If you get picked up by a team ( or you find a player you want to use) you will need to check on the following:
What player cards are they using, State or US Club Soccer?
If they are playing on State Cards then you will have to get your player card from your current team and follow any particular rule for loan players by your state and there’s. We have so many states coming rules for each state will have to be checked by you and your team.
If you are playing as a US Club Soccer Member, you need to fill out the Player Loan Form and have all appropriate people sign it and send it to US Club Soccer. You will need your player card and a medical release - Original player card and a copy of a medical release.
If you are not registered with either State or US Club Soccer then you will need to get signed, you must have a player card to play in our tournament issued by one of these organizations.
The Nomads Online Player Profiles Database program that allows players to purchase an extended Player Profile for $25. All players that participate in our tournaments, are included in the database for free when the Team Manager enters the roster on to their Team Page; basic information such as name, date of birth, graduation date and GPA, the Extended Profile allows players to upload a photo and provide a lot more information about their academic achievements. Players profiles are linked from your team’s game schedules, via the team pages and rosters. Therefore, if a college coach knows you are in the tournament he can look up your three games and save your profile easily.
Extended profiles can be purchased at any time and will be held in our system for up to 12 months - profiles can be purchased for the Thanksgiving Tournament at the end of October. Profiles are linked to a particular tournament so if you attend both tournaments in November and March you will need to purchase a second profile as the databases are tied to a particular event. When entering your information in to the profile it is important that you do not use the back button on your browser as this can cause your credit card to get charged twice. If this happens please contact us.
Here is a link to an Example
College coaches register and are given access to the database at no charge. The software allows them to search and save profiles of players they are interested in, including searches by position, GPA.
It is the players that drive the college coaches to our event
It is important for players to communicate with colleges they are interested in prior to kick-off, to express their interest in playing for their school and to cover any and all obstacles that will stand in the way of you being selected, e.g., College coaches will show up to your game if you meet the requirements of their school off the field, i.e., what is your GPA, graduation date, what subjects do you wish to pursue, do you need a student visa, can you pay for tuition or do you need a scholarship; all of these factors are taken in to consideration before you even step on to a field.
Many years ago, before the internet, college coach would stand on a field hoping to see a player that meets their needs, going through printed paper rosters provided by the tournament directors. Today they do their homework ahead of time by accessing the Nomads online player profiles databases and by communicating with players by any means allowable by the rules.
All players that participate in our tournaments, are included in the database for free when the Team Manager enters the roster on to their Team Page; basic information such as name, date of birth, graduation date and GPA, the Extended Profile allows players to upload a photo and provide a lot more information about their academic achievements. For an extended Profile please see Player Profiles below.
Once you have have chosen your schools take some time to consider the campus setting, the weather, housing options, etc. and then if everything looks good start communicating with your college coach
NCAA member schools have adopted rules to create an equitable recruiting environment that promotes student-athlete well-being. The rules define who may be involved in the recruiting process, when recruiting may occur and the conditions under which recruiting may be conducted. Recruiting rules seek, as much as possible, to control intrusions into the lives of student-athletes.
Check out the College Board web site at the link below (click on the bigfuture logo). You can search scholarship opportunities at this site too:
Although there’s no magic formula for choosing a college, you can start by asking yourself some questions that help most students find the right fit. Use this guide to: Learn about some key college search categories. Answer questions to discover what’s important to you. Get advice from college students and educators.
Scholarships are an attractive way to help pay for college. Students and parents want to find them. Unfortunately, that leads some people to pay for services that are nothing more than scams. Be on the lookout for lines scammers use.
It’s your journey. College Board & Big Future are there to help you get started.