KickStart was fortunate enough to host High Point University’s Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, Josh Gillon, at the club in April, 2014. Please note:
- There are a number of US high schools willing to accept student with good academic qualification into their institutions, from the age of 14/15 years old;
- Most US 1st Division Soccer Universities are also willing to accept student with good CXC/GCSE and SAT results into their institutions,640-816 certification
from the age of 17/18 years old. In addition, there are some 200 + second and third Division Soccer Universities that offer US scholarships to players with good academic scores, but with lesser soccer abilities;
- Students are accepted into these Universities, up to the age of 24 years old. This gives ample time for most of our senior players to further prepare themselves to reach the required academic standards (typically 5 CXCs/GCSE and a combined SAT score of about 950 points for Math and Critical Reading. This may vary slightly, depending on the University);
- Players who possess high academic scores in either, CXC, GCSE or CAPE, with a high GPA and SAT score, can also qualify for academic scholarships. Furthermore, students who are currently attending an institution of higher education, such as the University of the West Indies or the Barbados community College can also apply for transfer, if they are accepted into a US University. The entry requirements vary from University to University.
- Players that do not fall into the three options listed above, have a further opportunity to secure trials in professional clubs, within the North American Soccer League (NASL), which is a second tier of soccer in the United States soccer pyramid, behind the Major League Soccer. If successful, players are paid on average US $2,000 per month, plus free housing and possible sponsorship;
- Most US Universities host an annual summer soccer camp, which are usually advertised on their web sites. Application can be made online for those who are interested. 700-501 exam
This also provides an excellent opportunity for players to get up close and personal exposure to the coaching staff.
Josh has provided KickStart with the following resources to assist the players (and the parents) in securing a US football scholarship.
College Recruiting Resources – follow this link
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