First step to playing soccer at the next level (high school and college)

I wanted to take a deep dive and talk about what it takes to play at the next level- whether that be the varsity team, a better club team, or playing in college.

Playing at a higher level than what your daughter is currently at is going to require hard work, sacrifices, good grades, and much more…

Even if you are happy about the level your daughter is playing at, I guarantee that if she is passionate about soccer, she will want to play at a higher level at some point in the near future.

The last thing I want is for your daughter to be “stuck” and not know what it takes to play at a higher level.

The girls I train range from 8 to 16 years old and every single one of those girls (regardless of age) is working towards performing her best at the next level.


The single most important thing in order to actually play high school or college soccer is to have good grades!!

In high school, your daughter must meet certain GPA requirements in order to play on the team (CIF requires a 2.0 GPA).

If your daughter slips below this requirement then she will be ineligible to play even if she is the best player on the team.

If you ask me, maintaining a 2.0 GPA shouldn’t be a problem as long as she tries and applies herself.

Now, the grade requirements for playing in college in a whole other beast..

The requirements for each division is different but regardless, she must meet these in order to even be considered by a coach.

In addition to GPA requirements, she must meet test score and core course requirements.

When I worked at Utah State as an athletic advisor, I saw way too many kids that thought they were in the clear to play…

…but then they get a call from the NCAA and can’t play because they didn’t meet one single requirement.

I want you and your daughter to understand that the grades and habits she has now, will affect her later on down the road.

The topic of academic requirements in college is a beast…

If your daughter is currently in high school or about to start this fall, she needs to start paying attention to this stuff yesterday.

If you have any questions about how to navigate the academic world, then please reach out here