Questions & Answers
Read on for answers to the most important questions
Are soccer scholarships available to one and all?
There are only a limited number of scholarships – so the more you up your game, the better your chances. In the NCAA, on average, 9-10 scholarships are awarded per team annually; in the NAIA, the average is 12.
Players who have already signed a professional contract are not allowed to play at a college. Equally, to study at an American college you must first pass your SAT test, the results of which will determine which association you’re eligible to play for.
The SAT is a three-part test: reading, mathematics and writing. This English-language test is obligatory for all students wanting to study at American universities.
Peak Scholars will provide you with the necessary textbooks for the test. We’ll help you prepare properly for the exam, making sure you obtain the best possible results.
Is there any chance of me securing a full ride scholarship (100% of all fees and expenses)?
First and foremost, that depends on which division you ultimately enter. To get a full ride scholarship at a NCAA D1 college, you generally have to play in the Oberliga (“Fourth Division”) or in the U19 Bundesliga. But your career history as a soccer player is not the only determining factor – the filmed material shot at your Assessment Day plays a major role too. We’ll edit this into a personal highlights video designed to show coaches what a valuable player you are. The better the video, the better your chances of getting a generous scholarship.
What are the maximum and minimum ages?
To be entitled to start playing in an American college, you must be between 16 and 25, and be in no more than your third semester out of six.
A good time to focus on your studies would be directly after your high school diploma or vocational diploma, as this puts you in a position to receive a four-year scholarship. We should also mention that the best time to join forces with Peak Scholars is one year prior to your high school diploma. This gives us and the coaches the opportunity to work with you and make sure you’re fully prepared for your time abroad.
What academic requirements will I have to meet?
To be accepted by an American university you will, as already established, need a high school diploma or vocational diploma. However, that on its own is not enough. All international students, both present ad prospective, will have to pass the TOEFL test (Test of English as a foreign language) – even if they have already attended an American high school. For colleges placing teams in NCAA Division I or II, the SAT test is a basic requirement. Both tests are designed to assess your knowledge of English, although the SAT test also evaluates your understanding of mathematics. It is also worth pointing out that the better your diploma grades, the easier we will find it to place you at a university. With really good grades, you might even be able to obtain an academic scholarship on top of your soccer scholarship – making you twice as interesting to coaches!
How does the season break down?
In America, soccer is one of the sports played during the fall semester – in other words, from August to December. Preparation for the season generally begins in July, and at this stage three training sessions a day would not be unusual. This is then reduced to one to two sessions daily. It is therefore extremely advantageous to keep yourself fit during the off season from January to June. The conference games start in August, with the winner of each respective conference qualifying for the playoffs. The rest of the season operates on the knockout principle, building up to the National Championship Game in December.