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Women's soccer - any chance?

kdenggkdengg Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
edited August 2011 in Athletic Recruits
I'm not familiar with the level of sports teams in top schools, Ivys like Princeton, etc. Are the players excellent, state/national players? Team captains from a school with a good reputation? I'm a canadian soccer player (girl, 16 now) but not on the most outstanding team, or the provincial team or anything. Do I basically have no chance of being offered aid, etc from the coach to go play at their school, unless I miraculously make it onto team BC next year?.. As for grades, I'd say they are average for top schools, but hopefully will improve greatly this upcoming junior year, if that helps at all..
School teams in our district aren't highly competitive (not like American teams) and our school focuses on rugby. We only started a girls team last season. So it really depends on play time on my lackluster club team.
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Replies to: Women's soccer - any chance?

  • bandgeek1bandgeek1 Registered User Posts: 504 Member
    Ivies offer no scholarships, athletic or merit. They only have need-based financial aid.
    To get recruited you have to be excellent at D1 schools. I'm not exactly sure of the requirements but I know that they are insane.
  • fishymomfishymom Registered User Posts: 1,849 Senior Member
    You need to do some research. First, Ivy League schools do not offer athletic or academic merit aid, all financial aid is need based. Also, some schools do not provide any financial aid to international students. I suggest you focus on a few schools you like and learn all you can about the admissions process at those schools, regarding both academics and athletics.
  • wilberry228wilberry228 Registered User Posts: 396 Member
    Another thing I have recently learned about soccer is that the players are committing younger and younger (unofficially, I guess ... this is not our sport but I've just hear this) so that some kids already know where they're going before they start their junior year! I didn't believe my daughter two years ago when she told me a girl in her school had committed to a major D1 for softball, but a year and a half later, there was the girl, pen in hand, and wearing the t-shirt of that same D1! Some schools recruit them earlier to ensure they get the ones they want. If you have an interest in a certain school, you should contact that coach pretty soon and ask these questions.
  • kdenggkdengg Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Im not a interested in scholarships etc cause I know they don't give those out. But I know at some school they night help out at admissions if the coach wants you.
    Junior year?!? Wow that's early. Ok thanks for the help :)
  • kdenggkdengg Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Oh and could anyone explain this D1 school thing. I don't think it's the same in Canada.. What is it equivalent to, school team as well as club team level?..
  • bandgeek1bandgeek1 Registered User Posts: 504 Member
    D1 is the highest (most competitive) level of college sports in the US.
  • kdenggkdengg Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    How do you get recruited for being in a D1 school since that's college level? Do you mean only D1 schools recruit?..
  • bandgeek1bandgeek1 Registered User Posts: 504 Member
    No the other divisions recruit, it's just much more difficult to get recruited for D1 because you need to be among the best high school athletes in the country.
    I'm not sure how international recruiting works.
  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap Registered User Posts: 11,788 Senior Member
  • wilberry228wilberry228 Registered User Posts: 396 Member
    kdeng, D1 schools are the strongest in recruiting because they have the most impressive teams and they tend to be stronger both academically and athletically. All schools recruit, but the D1s (and ivies) will tend to be the ones on the radar of top athletes. They follow the players through various channels including college showcases, and databases of top players.

    If you're really set on ivy, you should definitely contact the coach. The ivies may not be as aggressive as some of the highly funded D1s (or maybe they are ..?) but I know my friend today just told me that one of the ivies has already let her child know of their interest, even though her child is entering junior year. The reason that some of the elite players end up not going ivy is because of the reputation of some of the D1 teams, they feel that they will get farther in their sport if they follow that path. So in that case, they're interested in going as far as they can with the sport, not necessarily in just using the sport to get them into an ivy. Also, they may want to go where they are possibly even getting a full ride, which is probably not going to be an ivy!

    Hope that came out the right way! Good luck to you...
  • kdenggkdengg Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Thanks for the help, I'll definitely check out the links. I highly doubt they'd recruit from the high school teams in my area but some club teams are amazing. I'm sure they look at those and consider the club level etc?
    I'm hoping the top schools/Ivys aren't as competitive as the highly funded sports schools. I like the competitive games but don't need a super prestigious team for my needs with academics and other ECs
  • coasecoase Registered User Posts: 651 Member
    The link below provides information about who is matriculating where. You can search by name, by club and by college. The college listings have players' ODP and national team experience.
  • moonman676moonman676 Registered User Posts: 938 Member
    The top schools are normally extremely good at sports.
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