budget (tuition, food & accommodation)
- Preferred locations (3 U.S. states)
- Preferred Degree
- Our program offering and fees
Once you enrol in our program, a member of the placement team conducts an introductory call to find out your preferences and provide a timeline.
We create your player portfolio and add to it any existing video footage. You will then be encouraged to participate in monthly showcase matches, where we take additional video footage of you playing, to create professionally edited promotional videos to share it with the potential U.S. coaches.
University offers are generated through both promotion of the player portfolio and in person at the showcase events. The Soccer Assist placement team then provides the relevant information regarding each offer to you before putting in direct contact with interested U.S. coaches. Soccer Assist then provides feedback on each offer, to helps you come to a decision that best fits your needs.
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.
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 delivers an intensive 4-week pre-season camp, which ensures that you are physically fit and ready to perform once in the U.S. In that 4 weeks you train as a professional, receiving over 20 hours per week of UEFA A-level coaching. This is an essential part of the process, because we expect our students to hit the ground running in the U.S. and make a name for themselves. We do not want our students to sit on the bench!
Now it’s time for our students to pack their bags and get ready for the best 4 years of their lives. At this point, their assigned placement consultant will support them throughout their college soccer journey at pre-agreed touchpoints.
Challenger Sports coaching opportunities
Soccer Assist are partnered with Challenger Sports, the number one coaching provider in North America. Through this partnership our students are provided with the opportunity to work throughout the year (mostly breaks) to earn money that can help towards fees or living expenses.
There are a variety of part time and full-time roles available across challenger Sports business divisions (uniforms, tournaments, camps). For our players that have graduated and are in their OPT year, Challenger Sports offers a full year work offering with a pathway into a full time role thereafter.
Pro Soccer Combine (PSC)
PSC’s North American academy and showcase programs are headed by Tom Taylor and Simon Deeley. In the last ten years Simon and Tom have been responsible for over 475+ professional player placements in Europe, Asia, Australasia and the United States. They have driven PSC into becoming North America’s most successful combine and placement company and offer a realistic pathway into the professional game.
All Soccer Assist players will receive discounted spaces and access to pro opportunities post college.
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
WORKING WITH SOCCER ASSIST
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.
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
”Soccer assist have helped my fulfil my dreams in an smooth and easy transition. Not only are they are great company but the people make it so easy due to their openness and broad knowledge.Lewis ChambersColorado State University-Pueblo
”The team showed great professionalism throughout a well organised day and also allowed me to gain a great understanding of how the scholarship works.Jasmine Turner
”Had trials with soccer assist I think it went well first time playing with new people as a team even tho we lost but we all had a good game also the whole of the trial sesh was well organised by the coaches. Overall I had a great experience with soccer assist and the guys and hopefully to be continued.Nuh-atakan Bozdag
”Soccer assist is very different to other companies because they actually help u achieve your goal also unlike other companies when u r out in America they still speak to u and help u when u need it.Tyrese Sutherland Heartland Community College
”Soccer Assist have helped me to achieve my dreams. With their support and guidance, they have contributed to getting me on track to achieve my ultimate career goal. They really do live up to their word and do all they can to help their clients. Truly a remarkable agency!Leah LambertCloud County College
”Best company out there coming back from a long-term injury thinking my dream was over! Soccer assist has kept my dream alive! Aswell great people work there highly recommend.Kayn CambdenHarford Community College
”Soccer Assist best agency in the game right now and I recommend this agency to anyone who wants to travel out to America to make their dreams a reality and finally it's a pleasure to be with this Agency.Theophilus Boye-Sekan
”To anyone who has a dream to go America to mix studies and football/soccer, I would deffo recommend taking a look at Soccer Assist as they are vey professional and very hands on. I'm satisfied with their personal follow ups and moral support that they give to their Clients. Soccer Assist particularly helped me on my eligibility, visa steps which can be confusing, with their help it made things easier. I would like to thank Soccer Assist for everything.Rezon Ahmeti
”Soccer Assist is a thoroughly professional and very welcoming platform for any aspiring footballer wanting to pursue their dreams in America. Everyone associated with Soccer Assist is very friendly and trustworthy, you are able to work very closely with them to be able to choose the best possible destination for your future. I would go as far to say that I don't think anyone can offer the type of service that Soccer Assist do.Rhys LinnaneLassen Community College
”Soccer assist are a fantastic company that I would recommend to any young athlete wanting to go to the states to pursue their footballing dreams. They have helped me through numerous stages of my development and continue to do so. I have 100% trust in soccer assist and I am greatful for all they have done so far and all that they will continue to do as I continue my football career.Wesley Mckenzie
”Soccer Assist has provided me with a professional service that has taken me to the next step in my career through an easier route. They've been friendly and supportive with me throughout my journey. Their approach is very enthusiastic and their ambition for the game is their driving force which makes for a better service. I'm very happy to be part of soccer assist and for the forthcoming years. Thank you Soccer Assist.Jamal YatesLubbock Christian University
”In my opinion Soccer Assist have made my dream one step closer to becoming know longer a dream! I've always wanted to be a footballer but I never wanted to give up on my education as it's something to fall back on! They managed to help me gain a full scholarship and I have worked hard for this and haven't stopped training until I go at the end of July! I couldn't thank them enough! Now it's my job to work hard and prove I can do this! Thankyou again Soccer Assist!Jack MayburyHeartland Community College
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