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How do you get a football scholarship in America?

Women’s soccer has been hugely popular for a long while, which is no surprise given the amount of success their women’s national teal have had in recent years. As a result of the popularity of women’s soccer, it is a really attractive option for many talented student-athletes not only in America but worldwide. Naturally this means competition for places can be extremely high, which is why using a recruitment consultancy like U.S Sports Scholarships can give you a real advantage. To increase your chances of securing the best football scholarship possible it is also important that you have strong football and academic credentials. Key elements of the process that can impact how successful you are in securing a scholarship include; your academic qualifications, entrance exam scores, playing history and football match highlights. If the idea of playing and studying in America is of interest please complete our free online application now.


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Number of women’s college soccer scholarships by division level

Division Level Number of Schools Max Scholarships per School Average Roster Size
NCAA D1 333 14 28
NCAA D2 265 9.9 27
NCAA D3 441 N/A 25
NAIA 188 12 25
NJCAA 181 18 19

Top Frequently Asked Questions About Women’s Soccer Scholarships

 Below we have given you the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about securing a women’s football scholarship in America.

1. What is an U.S athletic football scholarship?

An athletic women’s soccer scholarship or football scholarship is a form of scholarship to attend a U.S college or university awarded to a female student-athlete based on their academic and athletic capabilities. A women’s soccer scholarship can cover anywhere between 0-100% of costs and these offers are authorised by the coaches at American universities.

2. What determines how much scholarship I get in the USA?

Your overall scholarship will depend on many factors including your playing ability and academic standing, as well as your coaches assigned budget for the season. However, don’t worry it is our job to ensure that we find you an American college which best suits your preferences and capabilities. If, for example, a university costs $50,000 a year all in and the coach is giving you a scholarship worth $42,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $8,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the field and in the classroom, then the women’s soccer coach can reward you with a scholarship increase and cover any costs that you had been contributing towards.

3. What is the average women’s college scholarship?

Full ride soccer scholarships are often spoken about but earning a full scholarship is rare especially as a freshman student athlete. Only certain schools and college divisions (NCAA schools and NAIA schools) offer athletic scholarships and those that do are limited. Athletes receive scholarships for their academic profile first and foremost based on grades and entrance exam scores and then a coach can award athletic scholarships, these combined make up your overall scholarship amount with the remaining costs being your contribution. Student athletes interested in learning more about this and college scholarships do let us know.

4. Do women’s soccer teams offer full scholarships?

The level of scholarship granted is fundamentally dependent on what the coach of the American college wants to offer. A 100% scholarship or ‘full ride’ covers the costs of tuition and fees, room and board, and textbooks, leaving only incidental costs to pay for the student-athlete. In this case, 100% of the costs are covered and it can be worth up to a staggering $400,000 over four years. At U.S Sports Scholarships, roughly one in every four of our athletes will receive a full scholarship.

5. Can a women’s soccer player go on to play professional in the NWSL after graduating from University?

National Women’s Soccer League teams do draft college players into their rosters after they have completed their University education and therefore for top level student-athletes playing in the NWSL is definitely a realistic opportunity; however, competition for places is understandably extremely competitive. That being said, at U.S Sports Scholarships we are firm believers that if you are good enough you will get picked up and playing at college in America for four years gives you the perfect platform to get spotted.

6. When does the US college football season take place?

Because soccer is regarded as a ‘fall sport’ this means that competition takes place between August and November time depending on how your team progresses in the regional / national tournament. Most players fly out for pre-season training at the start of August and then come home for during the Christmas break after the end of the Fall semester. Spring semester runs from January until May. During that time although it is regarded as off-season training and scrimmage matches still take place regularly.

7. College soccer scholarships USA age limit?

A lot of applicants worry that to play college soccer they have to be under a certain age, which isn’t the case, there are no set age limits. The most important thing from an eligibility perspective and therefore relating to academic scholarships and athletic scholarships is how long you have been out of education. At four year schools that compete in an NCAA division or NAIA division you are permitted a gap year after you finish full time education prior to starting to play college soccer and receive athletic scholarship.

8. How do I find out more about U.S Soccer Scholarships?

To find out more about the women’s soccer scholarship process, fill out our form and a U.S Sports Scholarships consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can register for one of our UK Football Trials where our expert team will deliver a detailed presentation that will provide you with information on the entire process and how we can help you with securing a soccer scholarship. If this is of interest please complete our free online application now.

“Coming into the process I wasn’t sure what to expect but U.S SS have gone above and beyond to make sure I ended up at the right school. They’ve been in constant contact throughout my collegiate career and are always super responsive. This experience has changed my life and I can’t thank them enough!”


“From day one the U.S SS team were great, helping guide me through the entire process and offering expert insight on the many universities that showed interest in me and made offers. and with my eventual transfer to Seton Hall – I am really enjoying my time and can’t wait for the upcoming season. Thanks to the team for all their work and continued support!”


“I highly recommend U.S Sports Scholarships. They worked hard to narrow down my options for different universities to ones which were suitable for me and have offered continuous support. Liam and his team are always available to answer any questions and stay in contact throughout your journey.”


Ellie was a client of ours back in 2015, when she joined NCAA D2 side Davis & Elkins. During her time there, Ellie was a standout performer with 62 starts and helping the team to the conference title in 2016; where they played in the national tournament.



We helped Hollie with her own search for a scholarship back in 2017, when she ended up joining NCAA D1 side Oakland in Michigan. During her time there with Oakland, Hollie was a standout performer playing in over 50 games for the Golden Grizzlies!



During Ellie’s 15 years involved with soccer she has played at the highest level including going out to Allen Community College in Kansas. Based in the South East of England Ellie loves working with the next generation of women’s soccer stars.


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What are the chances of getting a women’s soccer scholarship?

If you are a women’s soccer player aged between 15-22, in education or have been in the last 2 years and have a clean criminal record whilst playing at a competitive level, you are well positioned to become a successful U.S Sports Scholarships applicant. However, only the best young players will be considered for a soccer scholarship by coaches so ideally you will have played at an Academy, Centre of Excellence or have represented your County side.

Only the top athletes make it to the level of playing women’s soccer in college. During the 2016-2017 school year, there were about 388,339 high school women’s soccer players and about 38,873 college women’s soccer players. Of these college players, 1,155 were international recruits. This means that about 9.7% of U.S. high school women’s soccer players ended up competing in college across the Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA and junior college levels. Only about 2.3% of high school women’s soccer players went on to compete at the NCAA Division 1 level.

Colleges that can offer women’s soccer scholarships

Colleges at the NCAA D1, NCAA D2, NAIA and Junior College levels can all offer scholarships. How many scholarships are available at any given school depends on how many scholarships the coach has committed, whether they are a fully funded program, how the program likes to use their scholarship money and several other factors. Check out out information section for more information about each collegiate conference and our University Database for more information about specific schools.

A football scholarship (soccer) in America gives student-athletes the opportunity to play football whilst simultaneously working towards an internationally recognised university degree. By earning a football scholarship, you will receive a financial package that goes towards tuition fees, room and board and other relevant living costs. In return for this financial support, you will be expected to maintain the academic and athletic standards set by the University throughout your University career in order to retain your football scholarship. Along with top-level academics, American Universities can offer world-class match day stadia, state of the art training facilities and the best collegiate coaches in the world. To read some of the most FAQs we get regarding football scholarships in America please scroll to the bottom of this page. Most scholarships are one-year agreements that must be renewed each year. For most NCAA schools, a scholarship offer does not become official until a student-athlete signs the National Letter of Intent. Of course, student-athletes must first go through the recruiting process in order to secure a roster spot and get an athletic scholarship.

Why use a recruitment consultancy like U.S Sports Scholarships

U.S Sports Scholarships is like no other service provider in the world in that we only offer 50 places on our recruitment programme each year to ensure that every single player receives the necessary time and personal attention to take them through the complex process of finding a suitable school in America; helping them secure the best possible financial package. To help achieve this, each player is assigned their own designated representative who is with them every step of the way. If you think you have what it takes to play and study in the USA on a soccer / football scholarship, please complete our free online application now.

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