HOW TO BECOME A PRO WHEN GRADUATING COLLEGE SOCCER?
In the United States, there are ultimately three paths to pro; being drafted directly out of college, attending open tryouts hosted by clubs, or attending professional combines held by outside agencies. Unfortunately only about 1% of players get drafted professionally while the rest of the players begin the long road and process to the professional game. Players who were named in the draft but not chosen will be forgotten. Take a look at this table below:
Note: this table represents ONLY NCAA players. So only 6 of the 81 players also represented: NAIA, NCCAA, Junior College and Community college players.
So what is the next step? As common sense one would think to join a semi-professional team and move up the ranks! Prove yourself at one level and you’re bound to move forward! Unfortunately players begin to see how “semi-professional leagues” in the United States prove to be a vicious whirlpool. No promotion. No relegation. No progression. Players find themselves stuck. With this in mind, to play at a true semi-professional level and move up the ranks, it is very important to play overseas. This allows you to prove yourself at one level to play at the next. With so many professional leagues across the world, challenging yourself overseas is a necessity.