Student athletes who are looking to participate in college sports in the United States must meet certain requirements set forth by each governing body of college sports including the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. All three governing bodies of college soccer have specific rules for eligibility. If a student becomes ineligible they will no longer be able to continue to compete in collegiate athletics until the issue is resolved.
These rules are set out to ensure that student athletes meet the academic requirements set out and they are complicit with the rules on Amateurism.
If an athlete has been paid to play, signed a professional contract or had an agent it is unlikely he or she can participate in College sports. In saying that, players who have signed youth contracts or amateur contacts are still eligible to play at the college level. College athletes are strictly amateur and any payment above travel expenses and equipment for competition would be considered breaking the rules of amateurism. Should these rules be broken there are penalties that will be imposed.
The most important thing to realize is that you will be a STUDENT-Athlete. Colleges will not accept student athletes who do not meet the academic standards set for by their institution, regardless of your ability on the field.
All three governing bodies of college sports have their own specific academic requirements to become eligible to play. They are outlined below, please note that these are the minimum requirements to be considered eligible to play, obtaining these minimums does not guarantee you will be
accepted to your chosen school as they may have higher academic standards.
Graduate from High School
Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses
Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course
grade-point average and test score sliding scale (for example, a 2.400
core-course grade-point average needs an 860 SAT). The course work is listed below
- Complete 16 Core Courses: They are:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of mathematics (algebra 1 or higher)
- 2 years of natural or physical science (one year must be a lab science)
- 1 extra year of English, Math, or Science
- 2 years of social science
4 years of extra core courses (can be from foreign language, philosophy, no doctrinal religion, or any of the categories above)
Division 2Graduate from High School Earn a 2.00 GPA or better in core courses Earn a combined SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68
- Graduate from high school;
- Complete these 14 core courses:
- 3 years of English
- 2 years of math (algebra 1 or higher)
- 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
- 2 extra years of English, math or natural or physical science
- 2 years of social science
- 3 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, no doctrinal religion or philosophy);
- Earn a 2.000 grade-point average or better in your core courses; and
- Earn a combined SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
Division 3There are no athletic Scholarships available at this level only academic. Division 3 still requires all the rules regarding amateurism. There is no clearinghouse at this level. Students would have to contact the school directly regarding admission.
NAIAAthletes looking to participate in the NAIA must have graduated high school or be accepted as a regular student or is currently in good standing being on track to graduation. They must also meet two of the three following requirements: Achieve a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT Achieve a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0 Graduate in the top half of your high school class If you do not meet 2 of the 3 requirements, you will not be allowed to participate in athletics for the first full year of attendance NAIA Clearinghouse http://www.playnaia.org/
NJCAAEach NCJAA institution has its own standards for accepting students. NJCAA are only allowed 4 international player on their roster. Students will need to contact these schools directly to find the admission requirements. Athletes who reaches their 21st birthday prior to August 1st will have one year of eligibility remaining. Students who reaches his/her 22nd birthday prior to August 1 will have no eligibility.
Each athlete must be cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse to participate in NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 sports. http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp