How to get a football scholarship and what are the requirements?

Are you a budding footballing star wondering how to get a football scholarship, either in the US or somewhere else? 

Some of the best football scholarships don’t just demand a superior level of ability on the pitch. Football scholarship requirements also extend to your academic level, as well as your language skills. 

How To Get A Football Scholarship And What Are The Requirements

How To Get A Football Scholarship

The pathway to getting a football scholarship depends on a number of factors, including the country you want to apply to, and whether or not the football scholarship is at a college/university, or directly with a football club. 

But there are some core elements you need to consider:

Discuss Your Options With Coaches

Your football coaches will have an insight into how you can progress your career and will be able to lay out some options for you, whether that’s applying directly to local clubs to trial for their academies, or different university and college pathways.

Understand Academic Requirements

If you’re applying for a US-based soccer scholarship, then you need to understand the academic requirements for getting onto a course. Many university and college-based scholarships will require a high level of educational attainment to even apply. In the US, for example, you may be required to complete four years of English, three years of math, two years and natural sciences and other classes too. Check the NCAA website if this is the pathway you’d like to pursue.  

Be Persistent

Just because your first applications or trials may be unsuccessful, doesn’t mean your dream of becoming a professional football player is over.

Keep honing your skills on and off the pitch, and the right opportunities will come to you. Many of the world’s top players today were missed by youth scouts or released by Premier League clubs and had to work their way up the football pyramid from the very bottom.

If you’re hungry enough to succeed, you can definitely do the same. 

Know The Different Football Scholarships Available

There are various types of football scholarships which you can pursue to further your career in football. They include:

College soccer scholarships – these support both your academic and athletic pursuits at the same time within a college or university setting.

Full football scholarships – if you’re a rising superstar in the making, a university may fully cover your lodging and foot costs to get you playing for their teams.

Partial football scholarships – the university will offer to cover a lot of your costs, but not all of them. You will still need to maintain high performance both on the pitch and in the classroom.

Football club scholarships – get scouted, try out for and get signed by real football teams for their academy set-ups.

Football scholarship language requirements

Whether you’re applying to a university football scholarship, or directly to a football club’s youth academy, they will have a number of requirements before they will consider signing you up – including your language ability. 

For international players wanting to join a US college scheme or play directly for a club’s academy in the UK, there are expectations that you will be able to speak Football English to a proficient level. How else will you be able to communicate with coaches, teammates and management? 

Students applying to soccer scholarships in the US for example will need to prove their English language proficiency by typically taking a TOEFL or IELTS language test and supplying a score as part of their application documentation. The usual score bar for IELTS is 5.5, and for TOEFL it is 46.

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