The impact of coronavirus on college soccer recruiting

The NCAA recruiting rules are now different for each division level. NCAA D1 has suspended all in-person recruiting through April 15, 2021. As of September 1, 2020, NCAA D2 and D3 have resumed the regular recruiting rules.

High school classes of 2023 and 2024: Underclassmen are not directly impacted by the NCAA’s suspension of in-person recruiting, as college soccer coaches are unable to contact athletes until after June 15 of their sophomore year. That being said, during this time it’s important for underclassmen to focus on developing athletically and remain motivated academically. With high schools across the country are switching to e-learning, here are a few online learning tips and strategies to help student-athletes through this change.

High school classes of 2021 and 2022: Starting junior year, college coaches can begin contacting student-athletes, which means upperclassmen need to understand how to initiate contact with coaches and respond to emails, texts, phone calls and DMs. To start a relationship with a college coach, recruits should focus on sending an introductory email that expresses their interest in the program, explains how they can be an asset to the team, share how they are staying in shape and ask questions. Athletes will also need to stay on top of the latest news involving the extra year of eligibility to ensure they are able to compete once they commit to a program.

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For most soccer players, getting on a college roster is a longtime dream

From running around freshly cut grass as a young kid to training hard on a competitive club team, for most men’s soccer players, the road to playing in college began many years before their recruitment. And that’s why gathering the necessary information and picking the right college to play soccer for is so important. Fortunately, we’ve compiled this informative guide to help readers find the men’s soccer program that’s just right for them.

From club tournaments to the best college soccer recruiting websites, we’ve outlined the major sections that will help guide student-athletes along the way on their college recruitment journey. For example, the recruitment process for men’s soccer swings into high gear in 10th grade. NCSA’s own survey of college coaches states that 74% of Division 1 men’s soccer coaches begin evaluating talent in 10th grade, and another 22% begin in 11th grade. That’s why student-athletes need to obtain club and tournament experience at an early age and make sure they ace the recruitment process every step of the way. To do that, they’ll need to know exactly what college programs are looking for.