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INDEX SECTION ONE- GETTING STARTED -Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………….... My Experience………………………………………………………………………………... College in America……………………………………………………………………….…. -Getting Started………………………………………………………………………………………….. When to Start…………………………………………………………………………………. What to do before you apply………………………………………………………….. -SAT…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Tricks for the SAT……………………………………………………………………………. How good are you?......................................................................................... Standing out………………………………………………………………………………………………. Academics………………………………………………………………………………………………….. A Levels………………………………………………………………………………………….. Core Subjects…………………………………………………………………………………. What is your Degree Worth…………………………………………………...……… GPA- Grade Point Average…………………………………………………………………………. GPA Table Conversion……………………………………………………………………. GCSE’s……………………………………………………………………………………………. GCE’s……………………………………………………………………………………………… As/ A Levels……………………………………………………………………………………. BTEC………………………………………………………………………………………………. Transfer Students……….……………………………………………………………………………… Gap Years………………………………………………………………….………………………………..

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SECTION TWORECRUITMENT PROCESS and SCHOLARSHIPS DIY or Hiring a Recruiting Agency……………………………………………………………. What do Agencies Offer you? ……………………………………………………… Marketing Yourself………………………………………………………………………. Which College…………………………………………………………………………………………… Finances……………………………………………………………………………………….. State vs Private College………………………………………………………………… Exchange Rates…………………………………………………………………………….. How many Scholarships do Colleges Offer…………………………………….. Academic Scholarships………………………………………………………………….. Academics or Sport……………………………………………………………………….. Weather………………………………………………………………………………………… East Coast vs West Coast……………………………………………………………….. Location…………………………………………………………………………………………. Airports………………………………………………………………………………………….. Divisions……………………………………………………………………………………………………… What Division to Choose…………………………………………………………………. Ethnically Diverse Schools……………………………………………………………….. Soccer Stat………………………………………………………………………………………….. PING college guide…………………………………………………………………………… Amateurism………………………………………………………………………………………………… Marketing Yourself……………………………………………………………………………………… Video………………………………………………………………………………………………. Coaching Restrictions…………………………………………………………………………………. ‘Walk On’…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Eligibility Make sure your Eligible……………………………………………………………………. Eligibility House………………………………………………………………………………… Eligibility House Documents……………………………………………………………… Eligibility Centre- Graduation Proof…………………………………………………… Community College………………………………………………………………………………………… Travel to Visit…………………………………………………………………………………………………. Bartering For CASH…………………………………………………………………………………………. National Letter of Intent………………………………………………………………………………… Transfer…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Visa Time…………………………………………………………………….………………………………….. Embassy Interview………………………………………….………………………………….

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SECTION THREE ONCE YOU ARE IN COLLEGE College Life………………………………………………………………………………………………… Travel………………………………………………………………………………………………. Driving License………………………………………………………………………………… Bank Account………………………………………………………………………………….. Drinking Age……………………………………………………………………………………. Mobile Phone…………………………………………………………………………………. Social Security………………………………………………………………………………….. Living………………………………………………………………………………………………. Books………………………………………………………………………………………………. Laptop……………………………………………………………………………………………… Tests………………………………………………………………………………………………… Soccer……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Summer School…………………………………………………………………………………………… Holidays……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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SECTION FOUR STAYING IN AMERICA Staying in America after College…………………………………………………………………….…… OPT…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Turning Pro……………………………………………………………………………………………… Professional Soccer Tours In America………………………………………………………………..…… H1 Work Visa………………………………………………………………………………………………………. How to Apply……………………………………………………………………………………..…… Embassy Interview……………………………………………………………………………..…… P-1 Professional Sports Visa…………………………………………………………………………..…… How to Apply ……………………………………………………………………………………… Marriage Visa……………………………………………………………………………………………………… How to Apply……………………………………………………………………………..…………… Summary…………………………………………………………………………………………..…………………

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Introduction Thank you for downloading my guide to College Football/Soccer in America. This is the inside view from an ex student, helping you understand the process of getting to America and staying there, with an inside view that will give you the knowledge to get yourself a football scholarships. With tips and tricks I wish I had known before, and while I was there. This is an in-depth view to all your questions that nobody can seem to answer without you paying them. With this book I offer free impartial advice, so don’t hesitate to contact me. My Experience My experience was absolutely amazing, it was the stepping stone for me to get to a high enough level where I could turn professional and actually compete. I went to a Division two college called Belmont Abbey College; it is located in the small town of Belmont just outside of a big city called Charlotte. North Carolina is an absolutely beautiful place, having both mountains and the beach (east coast). So for me this was an ideal place to go to college. Many factors went into thinking where I should go to college as I will discuss later. After a lengthy process getting to the US, I couldn’t believe how good it was, living full time on campus, going to school while playing full time, and making lifelong friendships. For me, there was no comparison between going to college in America and staying in the UK. It helped me grow as a person and prepare me for professional life. I was on the team for all four years and captained it for the last two. I won numerous times with my team, reaching nationals twice, this being the highlight of my college career. So enough about me, let’s get your journey started.

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College in America Americans do it bigger and better, Simple! With Soccer getting more popular, the Americans are pouring money into the sport. With the internet kicking off and television coverage far better than ever before, people now realized they could travel to the states to play soccer from countries all around the world, with coaches knowing that soccer isn’t there national sport, they want to recruit from all over the globe. In recent times, the game is With so many people in the States, there are not only thousands of colleges to choose from, but the size of some colleges is vast, holding well over 50,000 students. These colleges are super competitive both academically and athletically. This is good news for you, because not only can you get a great degree out this by the end, but you will get to play some amazing teams and practice at some awesome facilities. This is the reason that I chose to go to America, there is very little that one can compare at British Universities to Colleges out there; when it comes to sport they just love it. Thus they pump far more cash and time into trying to make you the best you can be at your sport. For example, if you are an American football player at college, you are usually a superstar. Penn State has an average attendance of well over 100,000 people for a game, that is bigger than Wembley and it is just a college game. There are TV and news crews trying to get as much coverage as possible of you and people recognize you everywhere, this is even the case for soccer, but not on such a high level. People will watch you play just to support and see your skills put to the test, it’s just unreal. Now be warned this is not always the easiest process but one that is well worth it for the experience, lifelong lessons and the memories. So let’s get started.

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Getting started So when so you start? It is never too early to start the process of getting to college in America. Coaches will be looking at prospects as young as 14, to see how they develop as a player. There are though big restrictions on contact allowed between players and coaches, I will discuss this later. Because of these restrictions, coaches are generally going to try and talk to you about 18 months to a year before you are due to go out there. They will then try to get you signed up by the April before you leave, so about 4 months before hand. The earlier you get the process started the better you are going to be able to know the coaches, the systems and more about the college, and vice versa. The better the coach knows you and be more inclined they will be to want to sign you. On top of this the earlier you get the process started the earlier you will be able to go for visits to prospective colleges. It also gives you time to get all the paperwork done and choose the college that is right for you. I would suggest if you are 15 or older, get on the case now as you will be amazed how long the process takes, particularly with visas.

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Things to do before you start applying. There are a few things you are going to have to do before you even start the process of applying. For example, GCSE’s and your SAT exam. We will come to GCSE grades in a moment as they link in closely with many other subjects. Firstly you have to do your SAT.

THE SAT The SAT is a standardized test that all students graduating high school have to take before applying for college. It is a way to grade a student in three areas. These are Math’s, Critical Reading and Writing. Scores range from 600 to 2400. The SAT is run by a nonprofit organization and cost £60 to take. It takes about 4 hours to complete, but in my experience it can take up to six hours. This test is very important, you can even apply to college without it and with bad results you will limit yourself to what college you are able to choose. The higher the score the more choice you will have and the more academic scholarship money you can gain. So make sure you do it early and you study hard for it! Tricks for the test You can sit the test more than once, but I would advise on not doing it more than three times, as colleges can look negatively upon this. I would advise buying a practice book, as the style of questions, and the layout of questions can be very different from the English format. In these books it will not only test you, but give examples of what the examiners are looking for. Secondly, the more questions you look at in these test guides, the more likely you will be to see the same questions, as it is very common for them to put in similar, and sometimes the same questions in the test as in practice guides. Study hard for this test as you don’t want to limit which colleges you are able to go too. Now you have done your SAT you are going to begin looking at colleges which suits your criteria. Below are things you will have to consider before making your choices.

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