For anyone about to leave high-school, the search for a college is an exciting experience. Finding the right college becomes even more exciting when you are a soccer player. The popularity of soccer is growing in the US and with it comes more and more opportunities for young soccer players as they move into college.
Playing soccer in college is a full-time commitment much like any other college-level sport. There will be limitations to the courses you can select if they clash with practice. It will be harder than the normal college experience. However, there are several advantages according to Soccer Garage:
Admission – Given the choice between two applicants with roughly the same grades, most colleges would choose an athlete over the other. The boost playing a sport gives your admission chances is especially important for the more competitive colleges.
Scholarships – The cost of education is going up, especially at the better schools. As a competitive athlete, you will have a better chance of securing a partial or full scholarship at almost any college that has a competitive sports programme.
Perks – There are also several perks for athletes in colleges. Some students will get first pick for dorm rooms, others will get early registration for popular classes, sponsored soccer footwear, and gear, and there is also the possibility of getting free tutoring through the college.