First of all, you have to understand that playing professional soccer is a career for very few players. Even if you get a contract, chances are that it’s going to be a short-term job and not something you can do for the rest of your life.
Be active in your local scene
Everybody is looking for shortcuts. In reality, the most realistic approach is to start from your local amateur league and work your way up the ladder. It’s important to make friends and listen to your coaches because these are the people who will help you advance. Your teammates and your coaches have connections and they will tell you when there are opportunities and tryouts in your area.
College soccer in the USA
When you’re still young, playing in college is usually the best option for a number of reasons. First, you’ll get a degree which is important considering that life goes on after your playing days are over. Secondly, you may be able to receive a partial or full scholarship. It should be noted that only NCAA Division I and II school are allowed to give out scholarships. Lastly, playing in college is often the best way to get drafted by a professional team.
Professional teams in the USA and Canada
The top divisions in the States are: MLS, USL and PDL. There is also the NASL which was formed recently. These leagues include teams from both the US and Canada where most of the players are drafted or selected from college. The best way to get into any of these leagues is by making yourself known at the collegiate level. Therefore, your first priority should be to enter a college with a good soccer program. If you are too old for college, you may have to seek out tryouts on your own, but it’s much harder and less likely to get noticed that way.