In this blog the U.S Soccer Scholarships team will give you an insight into what an American Soccer Scholarship entails.
The fundamentals of any American Scholarship are always based on hard work in the classroom and on the field of play. To ensure your playing eligibility is maintained you must always meet your required G.P.A. In the USA, academics come first and if you don’t meet your colleges G.P.A requirements, you simply won’t be allowed to play in your chosen sport competitively.
When attending a college on a scholarship you are always extremely well catered for in terms of facilities, these could easily be compared with professional facilities here in the U.K. – the program of training and preparation would not be dissimilar to a professional UK club. On game days you will eat with your teammates; the food is provided for you and will always be what’s best to help your performance on the field. Some colleges even provide a full diet program during the season, and often during the off-season, to make sure you are working towards your goals.
When playing soccer during your American Scholarship you will be in a “local” league as well as cups, but this may not be as “local” as you would think. In some states in the USA, you may have to travel up to 8 / 9 hours on a coach or 3/ 4 hours on a plane to a “local” league game. This travel time can be good bonding with your teammates and also gives you the chance to really enjoy some of the culture and experiences that America has to offer.
The life on campus you have during your American Scholarship can be as exciting and fulfilling as you make it. The sports teams on campus are always well known and often well respected, as they are a key part of a college’s identity. The sports teams on campus will have a multitude of students on scholarships playing soccer, football, golf and many other sports. So often the whole sports community is familiar with one another and often socialise together too.
In summary an American Soccer Scholarship can provide you with some amazing life experiences, whilst gaining qualifications and playing at some of the best facilities in the world. The scholarship will be as fulfilling as you make it. If you apply yourself in the classroom and get good grades, this can help you get the job you really want. Employers often like to take on people who have travelled or study outside of their native country, as this shows their ability to work out of their comfort zone. If you give your best on the field, this can lead to personal and team accolades, as well as the opportunity to be noticed by professional clubs and other potential more prestigious colleges.
If you are interested in hearing more about an American Soccer Scholarship contact us at Admin@ussoccerscholarships.com.
U.S Soccer Scholarships Team