The reality is odds are low to receive a soccer scholarship. You are not only competing with players in the United States, but players from all around the globe are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to play soccer while getting an education.
The question is “are you good enough?” It seems difficult to even measure the accuracy of that answer because it depends on who you ask. Your parents think you are amazing, your coach thinks you are pretty good, but what does a college coach think?
I recently did a camp with Coach Javi, a Division 1 assistant coach and big soccer youtuber, and a young player asked us during a Q&A: “what do coaches look for in a player in considering him/her for a scholarship?” Here was my answer:
Coaches need a number of things answered before ever offering a scholarship:
1. Are your grades good enough to get into the school?
2. Are you good technically? Can you shoot, pass, control, and dribble?
3. Do you make good decisions when you play? Do you know when to pass, shoot, control and dribble?
4. Are you one of the better players in your current environment? Do you stand out at your club?
The answer has to be yes to all four of those questions before a coach can even consider you. But, if the answer is yes to all four of those questions then now you just need to find the right fit at the right time.