Your soccer resume is an important tool to help in the recruiting process especially at the D3 level. Once you hit your freshman year in high school, it is time to start building one. Like any resume, it is going to get refined year after year as you gain more experience on both the academic side and athletic side of your career.
However, an important consideration is that the only relevant information you want to include is what you have done since high school. Your resume should not be overly long with info about your U12 All-Star Team that won the Turkey Day Shoot Out Tournament where you were the tournament’s leading scorer and voted MVP, because that info is just not relevant. What information should you include? The list is below. It doesn’t have to be in this order, just make sure it makes sense, is easy to read, and flows well.
Contact Info/Picture– First you need to include your contact information. This should include your name, address, and email address. You should also include your phone number—this could be your home phone or your cell phone. Keep in mind if you put down your cell phone, be prepared to get calls from coaches on your cell phone.
People in general also like to make connections, so it is also helpful to include a picture of yourself. A recent head shot will suffice- something that a coach can recognize you when they see you in person. A picture of you and your friends on the beach—post that on Facebook.
References– One of the limitations of D3 recruiting is that D3 coaches don’t always get to see players from outside of the immediate geographic area play in person. In these instances it is very helpful to get feedback from coaches who have worked with you in the past and know your strengths and weaknesses as a player as well as your personality. These should be coaches that have coached in the recent past (freshman year in high school and later) and not your U12 travel coach. Include the coach’s email and phone number as well as which team he/she coached you.
Playing Experience– List those teams you have played on during your high school years. This can include hig school teams, club teams, ODP teams and so forth. If you played as a guest player with other club teams or made regional or national pool teams, then list those as well too.
Athletic Achievements– Include any awards you may have won during your high school career. This could be with any team you played for during your high school career. Either club or high school. List any All Conference, All District, All State, All America, team awards, or academics awards and so forth. Again, make sure that these are from your high school years, not the U10 Leading Goal Scorer Award.
You can also list any other sports that you may have participated in during your high school career. Basketball, track, lacrosse, and ice hockey all show your athleticism that makes you attractive to D3 coaches.
Academics– Most importantly at the D3 level is academics. GPA, SAT/ACT scores and AP/Honors courses should all be listed. You should also include your academic interests for college (i.e. what do you plan on majoring in). If you have your heart set on one specific major, then list it. If you have a couple of ideas, even if they are not related (i.e. Business, Nursing, Graphic Design), then list them . If you have absolutely no idea at all, then put “undecided”.
The more information you can provide a coach, the easier it is for them to get a better picture of who you are and if you are a good match for their school. This benefits both you and the coach because if they don’t have the field of study you are looking for, both parties are better suited putting their energies elsewhere. Be sure to put some thought into it when building your resume.
Below is a sample resume we put together for US Men’s National Team player Clint Dempesy. Take a look at his sample resume to get an idea on how to build yours.
The bottom line is this—your soccer resume is an important tool to help you in the recruiting process. In the information overload that we get on a daily basis, you want the information in your resume to be relevant to the discussions you are going to have with college coaches. Be clear, concise, and to the point with information from your freshman year in high school and later.
Questions? Comments? Drop us a line at email@example.com.