Your Action Between the Action

The following article is from Amplified Soccer Athlete magazine - September Issue. The September Issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete is dedicated to celebrating college soccer because it is an experience that cannot be matched by any other. The thankless hours that coaches and athletes put into their careers should be recognized and commended. We hope you enjoy this issue and take something from it, especially if you are considering taking your game to the collegiate level.  Subscribe Today


Competitive Fire - Discipline - Self-Belief - Athleticism - Strong Mentality - Desire to Compete at the Highest Level - Coachability - Technical Ability Under Pressure - Soccer-Specific Fitness - High Soccer IQ - Quality with the Ball - Ball Striking - Leadership - Internal Drive - Work Ethic - Ability to Compete with Self - Speed of Decision Making.

After polling several of our top college coach friends from UCLA, KU, UW, Florida, UNC and Oregon, these are some of the key attributes they believe top collegiate athletes need to have in order to be successful at their level.  

When you look at these words, do you feel any of them describe you as a player or person? Do you have more than one of these attributes? Do you notice that not all of them have to do with your playing ability? Listen to Coach Burleigh's words below on what she looks for when identifying potential recruits. 

We try to watch the action between the action
— Becky Burleigh, Head Women's Soccer Coach - University of Florida

Mistakes happen, but when they do, how do you react? This is something you should pay attention to the next time you play. Coaches are looking for players who cannot only play good soccer, but have leadership qualities on and off the field. What does your body language say about you?

Playing soccer in college is an amazing opportunity that only a few athletes get to experience across the country. No matter what level you play at, this experience will shape you for the rest of your life. Florida Gator standouts Claire Falknor and Christen Westphal share advice for young athletes aspiring to play top college soccer. 

The best players are the people that actually love the sport.
— Claire Falknor, Centerback - University of Florida
Never lose your passion for the game.
— Christen Westphal, Defender/Midfielder, University of Florida

Why do you play the game? Is someone telling you to, are you just good at it, or do you love it? Think about your "why" before making the commitment. Playing soccer in college at any level can be like having a full time job on top of all the course work you will be responsible as a student-athlete. If it's something you love, it will probably not seem like a job, but if you're doing it for the wrong reasons, you could be in for a long four years ahead. 

The September Issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete is dedicated to celebrating college soccer because it is an experience that cannot be matched by any other. The thankless hours that coaches and athletes put into their careers should be recognized and commended. We hope you enjoy this issue and take something from it, especially if you are considering taking your game to the collegiate level. 

...and just for fun, Falknor demonstrates the clapping push-up in slow-motion in the clip below. Claire is the type of athlete that embodies many of the traits discussed at the beginning of this article and will be the reason that she has a bright future ahead of her.