How to Get a Football Scholarship in the US (If You Live in Europe)
Today it is very common for football players to try to get a football scholarship in the US.
As even though you are technically an amateur, the facilities and the competition level that College soccer delivers, makes you feel like a real pro.
...And while doing all that, you can get a degree.
Getting a football scholarship in the USA might be a good option for you if you are yet not pro, but want to eventually turn pro, or if you are just looking for a good level of football while getting your education.
In this blog post, we will guide you through the necessary steps you need to take in order to attain a football scholarship in the US.
This is obviously very hard to do because making a decision like this takes a lot of time to actually take.
But if you are thinking that playing college soccer might be something for you, then try to start the process as soon as possible.
Every coach has only a certain amount of scholarships they can give out every year. That means that even if a coach really likes you and wants you on their team if you are late with your process it might mean that the coach just simply can't offer you a spot on the team because it is out of their budget
If you start 6 months before your planned departure, instead of starting 2 years ahead, it might mean that you have less time for error. You will need to pass every SAT and TOEFL test, and that is not an easy task.
If you start earlier you will be able to actually evaluate every offer and every college. And you will be able to get into the college you really want to be in.
Our tip is to start as early as you can because that will make it possible for you to get the football scholarship in the USA that you deserve.
When You Decide
When you make a decision that you want to try to get a football scholarship in the US, it's time to make a decision over whether you want to do the whole process on your own or take help from someone (usually an agency).
The process involves applying for scholarships, emailing coaches, sending videos, etc.
It's VERY COMPLICATED. and time-consuming.
But there's pros and cons to both methods.
Doing it on your own will be mostly free (you need to pay fees for the tests) but getting a grasp of all of the paperwork might be very overwhelming. Also finding the right contact information to the coaches and knowing what to write is not easy either.
Hiring a college agency has the pros that they already have all the contacts with schools and they will be able to consult you on which school will actually be the best for you. You will just need to do all the formalities like take the tests and send them all your documents like your grades.
However, hiring an agency is not free. In fact, it is pretty expensive and not everyone will be able to afford it.
This is when ScoutMapp comes in.
ScoutMapp is a free app that allows you to get scouted as a player. ScoutMapp works both for players who want to play college, as well as players who want to get discovered by professional clubs.
On ScoutMapp there are coaches from all over the world looking for players.
Download the app, set up your profile, fill in your information, and specify that you are looking to be recruited for an American college and upload your highlight videos.
Speaking of Highlight Videos (Key to Getting a Football Scholarship in the USA)
How will someone know of you if they can't see you?
Well, make them see you.
In order to be discovered, if that is for college or if you are looking to play professionally, you need footage of you playing so that coaches will be able to see your abilities on the field.
Just telling someone that you want to play at their school is not enough. You need to show that you deserve it and that you are good enough.
Therefore, make sure that someone records your games. Whether that is your parent or someone in your club, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if its a professional camera or a phone camera, as long as someone can see you play.
We'll make a post on how to make a highlights video in the near future to help you out.
This is How You Get a Football Scholarship in the US
Getting a football scholarship in the USA is not easy, however, it is possible as long as you really want it.
Our tip is to start as early as possible because that will get you the best circumstances for your process.
If you want to get help with the recruitment process, then make sure to download ScoutMapp.