Soccer College Checklist by Coach Morgan Murray

Freshman Year

  1. Contact the High School coach prior to tryouts. Introduce yourself & ask for advice.
  2. Write out SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic ,Time Bound) goals for your Freshman year. Put these goals somewhere you will see them often.
  3. Time your two mile run and juggle to 25 after
  4. High school tryouts put an emphasis on fitness. Don’t be the kid throwing up.
  5. Maintain an average of at least a 3.0 for both semesters.
  6. Be on a first name basis with your counselor & your two favorite teachers.
  7. Play club soccer or other sports. Consider enrolling in Futsal, it is terrific for ball control.
  8. Have a professional teach you how to properly lift weights.
  9. Start applying to outside scholarships for college.
  10. Time your two mile run and juggle to 40 after
  11. Revise your goals if needed.

Sophomore

  1. Write out your SMART goals for your Sophomore year
  2. Time your two mile run & juggle to 50 after
  3. Start applying to outside scholarships for college.
  4. Start taking leadership on your team even if you are younger.
  5. Use social media with the same tag to show off your soccer talents in a professional manner.
  6. Meet with your counselor & pick out ten colleges. Meet with your favorite teachers.
  7. Maintain a high GPA. Always take your more advanced classes during club soccer.
  8. Take the PSAT.
  9. Determine how much your parents can afford to pay for college.
  10. Apply to outside scholarships.
  11. Time your two mile run & juggle to 75 after
  12. Revise your goals if needed.

Junior

  1. Write out your SMART goals for your Junior Year.
  2. Time your two mile run & juggle to 100 after
  3. Register with the NCAA.
  4. Start emailing coaches.
  5. Create a LinkedIn for recruiting purposes & add the coaches you emailed. Send them an action message on LinkedIn.
  6. Follow colleges on social media to show demonstrated interest.
  7. Take the ACT & SAT. Strongly consider test prep.
  8. Apply to colleges with recommendations from your counselor & favorite teacher(s).
  9. Play club soccer for the team who will play in the most college showcases.
  10. Visit the colleges you are considering attending.
  11. Apply to outside scholarships
  12. Time your two mile run & juggle to 125 after
  13. Revise your goals if needed.

Senior

  1. Write out your SMART goals for your Junior Year.
  2. Beat your record for one mile, two mile & juggles 🙂
  3. Double check your NCAA eligibility.
  4. Maintain your GPA.
  5. Fill out the FAFSA & CSS profile. Retake the ACT/SAT if needed.
  6. Apply to outside scholarships.
  7. Decide if you want to play soccer as a job in college.
  8. Revise your goals if needed.
  9. Have fun playing soccer, don’t burn yourself out!

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