Outstanding soccer players can earn scholarships to play the sport at the collegiate level. Many men's soccer programs at NCAA Division I schools use scholarships to attract top players. Scholarship athletes can enjoy reduced tuition rates while they play the sport they love. Soccer stars can compete in Division I conferences like the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference and the Ivy League.
Boston College, which competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference, offers men's soccer scholarships. The program started competing in men's soccer in 1978 and has enjoyed success since then. Most notably, the program enjoyed an 18-win season in 2002. Graduates of the Boston College men's soccer program have gone on to compete at the professional level. Home games take place at the Newton Campus Soccer and Lacrosse Field, which the school upgraded in 2008 with artificial turf.
Playing in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Bradley University Braves welcome talented men's soccer players on scholarship. The school has had six players drafted by Major League soccer, with four players competing professionally, as of 2011. The team plays its home games in Shea Stadium just off of the Bradley campus, located in Peoria, Illinois. In 2003, this former baseball complex was renovated into a soccer field for the men's team to compete in.
Georgetown University's men's soccer program attracts top players with scholarships. The Hoyas first fielded a soccer team in 1952. The men's soccer program has played in the Big East Tournament 16 times, most recently in 2009. Georgetown made the NCAA tournament twice, in 1994 and 1997. In 2010, the program faced a tough schedule that included matches against Princeton, West Virginia and Marquette.
University of North Florida
The University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, also offers scholarships to men's soccer players. The team plays its home games in Hodges Stadium, which seats 9,300 fans. Competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference, UNF first fielded a soccer team in 1991 and joined the ranks of NCAA Division I programs in 2005. The team faces conference opponents like Georgia Southern and Belmont annually. The program made the NCAA tournament twice, in 1992 and 1993.