Want to Become a Professional Soccer Player?
You've come to the right place - I can help you.
I've been collecting information for my son, and I am sharing what I learn on this site.
You Need to Stand Out
Learn what you can do to be noticed. What you can do to help yourself be identified as a player with value to offer a team. Do you have a highlight reel? CV? How can you get scouted? What do scouts look for in their scouting report? Do you need an agent?
Are you on any football player platforms? There are several. Some do not charge any fee to join, others do.
Find out about Soccer Identification Camps (ID camps). What are they? Is there any benefit to you if you attend one?
If you happen to be in Spain, Segunda club C.D. Leganes is hosting their first International draft this year.
Under the "Locker Room" tab, you will find interviews with coaches, players, scouts and agents. Hear first hand the advice they would offer a young player who wants to become a professional soccer player.
United States or Abroad?
FIFA regulations are very specific regarding Minors Playing Abroad. There are only a limited number of exceptions under which players under the age of 18 can train with professional clubs abroad. Do you meet one?
Most often, players who train abroad do so as students. There are academic programs that operate in conjunction with boarding schools. Other programs connect with local clubs while offering housing in host homes.
Now with the new eligibility requirements put into place by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in response to COVID, many players are looking at programs to train abroad during a gap year.
If I Play College, Can I Still Play Professionally?
Yes, especially if you want to play in the United States.
Many US coaches feel that playing college soccer allows players the opportunity to get additional game experience, training and afford them the chance to grow physically. Over the past few years, more college players have been attending the MLS Combine.
Even in Europe, older players can get signed. Sometimes they may play for lower teams and work their way up.
There are services that can assist you in connecting with a college program that will be a good fit for your skill level and future goals.
Discover the power of the internet and how it can help you. Find out what you can do to make yourself a brand, and then how to build that brand YOU on Social Media.
We are searching best practices to position the serious athlete to be seen by coaches and scouts. We will be sharing what we learn here, with YOU.
Because it doesn't matter how many soccer finishing drills or soccer passing drills you practice, or how many soccer tournaments you attend, you won't be joining a professional team unless you stand out and are SEEN!
Always Have a Plan B
The most important advice I can give you is probably not what you may want to hear.
The fact is that the odds of someone making it professionally as a player are low. What does this mean? It doesn't mean you should give up on your dream, but it does mean that you should have a Plan B and Plan C in place.
Complete your education. God forbid you injure your knee, hip, stop standing out for whatever reason. You need to have a backup plan.
That being acknowledged, I hope you learn from this site. If you find it useful, please share it.
Why I Made This Website
My son, Jared M Sullivan, is eighteen. He moved to Spain last year before COVID and played with FC Malaga City Academy. Before that, he trained in Assisi, Italy with Bruno Redolfi at the Accademia Insegnaro Calcio. And before that, he was a USDA player.
This year, he was invited to join CF Rusadir Division de Honor team in Melilla, Spain in 2021. Since joining, he has been called up to play with their senior team.
Jared's goal since a young age has been to play at a professional level and our search for ways to help him kicked off the research for this site.
As I met more parents of elite soccer players, I recognized that there is a shortage of information readily available on how to play professional soccer. I decided to start sharing the information I was gathering.
This was stressful for me. I am not a technical person and the thought of creating a website was very overwhelming for me. Fortunately, I found a website building tool that has made the process of putting this together not only easy but fun as well. If any of you are interested in creating a website, I invite you to explore Solo Build It. (I am on their affiliate program).
Please send me a message if you have specific questions. I may not know the answers, but I will be happy to help you look.