How to effectively drive coaches to your sidelines

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by our partner, ScoutingZone, in an ongoing series of best practices for college recruiting. 

Email… Email… Email!

  1. Have a game plan of who you are emailing
  2. Create a template that you can use for each email so you aren’t recreating them each time
  3. Let them know why you’re interested in their school and their program
  4. Be authentic and keep it personalized
  5. It should be written by the player and not the parent

What should you include in your email?

  • Your graduation year, name, club team
  • Your personalized ScoutingZone weblink: Your ScoutingZone profile is your soccer “resume” and very important to include in all emails you send to college coaches. This also allows you to see which colleges are viewing your profile.
  • Your tournament game schedule: Make it easy for the coaches to find you and flag your matches.

Follow up after events!

  • Check your Scout Analytics and follow up with schools who may have flagged your match, viewed your profile or favorited you.
  • Email who you had written prior to the event to follow up after, reaffirming your interest. For example, maybe you added a new highlight video to your SZ Profile that you’d like them to see.
  • Let them know where you are playing next.


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