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? 

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. 

This issue includes an article from former North Carolina Tarheel National Champion, Yael Averbuch, on her championship experience; interviews with Becky Burleigh and star players from the University of Florida; an article on the differences between college and pro training with legendary coaches, Schellas Hyndman and Randy Waldrum; and articles on making the transition to college soccer and what an injured player can do to support the team. These articles along with many more await you in the following pages! Content contributions come from some of the top professional training, nutrition, mental-game and fitness leaders in the industry. We know you’ll enjoy your experience.

Our goal is to bring soccer athletes around the world an unmatched resource to support you in the journey to #AmplifyYourGame. As always, let us know if there's something you'd like to see that we aren't covering.

Full Table of Contents

Why You Should Care About College Soccer
Your Action Between the Action
Beast Mode Soccer Drills of the Month
MAC Hermann Trophy Winners in the Pros
Measuring Extensive Travel Fatigue and Recovery During the Soccer Season
A Souvenir and a Memory by Yael Averbuch
Becoming a Soccer Optimist by Dan Abrahams
Differences Between College and Pro Training with Schellas Hyndman and Randy Waldrum
Stress, Sleep and Recovery in Elite Soccer Infographic
The Key to Maximizing the Results of Your Workouts is to Train Smarter, Not Harder
Person > Player; An Interview with Becky Burleigh
Interview with University of Florida and U.S. Under-23 Midfielder Claire Falknor
Season Ending Injuries: How You Can Still Contribute to Your Team
Overcoming Injury: How to Still Be a Team Player
5 Tips To Make The Transition To College Soccer EASY
Top 25 Songs for College Soccer Playlists
Goalkeeper Technical Workout Part 1: Distribution
Goalkeeper Technical Workout Part 2: High Balls
FDA Warns Against Use of Pure Powdered Caffeine