Where to Follow College Soccer

Where to Follow College Soccer

More than 75,000 student-athletes play soccer on nearly 3,000 teams at the college level. It is the second largest college sport, trailing only football, in terms of the number of athletes participating annually. With college soccer almost in full swing, we wanted to provide a look at the resources available online to help you get the most out of the season.

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Ray Reid – Recruiting and Developing College to Pro Athletes

Ray Reid – Recruiting and Developing College to Pro Athletes

University of Connecticut Head Coach Ray Reid has established himself as one of the most successful active head coaches among all NCAA Division I college soccer coaches. This past fall, he finished his 19th season as head coach of the UConn Men's Soccer program and his 27th year as a collegiate head coach. During this time, Reid had earned a reputation as one of college soccer’s legendary leaders on and off the field.

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Makings of a Champion

Makings of a Champion

It was not an easy path, but thorough years of training, honing my soccer skills and total preparation in the soccer recruiting process the first step in achieving my dreams started with my acceptance to the Division I soccer program at University of Virginia.  

During my first few days on campus, I knew that I had to make the most of this unbelievable opportunity. It was going to be a privilege to play for one of the best college soccer programs in the country, and I wasn’t going to waste these next four years. 

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FSU Coach Mark Krikorian Shares Thoughts on How Players Stand Out

FSU Coach Mark Krikorian Shares Thoughts on How Players Stand Out

Florida State’s national champion women’s soccer coach Mark Krikorian was pretty certain that Kristin Grubka had what it took to play at the next level.

“She was always consistent,” said Krikorian, who led FSU to the 2014 NCAA Division I women’s title and the last four College Cups as well as seven College Cups in his first 10 years. 

“Sure [Grubka] had size, but she never took plays off.  She is a winner and she is selfless.  We could see that when we watched her and we knew she would help us win at Florida State.”

Based on his track record, it’s clear Coach Krikorian knows what to look for and he shared some of his tips for young soccer players who aspire to play at the next level.

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5 Tips To Make The Transition To College Soccer EASY

5 Tips To Make The Transition To College Soccer EASY

A new school, new people, and all new surroundings are what you will encounter that first day you step on your college campus. So many emotions are running through your head and the anticipation of preseason is unbearable.  You move into the dorm, meet your roommate; hug your parents goodbye. At that moment, the realization of being away from home and officially being a college student begins to sink in. The next four years are going to be exciting and fun, but not to be unaccompanied with some difficult times. College is a time when you are trying to form your own identity. You're working to figure out what you're passionate about, what motivates you, what classes interest you the most; all while trying to figure out the formula to becoming the best student-athlete you can be. Finding the solution to this formula is no easy feat, and I have personally seen many teammates struggle with balancing it all. 

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Differences Between College and Pro Training

Differences Between College and Pro Training

To say the least, Randy Waldrum and Schellas Hyndman are two of the most successful coaches in US soccer history and know a thing or two about what it takes to play at both the college and professional level. We caught up with these legendary coaches to discuss the differences between playing and training collegiate and professional soccer.

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Your Action Between the Action

Your Action Between the Action

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.  

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Why You Should Care About College Soccer

Why You Should Care About College Soccer

More than 75,000 student-athletes play soccer on nearly 3,000 teams at the college level. It is the second largest college sport, trailing only football, in terms of the number of athletes participating annually, making it an integral part of not only soccer in the United States but also college athletics in general. As soccer has grown overall from a fan and media standpoint the attention to college soccer within the college sports community has grown as well. Finding college soccer on TV or online has never been easier with ESPN3, Big Ten Network, SEC Network and PAC-12 being just a few of the broadcasters covering the sport. Additionally, most large schools are now covering all of their games online and on local sports networks.

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How to Get Recruited with Quincy Amarikwa and Ross LaBauex

How to Get Recruited with Quincy Amarikwa and Ross LaBauex

Chicago Fire forward, Quincy Amarikwa, and former Colorado Rapids and Rochester Rhinos midfielder, Ross LaBauex join us to discuss the college recruiting process. Together Quincy and Ross wrote “The Ultimate College Soccer Recruiting Blueprint” and co-founded PerfectSoccerRecruit.com, making them the perfect guests for this hangout. 

Send your questions to Quincy, Ross, or Amplified Soccer on Twitter using the hashtag #SoccerRecruit and we will answer as many as we can at the end of the show.

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Civana Kuhlmann, a new 99er

Civana Kuhlmann, a new 99er

The United States last won the World Cup in 1999, July 10th to be exact, in a penalty shoot-out with China. Civana Kuhlmann, a member of the U.S. Under 17 Women’s National Team, was a few days less than 3 months old then so it’s hard to blame her for not being able to easily name the United States line-up that year in this video put together by U.S. Soccer.

As fellow “new 99er” Frankie Tagliaferri says of the original 99ers, “They’re the ones that set the path for us and they’re the reasons why we’re here today.”

That team along with all current and former players have set a very high benchmark for the current youth players. Kuhlmann from Littleton, Colorado is definitely one of those players.

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Making the Right College Connection

Making the Right College Connection

87% of all parents say a college education is the most important promise they will make to their child.  With student-counselor ratios exceeding 491:1 nationally most families are left to “figure it out” and often turn to their soccer organization for help. 

While soccer organizations promote “education and helping kids”, the fact is, less than 20% offer families any meaningful guidance or support when it comes to college readiness.

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Gillian Campbell: Eager to Grow Her Game

Gillian Campbell: Eager to Grow Her Game

Gillian Campbell, 16 year old Midfielder from Lewisville, TX, plays for FC Dallas Soccer Club. She has been playing the game since she was four years old and has big goals for her future playing career. We asked her questions about her individual training habits and what she's looking forward to most at the camp this June 12-14 in Powder Springs, GA. Here are her answers. 

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Appalachian State’s Mountaineers Superwoman: Freshman Kelly Flanders

Appalachian State’s Mountaineers Superwoman: Freshman Kelly Flanders

When you think of college soccer, you think of big-time universities such as: The Florida State University or UCLA, but the SunBelt Conference holds an upcoming college soccer star rising through the ranks who can change that mold all-together. Appalachian State University Freshman Kelly Flanders is poised to make an impact after an outstanding freshman year for years to come.

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FSU’s Grubka Grew Into Body and Into a National Champion

Kristin Grubka is a winner.  Kristin Grubka is a leader.  Kristin Grubka will sacrifice everything -- even her head -- to help her team win.   And, Kristin Grubka is proud of who she is and what she represents.

“I know I stand out on the field,” Grubka said just weeks after helping Florida State win its first-ever national championship leading a backline that became the second team ever in NCAA history to not allow a goal in six tournament matches.  “At nearly six feet, playing in the back line and pushing forward I am hard to miss.”

Get the full article and Grubka's answers to what it takes to make it to the top levels.