Bainbridge Island FC

Key Player Skills

The following defending and attacking skills will be highlighted in our club's training program. Get a jump start and get working on the following on your own, with a parent or friends:

1v1 Defending

6 Key Points to Juggling a soccer ball

Working on your passing skills on your own

Inside Hook

Outside Hook



Step Over

Scissors (single, double)

Cruyff Turn

Maradonna Turn

College Soccer Search

A Guide to Playing College Soccer

For players and their families, matching academic and athletic aspirations with the right college can be very difficult. It can be likened to a jigsaw puzzle with many pieces, except that it's rare to have all the pieces fit together perfectly at any one school. More likely students and parents will have to figure out where the most important pieces fit best, and be able to live with the ones that don't. In addition to seeking advice from guidance counselors, coaches, older players, and others who understand the college soccer landscape, the following ideas are designed to make that process more successful.

Click for How to get Recruited by a College to Play College Soccer

1. Be Proactive
Don't wait to "be recruited." Identify schools of interest. Send coaches an interest letter, academic/soccer resume, coach references and schedule. Personalize all communications - no mass emails or generic letters.

2. Get Started Early
Realize that schools can have different recruiting timetables and admissions deadlines. It's wise to begin researching during one's junior year so that you can start conversations with coaches prior to the club season before your senior year. In-depth campus visits usually occur during senior year but it doesn't hurt to visit schools prior to that to get a sense for what type of school appeals to you.

3. Find the Right Academic Fit
Research which schools fit your academic capability and offer the programs you wish to study. Consult with your high school guidance office and explore the education section.

4. Size, Location, Environment and Culture of School
Be aware of the academic and social differences between a big state school with 25,000-50,000 students and a small private school with around 2000 undergrads. Identify your comfort level and happiness in living there, not merely in taking classes and playing soccer. For example: City or rural campus? Close to home or far away? Diverse student body? Religious affiliation?

5. Playing Level/ Playing Time
There are a variety of levels of play within college soccer, and even within each Division. Try to identify schools where your abilities would fit and be valued.

Think about your expectations for playing college soccer. Joining a highly competitive program may come with less playing time. Consider programs where you could play more and have more impact if that's more important to you.

6. Costs and financial aid
Understand how much you can afford to pay and/or take in loans. Pursue all forms of financial aid. Athletic aid is the least likely way for most students to pay for college. Academic achievement is the most likely path to scholarship money.

Remember: Less than 1 percent of all high school athletes receive any form of athletic scholarship, and a majority of those are not "full" scholarships.

7. Ask Questions of College Coaches, for example:

  • Have you seen me play and how do my abilities fit here?
  • If you won't get to see me play, how to proceed? Video? References?
  • How do tryouts and team selections work? Walk-ons or only recruits?
  • How many are on the roster? JV team? How many seniors and what positions?
  • How do you recruit players? Number of incoming freshmen?
  • Do many transfer or leave the team each year? How many play for 4 years?
  • Do you prefer a certain style of play or formation?
  • What's your coaching style and philosophy? What are practices like?
  • What's the time commitment, in-season and off-season? How much travel?
  • How do players balance academics and soccer? Schedule conflicts?
  • How do you support players' academic efforts? What other help is available?
  • Do players typically graduate in 4, or 5 years? Is there "red-shirting"?
  • How easy is it to balance other interests/commitments - job, social life?
  • What types of financial aid are available? Athletic? Academic? Need-based?
  • If I'm very interested can I set up an overnight visit?

8. NCAA Rules (see below)
Acquaint yourself with NCAA rules and terms. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (previously Clearing House) if you're considering Division I or II options. Understand what you can do to get recruited (virtually anything) and what coaches can do (very restricted).

9. Recruiting Services
These may or may not be worth the investment. Before spending money on a service, research it and understand what you're paying for and how that fits your goals.

10. And probably the best general question to ask at every school:
Why should I come here?

Be proactive, be smart, be realistic and you can do well finding an academic and athletic fit for yourself. Do not believe all the stories you hear about the process, but instead educate yourself. There are no guarantees, but by being smart in your research you can greatly improve your chances of a great four, five years of college both academically and athletically.

Number of NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Programs in Division I, II and III:

NCAA Programs

Division I

Division II

Divison III












Source: (December 15, 2008)

NAIA Programs


NJCAA Programs

Division I

Division III














Sources: and (December 15, 2008)

Bainbridge Island FC - College Soccer Search

A Guide to Playing College Soccer

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

The NCAA oversees 89 championships in 23 sports. There are more than 400,000 student-athletes competing in three divisions at over 1,000 colleges and universities within the NCAA.

Click to find a College or University offering Men's Soccer.

Click for Probability of playing beyond high School.

Click for NCAA Men's Soccer Championship page.

The differences between Div I, II and III College sports.

Where to START NCAA Student-Athlete Eligibility Center.

Click for NCAA Eligibity Center Video.

Click for NCAA Undergraduate Scholarships.

Click for Jim McKay Scholarship Program.

National Assciation of Student Athletes (NAIA)

An association of close to 300 member schools and more than 60,000 student-athletes. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience.

Click to find NAIA College & University offering Men's Soccer.

Click for NAIA Men's Soccer Championship page.

Where to START NAIA Student-Athlete Eligibity Center.

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

The purpose of this corporation shall be to promote and foster junior college athletics on intersectional and national levels so that results will be consistent with the total educational program of its members.

Click to find a NJCAA College offering Men's Soccer.

Where to START NJCAA Student-Athlete Eligibility Center.

Click for NJCAA Men's Soccer.

Media Policy

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Code of Conduct

Washington Youth Soccer

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2020 College Scholarship

BIFC Scholarship
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NSYSA Scholarship
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Safety Information

Washington State Referee Committee

Safety Policy

Recommended Reading...
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