Getting Started

A recruiting timeline during High School.


  • Attend High School orientation
  • Set four year Academic Plan with your high school counselor
  • Start a college folder with Montclair Soccer Club (MONTCLAIR) staff members
  • Set academic goals with family
  • Set soccer achievements for yourself
  • Wish List of college you would to attend
  • Be apart of school activities (i.e. student government, club…)
  • Community service opportunities


  • Set Academic Plan for school year with counselor (Review & Revise)
  • Review grades and goals with parents
  • Start listing 20 schools you are interested in
  • Add to your MONTCLAIR file a contact lists (include school, coaches name, e-mail)
  • Attend “College Night” at high school functions
  • Sign up for PSAT
  • MONTCLAIR team going to College Showcases
  • Meet with your MONTCLAIR Coach or Director of Coaching with your parents to go over plan
  • Start gathering information to write your cover letter, and resume
  • Your MONTCLAIR folders starting to fill up with information
  • Continue to visit college campuses
  • Focus on Grades!
  • Review NCAA College-Bound Student-Athlete Guide


  • Review & Revise your four year Academic Plan with high School counselor
  • Have your MONTCLAIR college folder ready to use at all time
  • Visit college nights and college fairs
  • Verify SAT registration deadlines with high school counselor
  • Get letters of recommendation
  • Complete your Cover letter and Resume with MONTCLAIR Coach
  • Visit colleges to find size and climate you preferred
  • Take SAT and ACT
  • Attend Financial Aid workshop
  • Start NCAA Clearinghouse Application
  • Take AP Classes or Honor Classes if possible
  • Have your top 10 preferred college list
  • Review college applications for admittance with your counselor
  • Your MONTCLAIR team is competing in College Showcase Tournaments
  • Really focus on your Grades “Demand Excellence”
  • Beware of Scholarship Scams


  • Apply to the University of Choice (Sept., Oct., Nov.)
  • Finalize application essay topics
  • Finalize your recommendation letters
  • Review application essay with parents and teachers for proofing
  • Get Financial Aid forms on Jan. 1st
  • Meet all application/ scholarship/ housing deadlines
  • Parents and student meet with school counselor to finalize transcripts
  • If necessary re-take SAT and ACT (last date in Dec.)
  • Send Mid-Year & Final Transcripts for Clearinghouse
  • Meet with MONTCLAIR Coach, Assistant Director or Director of Coaching for assistance
  • Follow up on all letters written to college coaches
  • Have a strong soccer season
  • Take recruiting visits
  • Send final transcripts to the University you have accepted
  • Attend Financial Aid meeting

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  • National Soccer Coaches Association Of America
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