How to Choose the Best College Recruiting Soccer Camp
If you want to get into college on a soccer scholarship, the best way to get noticed by recruiters is to sharpen your soccer skills by enrolling in a college-recruiting soccer camp. These camps offer serious training to players who are interested in playing college soccer and want to develop their skills to the limits of their potential. If you are looking for a camp that caters to serious players, look for one that offers training in the basics of skill development for soccer, focusing on vital areas such as training in tactical thinking and technical precision on the field as well as the basics of coaching. The coaches running the camp should also have extensive experience in both playing and coaching and ideally, should also have a background as professionals in the game, or at the minimum, at the college level.
If you are eyeing a particular college and want to get noticed, you might want to see if these colleges hold their own soccer camps. If so, then sign up for their camp since it will not only expose you to their coaching styles, it will let you be seen by their coaches who may call the attention of recruiters to you. Many of these camps may also send invitations to student players they are interested in after seeing them play at various tournaments. Keep in mind, however, that these camps send hundreds of these invitations a season and receiving one does not mean that you are on a recruitment list, just that they are interested enough in you to see you perform.
If you are fortunate enough to receive an invitation for one of these camps, you must be at the top of your game since it may be your only chance to make a good impression. If you fail to impress, you may not get a good evaluation and be overlooked by recruiters. Also keep in mind that you need to have a good academic record since many college coaches also consider this along with athletic talent as an indicator as to whether or not the student athlete will succeed at this particular college. So make sure that you meet all the qualifications for admission to their athletic program, otherwise you’ll just be wasting your time and money by attending the camp.
Finally, keep your expectations realistic. Even if you don’t get recruited, at the very least you’ll receive a professional individualized evaluation of your performance that you can use to promote yourself to other college recruiters.