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WOMEN’S SOCCER IN AMERICA
Just how does the United States develop its world class talent in women’s football?
The majority of the U.S Women’s National Team have come through the college system, with players like Alex Morgan, Cari Lloyd and Christen Press all graduating and going on to win the Women’s World Cup.
We are now seeing more and more talent from the UK take advantage of this pathway, with international scholarships at Colleges on offer for top talent across the globe.
Scholarship opportunities for women are one of the reasons the game is thriving over there.
There are in fact more scholarships available for women than there are for men. The various divisions that college teams play in state that women’s teams can have a certain number of players in their team on a scholarship. For example, teams competing at the highest level (D1) can have up to 14 scholarships per team.
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE US FOR WOMEN
PLAY, STUDY, EXPERIENCE.
This gives girls more opportunities to gain an education and play at a highly reputable level.
Combining football and education in the UK has proven to be a challenge for most. Players like Rachel Daly have said themselves that they wouldn’t have been able to do this in England.
In the U.S however, Colleges offer a schedule that allows you to continue developing as a player whilst also giving you the means to earning a degree.
U.S Universities dominate the global academic institution rankings. Not only that, but students will have an unparalleled experience abroad and will graduate with a degree and C.V that stands out to employers worldwide.
With over 1,500 Universities in the U.S having a women’s soccer team, the opportunities are not scarce.
Soccer Assist has a 100% placement record when it comes to acquiring scholarships for our athletes. We work with all Universities across the U.S to get the best offer available.
LIFE IN AMERICA
The opportunity to travel around America to see various different states and immerse yourself in the culture is just one of the many benefits of living in America. The biggest worry students have is about getting homesick and how difficult it will be making new friends.
In fact it is the total opposite, as you’re not the only person going through this experience and most likely will be one of many international students on campus. The girls you train, eat and laugh with become your family and are there to support you throughout your experience to ensure it’s the best it can be!
FAMOUS SOCCER SCHOLARS
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
LET YOUR FOOTBALL DO THE TALKING
TRIAL ID DAYS
Showcase your ability and prove why you deserve a scholarship in the U.S
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
HOW IT WORKS
We host trial days nationwide for potential student-athlete.
STEP 1 – Step 1 – Book your place at an upcoming trial. Fee applies.
STEP 2 – Attend the trial and showcase your ability.
STEP 3 – Get an offer to join the Soccer Assist programme and let us get you the best scholarship deal.
Simply choose a trial day that works for you to start you journey to America.
See Behind-The-Scenes At One Of Our Women’s Trial Days
BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TO THE U.S. WITH SOCCER ASSIST
Competing within the NCAA is a huge step but I am quite extrovert, so it suits my personality. This experience is just another stepping stone towards fulfilling my dream of having a good time and playing football! I get on really well with the Head Coach of the soccer program apart from when he mentions my childhood team - Crystal Palace!
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