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NCAA Women’s Soccer Recruiting Timeline

NCAA member schools have adopted rules to create an equitable recruiting environment that promotes student-athlete well-being. The rules define who may be involved in the recruiting process, when recruiting may occur and the conditions under which recruiting may be conducted. Recruiting rules seek, as much as possible, to control intrusions into the lives of student-athletes.

The NCAA defines recruiting as "any solicitation of prospective student-athletes or their parents by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution's athletics interests for the purpose of securing a prospective student-athlete's enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution's intercollegiate athletics program."

Navigating through the recruiting process involves key elements that most be completed during each year of high school. The first and most important step in the process is studying hard and preparing yourself academically for college. Review the following timeline of things to do during the recruiting process.

General FAQs

Freshman Year

Things to do

  • Get the grades
  • Take core courses
  • Go to out of state tournaments
  • Go to at least one showcase tournament
  • Begin to make contact with coaches at colleges you are interested in

Sophomore Year

Things to do

  • Get the grades
  • Take core courses
  • Go to showcase tournaments
  • Continue to play club and seek alternate opportunities to play
  • Contact coaches and academic programs at schools that interest you
  • Form a list of schools that fit your needs (athletically, academically, geographically, financially)
  • Attend summer camps with coaches or universities that interest you
  • Initiate contact with coaches, inform them of your game schedule(s)

Junior Year

Things to do

  • Get the grades
  • Take SAT/ACT
  • Take core courses (check your progress to 16)
  • Take electives in courses that interest you (major/minor potential)
  • Go to showcase tournaments
  • Narrow your search (1-10 institutions)
  • Continue to initiate contact with coaches
  • Take (and re-take) unofficial visits
  • Apply for the NCAA Clearinghouse (
  • Have an official transcript and test score sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse

Senior Year

Things to do

  • Get the grades
  • Complete core courses (16)
  • Potential majors have been explored/narrowed
  • File your application(s) to college
  • Apply for scholarships/aid
  • Take official visits (at this time they are usually a formality)
  • Send your final transcripts (post-hs graduation) to the clearinghouse and the university admissions office (some coaches prefer this go directly to them)
  • Confirm that you are eligible to play through the clearinghouse
  • Complete your summer packet and prepare for college!

If you have any questions about this information or the recruiting process, please contact Melanie Langley.

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