One of the most important decisions a young person will make while in high school is the choice of a college to attend. If the young student is fortunate to be both academically and athletically qualified, opportunities exist to secure a college scholarship. A number of factors need to be taken into account when selecting a college:
Local vs. away-from-home
Commuting vs. residential campus
Large vs. small school
Area of academic interest
And of course the cost
The student who possesses recognized soccer abilities and skills has additional opportunities. College coaches are constantly on the lookout for new prospects. Oftentimes you will find coaches at tournaments viewing any number of players. As a prospective college player, it is of utmost importance that you do a thorough investigation of potential colleges and that you are identified as early as possible. Important vehicles for showcasing your abilities include tournaments, club soccer, high school soccer, and the Olympic Development Program. Many coaches begin identifying potential prospects in a player's junior year of high school.