What Does a FirstPoint USA Soccer Scholarship Trial Look Like?

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With the new football season firmly underway, our specialist FirstPoint USA soccer scholarship trial events are back and better than ever across the UK and Ireland. Providing a gateway to the beginning of an exciting soccer scholarship journey, our soccer trials are the perfect opportunity for you to put yourself in the spotlight and showcase your skills in the hope of securing a playing contract over in the United States.

The Trial Event:

Our inclusive football trial events are carefully planned and coached to allow young sportsmen and women of all levels of ability to exhibit their athletic talent and skills to our highly experienced scouting teams and provide an open platform to learn more about the life-changing opportunities that a college scholarship in the US can offer. As a student-athlete in America, you’ll have access to some of the very best educational and athletic facilities on the planet and enjoy one of the most unique experiences that come along with being a full-time student-athlete.

The Format:

The trial is made up of various stages, all of which have been designed to maximise the value you gain from the time spent with our UEFA-licensed coaching and admissions team.

A typical soccer trial format will look something like this:

  • An introductory presentation delivered by our specialist sports consultancy team, designed to inform you of the vast opportunities that present themselves to US college athletes both on and off the pitch.
  • The presentation will then be followed by a warm-up session and introduction to the format of the trial, including each of the skill-based drills, physical assessments, and how you’ll be coached throughout the event.
  • Next, you’ll take part in our professionally planned position-specific drills with our dedicated coaching team, designed to not only evaluate your skills and ability relative to the position you play but also to provide education and feedback on how you can improve certain aspects of your game to continue developing as a player.
  • You’ll then re-join the rest of the group for a set of small-sided games to assess your individual ability on the pitch during a real-time game simulation, and also to evaluate how you operate as a team player, for things like off-ball movement, communication, work ethic and your willingness to work towards the collective makeup of the team.
  • Finally, you’ll receive feedback as part of our review process, detailing how you performed on the day and how we evaluate your suitability to potentially move forward in the scholarship process.


On the day of the event, you will have the chance to ask questions and talk to some of our experienced former student-athletes about their own time over in the States to get a feel for what a typical day in the life would be like on campus. Our specialist sports consultants will also conduct a short presentation for you and your parents to explore the finer details of being a student-athlete at a US college or university and what it truly means to be an ambassador for both the men’s and women’s sports community at that institution.

Upcoming Trial Events:

The next round of our soccer scholarship trials is about to kick off, with seven exciting locations now open to registration.

- Venue: Manchester – The Armitage Centre
Date & Time: Monday, 24th October 2022 (2pm BST)

- Venue: Sheffield – Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park
Date & Time: Tuesday, 25th October 2022 (2pm BST)

- Venue: Midlands – Alan Higgs Centre
Date & Time: Wednesday, 26th October 2022 (2pm BST)

- Venue: London (East) – Parkside Aveley FC
Date & Time: Thursday, 27th October 2022 (2pm BST)

- Venue: London (West) – Imperial College Sports Ground
Date & Time: Friday, 28th October 2022

- Venue: Glasgow – Broadwood Stadium
Date & Time: Monday, 31st October (2pm GMT)

- Venue: Dublin – National Sports Campus (Indoor)
Date & Time: Wednesday, 2nd November (12:30pm GMT)

Securing a soccer scholarship with FirstPoint USA

As the world’s leading sports scholarship consultancy, we have over 20 years of experience in recruiting and placing soccer players in some of the top programs in the United States, and through close-working strategic partnerships, our vast international scouting network is perfectly equipped to onboard the very best talent.

With notable FirstPoint USA alum spread throughout world football, including at the likes of LA Galaxy, Rangers FC, and various other clubs within the EFL, SPFL, MLS, and more, a soccer scholarship is the first step to carving out your dream career in the sport.

FirstPoint USA has a dedicated team of specialist talent management consultants who have assisted thousands of young athletes to propel their athletic and academic careers through successful partnerships with top U.S institutions. In addition to this, we also have robust processes and support tools in place to help you understand the intricacies of your scholarship options, so we’re with you every step of the way.

For more information on the life-changing opportunities for young men and women that a soccer scholarship in the USA can provide, why not register your details and apply now?

FirstPoint USA is an international scouting service, providing recruitment services to hundreds of NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA member institutions seeking to identify the very best in overseas talent, both male and female.

The company was founded in 2001 by former University of Cincinnati All-American and Hall of Fame inductee, Andrew Kean, and evaluates over 100,000 prospective student-athletes, competing in over 20 different sports, across 187 countries each year.

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