Soccer

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.

News

Matz den Blijker – Soccer

#Congrats to our student-athlete Matz den Blijker from the Netherlands who will be studying and playing soccer at Worcester Academy in the USA as of Fall 2024.

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Julius Jakobs – Soccer

#Congrats to our student-athlete Julius Jakobs from the Netherlands who will be studying and playing soccer at Rochester Institute of Technology in the USA as of Fall 2024.

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Luc van der Graaf – Soccer

#Congrats to our student-athlete Luc van der Graaf from the Netherlands who will be studying and playing soccer at Macalester College in the USA as of Fall 2024.

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Pepijn Borst and his team at Murray State College are NJCAA Region 2 Champions!

#Congrats to our soccer player Pepijn Borst for winning the NJCAA Region 2 Championship!

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Placements – Soccer

Julius Jakobs

Rochester Institute of Technology, 2024

Luc van der Graaf

Macalester College, 2024

Jimmy Baars

Western Illinois University, 2023 / Mercer County Community College, 2021

Erwann Hiernaux

Cornell College, 2023

Duc Gakpo

California State University, Long Beach, 2023

Kanta Mitsutani

Skidmore College, 2023

Tim Rentenaar

University of La Verne, 2022

Pepijn Borst

Murray State College, 2022

Timo Jansen

University of Albany, 2023 / Santa Barbara City College, 2022

Flemming van Nieuwkerk

Southwestern University, 2022

Raúl Chen

North Park University, 2022

Floris Huiskers

Cornell College, 2022

Lucas Catosso

Iowa Lakes Community College, 2022

Wies Kleingeld

Cornell College, 2022

Gilian Buijk

George Mason University, 2015

Sophie Fijneman

Louisiana Tech University, 2019

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The program entails:

  • Giving feedback on your footage
  • Discussing the different pathways to reach your ultimate goals
  • Informing you about what matters most to coaches
  • Building character / pitching yourself to coaches
  • 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