Securing a women's soccer scholarship is an incredible opportunity for a student-athlete to finance their education while continuing to play the sport they love. College soccer scholarships are given to elite athletes who have demonstrated that they have the potential to compete at the highest level, and they can cover a big part-or all-of a student-athlete's tuition. However, most scholarships are one-year agreements that must be renewed each year, and for NCAA universities, a scholarship offer does not become official until a student-athlete signs the National Letter of Intent (NLI).
To date, we've sent over 35,000 young men and women to the US. Securing over £300 million in scholarship awards and finding a place for every single qualifying applicant.
Every year, thousands of student-athletes and their families come face-to-face with the difficult challenge of securing a scholarship to an American university. What they often discover is that navigating university options is stressful enough, and adding sports into the mix brings it to a whole new level.
Even for those who do a little recruiting homework, they are often left with more questions, very few simple answers and an uneasy feeling they are somehow falling behind.
At FirstPoint, we understand what you’re going through. Many of us have experienced first-hand what the scholarship recruiting experience is like—as players and as coaches. And that experience, combined with our advanced online technology, expansive college coach network and proven recruiting methods, helps thousands of student-athletes and their families take control of their recruiting experience.
Whether you are a first-year high school student or a national ranked athlete, FirstPoint helps take the stress of uncertainty out of your scholarship journey by putting a plan in place to help you find your best university options in the USA.
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I couldn't be happier with my experience working with Firstpoint USA. Having just graduated from university in South Carolina, I am so grateful for the life changing experience and opportunities that have been available to me as an NCAA DI student athlete. None of which would have been possible without the expertise and knowledge of the staff at Firstpoint USA. Would highly recommend FPUSA to anyone thinking about going to university in the USA
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are athletic scholarships available for women's soccer at the NCAA DI and DII levels, as well as at NAIA schools and junior colleges.
In 2019, approximately 1,571 colleges sponsored women’s soccer teams. Here’s how the numbers look for the major division levels:
- NCAA Division I has 333 colleges offering 13 Scholarships per team and an average roster size of 28
- NCAA Division II has 265 colleges offering 9.9 Scholarships per team and an average roster size of 27.
- NCAA Division III has 441 colleges with athletic scholarships per team and an average roster size of 25.
- NAIA has 188 colleges offering 12 Scholarships per team and an average roster size of 25.
- Junior College has 181 colleges offering 18 Scholarships per team and an average roster size of 19.
Many families ask how much the average women's college soccer scholarship is. Unfortunately, that's pretty difficult to pinpoint. Women's soccer is an equivalency sport, meaning that coaches are not required to give out full scholarships to their athletes and can instead break them up however they want. So, for a D1 team with 28 roster spots, a coach could give out 14 full-ride scholarships, or 28 scholarships that cover half the tuition.
Additionally, the cost of tuition at each college and university is going to vary. An in-state student at a public university could pay close to $10,000 a year, while an out-of-state student at a private university could pay $60,000 a year. Trying to find an average women's college scholarship amount doesn't account for those differences in tuition. Furthermore, not all athletes receive scholarships all four years of their college women's soccer career. Instead of trying to determine what the average scholarship amount is, we recommend families first figure out how much they are willing to pay for four years of college. Then, while going through the recruiting process, student-athletes can compare offers based on their family's expected contribution-the amount they will pay out of pocket after factoring in all scholarship dollars.
Yes, DII schools can offer full-ride soccer scholarships. However, because women's soccer is deemed an equivalency sport by the NCAA, colleges are not required to give out full rides. It's up to the coach to determine how much money they want to give to each athlete on the team.
While DIII colleges don't offer athletic scholarships, most DIII athletes do receive other forms of financial aid. Student-athletes interested in competing at a DIII school shouldn't let the lack of soccer scholarships deter them. For those who have good grades and test scores, there's a good chance they'll qualify for an academic scholarship. Student-athletes who have been involved in extracurricular activities and their community may be able to find a merit-based scholarship. Families can also take advantage of need-based financial aid, which is awarded based on factors like household income.
The bottom line is that soccer scholarships aren't the only way to pay for college. There are many other forms of scholarships out there, and if a DIII program wants someone on their team, they can be extremely helpful in finding scholarship money from other sources.