Why do Americans call it soccer instead of football? Blame it on the British. In the 1800’s, the British started playing a number of versions of football and came up with names to differentiate them, namely ‘rugby football’ and ‘association football’. Americans went on to reinvent these two sports, one of which became American football, while ‘association football’ adopted the name of soccer.
Soccer is played all over the country, so there are ample opportunities to find a team to suit your skills and level, from top-level high school teams to Division 1, 2, or 3 collegiate teams. Soccer is mainly a fall sport and the high school/college competition season is short and intense, beginning in late August and lasting until the end of November.
Soccer at high school level can be played via school teams or local clubs. Both will work to develop skills to help get athletes recognized by college and university coaches.
High school offers two levels – Junior Varsity and Varsity. JV teams are mainly made up of younger players; talented JV players are often backup for Varsity players.
Varsity teams will be made up of the oldest and most talented payers. Varsity teams will play in national competitions.
College-level soccer can be played at 2-year junior colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. JuCo compete in their own conferences, while 4-year institutions will offer NCAA Division 1, 2 and 3 competition for both men and women.
Is soccer your passion and are you looking to combine sports with a study abroad? Are you curious about what studying at a high school, college or university involves?
“At the beginning, my idea was to be in the United States for a year, as I wanted to experience women’s soccer culture in the United States,” Isabel said. “I committed to Tyler Junior College, where I built lifelong memories.”
Ajax talent Jansen (17) off to America and determined to end up in the MLS Timo …
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Placements – Soccer
University of La Verne, 2022
Murray State College, 2022
Santa Barbara City College, 2022
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Southwestern University, 2022
North Park University, 2022
Cornell College, 2022
Iowa Lakes Community College, 2022
Cornell College, 2022
George Mason University, 2015
Louisiana Tech University, 2019
Edmonds College, 2021
University of Alabama in Birmingham, 2013
University of Tulsa, 2014
University of Rhode Island, 2012
Hobart & William Smith Colleges, 2021
Kansas City Kansas Community College, 2021
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- Giving feedback on your footage
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- Teaching you how to build up a relationship and trust with coaches
- Preparing you for an interview with coaches
- Setting up your personal sport development program
- Deciding on the final choice of an athletic program based on your goals