One question that I have been getting a lot when it comes to college soccer recruiting is “How do I make a highlight video and is it necessary?”
Highlight videos can be a great way to be evaluated by a college coach that may not be able to watch you play in person…
…but not all coaches use highlight videos to evaluate players.
For example, big schools like UCLA have a bigger budget to travel and go see players in person- and coaches will always elect to watch players in person over on video if possible.
But, not all schools have the means to travel to around the country to watch players in person- and therefore they will use highlight videos to recruit players that are not local.
With that being said, a highlight video isn’t 100% necessary but it definitely doesn’t hurt to use them.
Here is when your daughter should use highlight videos:
In order for your daughter to be recruited to play college soccer she needs to do the work, its not just going to happen.
But how much time and effort should she be spending on it per week?
First, she must understand that working on getting recruited isn’t just some silly homework assignment or hobby…
If she truly wants to play in college, this is her entire future that she is working for.
It should be taken as seriously (or more) than a high school class.
With that being said, she should be starting to work on the recruiting process by 8th grade, especially if she wants to play D1.
As an 8th grader she should be spending at least 1 hour per week working on tasks to help her get recruited.
As she enters her 9-12 grade years, she needs to be committed even more time.. up to 3-4 hours of hard work per week with no distractions.
I know that she is extremely busy and already has a lot on her plate so making an extra 3-4 hours in her schedule may seem impossible.
But if she...
One of the most common questions I get about the college recruiting process is “what are college coaches looking for in a player?”
Obviously, they are looking for highly skilled players on the field… Players that have good technical abilities, are fast, strong, and smart.
But when college soccer coaches are evaluating players, they look for so much more than just how good a player is.
You have to understand that this coach is trying to find a player that they want on their team for the next 4 years.
They want a player that they actually like and a player that will represent the program well.
In addition to your technical and tactical abilities, coaches are paying attention to the little details such as:
How you warm up, how you communicate with teammates, coaches, and officials, how you deal with mistakes on the field, your body language, your confidence, how you react after a win or a loss.
And those are just some of the things they look for on the field.