1. Create a soccer resume and cover letter to send to schools (stay away from most recruiting services as they are very generic and do not have the personal touch). 
  2. Begin to research schools academic and athletic programs via your counseling office, college web sites, and comprehensive sites such as 
  3. Take classes that match your high schools NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only use approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility.
  4. You can access and print your high schools NCAA List of Approved Core Courses at and clicking Resources at the top of the screen. 
  5. Begin to explore with your parents how you will finance your education. 
  6. Take PSATs. 
  7. Keep up your grades. Play, Play, Play.


  1. NCAA regulations do not allow college coaches to send out any information about their programs until September 1st of your junior year. If you mail coaches something as a sophomore they can only send you a questionnaire and a soccer camp brochure in return.
  2. Prior to September 1st, Junior Year: Until this point, college coaches must follow strict recruiting rules. Coaches can only send you questionnaires, sport brochures, and NCAA education information. You are, however, allowed to call coaches; they just can’t call you back. (Be aware of this if you intend to leave a voicemail message.) In addition, you can make unofficial visits to college campuses. Any meeting with coaches must take place on campus.
  3. NCAA regulations do not allow college coaches any off campus contact during your sophomore and junior years. When college coaches see athletes or their parents at soccer tournaments they are only allowed a formal greeting.