Email has become the preferred method for introducing yourself to college soccer coaches. Just having being very talented, playing for a NPL team and attending ID showcases does not guarantee you will be discovered. Using email the correct way, you can ensure college soccer coaches know who you are and give them the chance to contact you.
The modern recruiting process is now starting earlier than ever. In an effort to assure themselves the most talented recruits, the top colleges soccer programs are recruiting and offering scholarships to athletes in the 8th and 9th grade. However, NCAA rules prohibit coaches from any sort of contact with a recruit before their junior year of high school, but, they can touch base with you IF you contact them first.
Keep in mind that Email is just an introduction
The email you send to a college soccer coach should serve as just an introduction. You want to show the coach you have researched their college program, have the potential to be a top college soccer player and a give them a schedule of where and when they can watch you.
Basic guidelines for Emailing Coaches
Be sure to personalize each email – If you don’t take the time to put in your own words each email to the coach, they won’t take the time to respond. College coaches receive dozens of daily emails most of them templates. They can tell when an soccer player has taken the time to write them a clean and personalized email and when someone is using a copy-paste, just changing the name of the coach and school will not work, trust me!
Many soccer players don’t include the contact information for your high school or club coaches. If you are emailing a college coach before they are allowed to get hold of you, they need the contact information for your coaches so they can let them know they are interested and start a secondary process. Basically, you email the college coach, and if they are interested, they will contact your coach and let your coach know when to call them so you can talk. It’s called getting around the rules, it’s totally legal and nearly all college soccer coaches do this!
College coaches don’t expect you to be ready for their program, so when you email them be humble; they just need to see that you have that potential they’re looking for. Remember to include your basic info, there is no need to detail every award or stat from the last few years.
Second most important thing to your contact information, college soccer coaches need to know where and when they can come and watch you in person. Coaches bring a list of soccer players they want to watch at a tournament or an ID showcase. They need to know where you are playing so they can add you to their list of players to watch. Include in the link of the event in the email.
Here is what I have suggested my goalkeepers to send out to the college soccer coaches over the years and it has been pretty successful:
Dear Coach *****,
My name is *****, I am part of the class of -Your Graduating Class- at -Your High School- in -city/town and State-. I am interested in -The Name of The College- and learning more about your program.
-Include in this area information here about the research you did into their program-
I play -List your position or positions you play on your team-. Some of my best accomplishments to date are -list your top three best time accomplishments-. You can view my complete online profile here -Link-. Here is a link to my Youtube Channel -link-. Please feel free to contact my coach/s – email and phone number for your high school and/or club team coach/s. Here is my schedule:
Port Orange Florida
Port Orange SC Invitational
I will be following up this email with a phone call. I look forward to hearing back from you and learning more about your college soccer program.
Email, cell phone, address
Create and use a Checklist Before You Send Your Email
Have a professional looking-sounding email address – Creating a new Gmail account is free; you really have no excuse for emailing a coach using your firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Make it something very simple with just your name and graduating class JaneDoe2015@gmail.com.
The title needs to make the coach want to open your email – So a good suggestion would be to include your full name, field position and graduating class in the email. Coaches really do like being able to tell what the email is about before even opening it.
Do your homework on the team. For example you should be aware of things like if there is another soccer player from your hometown on the roster, how many other players are there in your position, the team’s record and their background.
Find the coach’s email and phone number – There are many ways to get a coaches email address. The fastest way would be to go to that college athletic website and look in the staff directory.
Spell Check and use proper grammar, this is NOT an option! This is not the time to use “text speak”. Have a few people read the email before you send it.