College Recruitment

TSF Academy are very proud of the players that have developed at the club and graduated to college programs at a variety of levels.  TSF Academy Directors and Coaching Staff have many years of experience helping players develop both on and off the field in preparation for College Soccer and are here to help in any way we can. 

The process of playing college soccer can become very complex and overwhelming and one of our main goals as a club is too assist our families navigate this process and make it as easy as possible.

Below is basic information to help provide a starting point for each player and help families begin to discuss the process every step of the way.  This information should not be considered as the only guide, but the start for every player to understand the process. 

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR and SENIOR ATHLETES complete the TSF Academy College Profile Registration at the beginning of their Sophomore Year.  If not, please complete honestly and accurately. 

Past College Recruitment Webinars

College Scholarships

College Scholarships (Academic vs Athletic)
If you are seeking a college scholarship to play soccer most college coaches look for student athletes that they can give academic and athletic money to. On average most Division 1 schools only offer 4 soccer scholarships per year. Keep in mind; they rarely give any one player a full scholarship. That’s why it is so important that all student athletes understand the importance of academics. The coaches prefer to give the four soccer scholarships to eight or ten players. Now if you have very good grades, the coach can go to the admissions office and try to secure academic money as well as financial aid.

Many colleges provide soccer scholarships for their soccer programs to entice top academically qualified players to their teams to ensure the future competitiveness of their programs.

Maximum Number of Scholarships Per Affiliation Division

Affiliation     Men        Women

Division I      9.9            12

Division II      9             9.9

Division III    None       None

NAIA             12              12

One of the differences among Division I, II and III colleges is that Division I and II colleges may offer athletic scholarships. Although Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships, Division III schools may offer academic scholarship money to athletes who may meet or exceed the amounts provided by Division I or II athletic scholarships. Not all NCAA Division I and II soccer programs will be granted the maximum allowed number of scholarships by their athletic departments. The NAIA is not part of the NCAA. NAIA teams may offer a maximum of 12 scholarships to athletes.

Coaches have the option to allocate a full scholarship to a player or divide up the scholarship amount among a number of players. Prior to entering negotiations with a college for a scholarship, it is important for an athlete to know how many soccer scholarships a college has available and to have a realistic understanding of his or her value to the college’s soccer program.

For those players that are likely to make a positive and significant impact to a team, a full or partial scholarship or tuition discount is a strong possibility.

Academic Aid

The greater an athlete’s academic achievements, the more college options he or she will have. Many colleges offer academic aid to students who meet certain specific standards. To attract a player to his or her program, the college coach will likely try to include as much academic aid as possible into the athletic package. The earlier a qualifying academic aid student commits to the school, the more likely the coach will be able to obtain the available aid for the player.

Many parents boast to friends that their son or daughter was recruited to play college soccer and received a scholarship. The reality is that the majority of college soccer players are receiving money because they qualified for academic or other merit aid.

There is more academic money and financial aid available to students than athletic money. So how do the players increase their chances of receiving aid from a college?

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5

  • Score a minimum on your SAT’s of 1600

  • On January 1st of your child’s senior year go online and register with FAFSA (see FAFSA tab) 



Potential college student athletes must understand that most college coaches look for a minimum 2.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) over the four years of high school. Starting fall of 2016 all student athletes must have a minimum of 2.3 GPA to be eligible to play. They prefer their prospective players have a 3.0 GPA along with a minimum SAT score of 1600 (overall) with the emphasis on Math and Critical Reading.

Most students take their SAT test for the first time the spring of junior year. We strongly suggest that all students take their SAT test the end of sophomore year or beginning of junior year. Why? If they take it early without the assistance of a SAT tutor you can see what their strengths and weaknesses are. There is no need to hire an SAT tutor to work on areas that your child may not need help in.

You will register your child to take the SAT test on The College Board website is full of information. After you register your child to take the SAT test and they complete the test, you will be able to not only see his test results but you will also be able to see what he/she scored high on and what he/she scored low on. College Board is also great to search all colleges of interest. They post SAT requirements, GPA requirements, what degrees they offer, tuition and all the information you would need to help you and your child make a decision.     

We must emphasize the importance of academics from the first day the student athletes enter their freshmen year of high school (U15). We ask parents and coaches to monitor their child's/players GPA, but also their social habits in the classroom (attitude towards teachers, piers and school administration). 

Why are academics so important?

About 100,000 High School senior boys play soccer in the United States every year. About 6% go on to play college soccer at any level, be it D1, D2, D3, or Junior College. So that’s about 6,000 men as incoming freshmen soccer players. About 1% - 2% get full soccer scholarships, depending on how many scholarships are full or partial. Bottom line; out of the 100,000 senior high school boys graduating this year, between 1,000 and 2,000 will get some athletic money.  

Academy Money vs Athletic Scholarships

There is more academic money and financial aid available to students than athletic money. So how do the players increase their chances of receiving aid from a college?

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5

  • Score a minimum on your SAT’s of  1600

  • On January 1st of your child’s senior year go online and register with FAFSA



What is FAFSA? 
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (visit link above for more information).

Whether you think you qualify for financial aid or not you should go online on January 1st of your child’s senior year (that is the first day you are allowed to file) and fill out the free application. Financial Aid is based on several criteria.

Why January 1st?
Because Federal Aid has a cap! So when the money is gone it’s gone. Even if you have to go back and change the application you do not lose your place.  FAFSA will  also supply you with information about grants, low interest student loans and other scholarships available to your child.

NCAA Eligibility Center

If you plan on attending a D1 or D2 college to play the first thing you need to do is go on the NCAA website and go to the Eligibility Center and print the “Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete” (see links to above).

You need to make sure that your child is taking the correct classes and meeting the minimum academic requirements to be eligible to play their freshmen year in college.

Please keep in mind that the requirements are different for Division 1 and Division 2. Please keep in mind that the NCAA requirements are the minimum to be accepted. Not to receive an athletic or an academic scholarship!

If your child aspires to play D1 or D2 you must register him with the NCAA Eligibility Center, so he can go through the NCAA clearing house to make sure he is eligible to play in college.

You should register your child at the end of junior year.

If your child is attending a D3 school they do not have to register with the NCAA.  

The Parents Role?

What Is the Parents & Player’s Role in the College Process?

  • Academics

  • Research and visit the schools to make sure they offer you what you are looking for in a College

  • E-mail an introduction letter to the college coaches of the schools that fit your criteria and give them your tournament and game schedule

  • Update your TSF Academy profile page.

  • When the coach responds to you make sure you reply in a timely fashion

  • Make a three minute highlight DVD and make sure it has all of your contact and academic information

The Role of the Coach?

What Is The Club Coaches Role In The College Process?

  • To develop the player.

  • If the player of TSF Academy request that we contact specific college coaches, we will contact them and give our assessment of the player as it pertains to strengths and weaknesses

  • If the coach of a university reaches out to us we will give our assessment of the player as it pertains to strengths and weaknesses

  • Make sure the player profile information, are distributed at the college showcase tournaments with the assistance of the TSF Academy parents

*Please keep in mind that Club Coaches are forced to walk a fine line between promoting the abilities of their players and maintaining their credibility with college recruiters.

The Myth

Is the perception that college coaches will discover you at a game or tournament and launch a campaign to recruit you? While there is a small amount of truth to this possibility, the fact is that most coaches don’t haphazardly discover their potential recruits this way.  It is far more likely that the player recruits the coach!

College Coaches have limited time and limited resources to find potential recruits.  It is your responsibility – not your parents’, your high school coach, or your club coach – to start you down the path of college athletic recruitment.

If you want to play college athletics, you need to take charge of your own destiny.  Don’t leave it up to happenstance!

  • Choose to do your school work and get the best possible grades to ensure you are eligible for college athletics and desirable for college coaches.

  • Choose to make the commitment to practice and play well enough every time to be considered a viable college athlete.

  • Choose the relevant information to put on your player page.

  • Choose which colleges and athletic programs seem to be the best fit for you.

  • Choose which coaches will get your recruiting information – and when they will receive it.

  • Choose which college campuses you will visit.

Don’t worry – you aren’t all alone. We are here to help you – along with your parents. But in the end, it will be YOUR CHOICE as to where you continue your athletic career.

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