barcahooligan wrote:this exactly my problem, i am 14 years old and play for a club in my town, but to play for premier or odp (which is called the empire academies in western ny) we would have to pay thousands off dollars a year and my parents are not willing to do that.............im afraid that i wont be able to play in college because scouts are mainly at the showcase tournements which the premeir and odp teams go to.
Barca you can play in college, you will just have to talk to the coahces yourself. Make a list of schools you would like to attend (for academics and soccer) and that you feel you can realistically make their team and look up their websites.
Every school has recruit information forms/prospective athlete to fill out. Start doing these asap especially if your a junior. If your not a junior still fill me though and contact coaches but they won't formally be able to talk to you until your junior year. I'm pretty sure its junior year, check ncaa.com for requirments.
You can also mail soccer resumes out to schools. Basically like a work resume except with your soccer accomplishments (awards,club invovlment,high school,coaches contacts/soccer references). You can also put times down like 40m,100m etc, and keep it updated.
Here is an example http://panthers.ohiodominican.edu/publi ... ctive.aspx
There are kids in colleges who never did ODP and still play. Clint Dempsey never did ODP. I know a guy who plays d1 and never did ODP, he played on a good high school and club team though. It's really all about getting your name out there.