College Coaches have strict restrictions about who and when they can make initial contact with players, therefore, you should be introducing yourself to coaches from colleges you are interested in attending. NCAA coaches cannot initiate conversations before a player’s junior year in High School, but they can respond if you contact them first. 

Email is a great way to introduce yourself and allows more people to know who you are. Your email should let the coach know that you have researched their program, have the potential to be a college athlete, and give them a schedule of where they can watch you. 


Coaches are looking for emails to include the following:

  • Player’s name

  • Name of club team

  • Name of high school

  • GPA

  • Graduation date

  • Projected major

  • Upcoming schedule (tournaments, academy games, etc.)

  • Coach references with contact information

  • Resume (separate document)


  • Have a Professional Email Address - Make it simple by including your name and graduation class. Not soccerballer123@aol.com.

  • Subject Line - The subject needs to catch their attention and make them want to open it. Include your name, position, and graduating class.

  • Personalize each email - A coach will delete a generic email without reading the email as they receive a lot of these emails every day. If you cannot take time to personalize your email, they won't make time for you. Changing the name of the school and coach does not count as a personalized email - you must show you have researched the school and the team. Easy tip – Use “Dear Coach Jones” versus “Dear Coach.”

  • Include Contact Information for your Current Coaches - This will allow your STA or High School coach to act as a player reference for you. Also, they will be able to let your coach know that they are interested in you as a player and when a good time for you to contact them is. 

  • Upcoming Playing Schedule - Let the coach know where you will be competing so that they can watch you in person. Coaches will attend tournaments and showcases with a pre-determined list of players that they will be watching so make sure your name is on these lists so that they can come and watch you.

  • Research - You should know if they currently have players on your roster from your hometown or club, how many upperclassmen are there in your position, their division and league, and their previous record.

  • Spell Check - Everything should be spelled correctly and use the correct grammar. Make sure you spell the coaches name correctly. 

  • Follow Up - Coaches are very busy, be respectful of their time and numerous emails they will receive. Follow up with a phone call or email. You should email them before and after each showcase event and college ID camp.


The resume should include:

  • Personal information – name, height, weight, birth date, state, town, school, soccer team

  • Contact information – address, email, phone (home and mobile)

  • Academic – GPA, class rank, PSAT or SAT/ACT scores, clubs, community service, awards/honors

  • Athletics – soccer info for PSA (include uniform colors, jersey number, position, coach’s name and contact information, DOC’s name and contact information), high school, ODP (if applicable), awards

  • Other sports experience

  • References – include name, phone (home and mobile), email, mailing address

Note: Photos are not necessary and you want to make sure that the resume can be easily emailed.

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