With many players in Europe and South America playing professionally by the time they reach their mid-teenage years, American soccer is often criticised internationally for its over-reliance on college players. Still, the American university system boasts several healthy and competitive leagues. For the talented male or female player, these leagues offer the opportunity to attain scholarships from some of the best and brightest universities in the country.
Duke offers soccer scholarships for its men's and women's teams. Playing for the Duke Blue Devils at Koskinen Stadium gives young players the opportunity to perform in front of crowds of up to 7,000 people. In addition to soccer, Duke is home to excellent programs in engineering, medicine and law, as well as arts and sciences. With fees for the 2011-2012 year averaging some £32,500, soccer scholarships can be of great benefit to any student.
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Durham, NC 27708
Home to one of the most reputable college teams in the country, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) also offers soccer scholarships for its men's and women's teams. Both teams have launched the career of players who have gone on to play professionally in Major League Soccer and Women's Professional Soccer. Some of UCLA soccer's most celebrated alumni include Cobi Jones, Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis and Frankie Hedjuk.
UCLA Athletic Department
P.O. Box 24044
Los Angeles, CA 90024
The Northwestern University Wildcats field competitive teams for men and women and have scholarships available for both. The Wildcats play their home matches at Ryan Field, which has the capacity to hold up to 47,000 spectators. Located in close proximity to Chicago, Northwestern is home to excellent departments in medicine, law, journalism, music, communication and science.
1501 Central Street
Evantson, IL 60208
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