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Agony Al on Amateur Status and Eligibility
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It's that time of the week again! This week, a FirstPoint USA client asked us about their eligibility for a U.S scholarship if they were to sign semi-pro with a team before going out. We knew there was only one man worthy of answering such an important question, so, over to Al: Dear Al, I have been offered a semi pro contract for this season, could i still go to the states if i sign it? Please help! Anon My anonymous friend, We'd all love to start living the high-life of a semi-pro football player...but unfortunately, you've just got to play by the NCAA rules, which specify that students are no longer eligible to play in their college team if they've ever been semi-pro or pro. So in a word, no, you'll need to sign as an amateur to remain eligible for a scholarship to the USA. C'est la vie! You're welcome, Al