The college recruiting process for soccer scholarships is one of the most competitive in all of college sports. College coaches are evaluating / recruiting athletes in the eighth and ninth grade, and the top recruits are making their verbal commitments to programs during their 9th and 10th grade year. This means getting started in the soccer scholarship recruitment process is up to the recruit and their family.
There are a lot of colleges that have men's and women's soccer for high school graduates. The colleges and universities vary widely in size, location, and academic offering, and the soccer programs sponsored range from moderately to very competitive.
College soccer programs can be NJCAA (junior college), NAIA, NCAA DIII, NCAA DII, NCAA DI.
View a list of colleges with men's and women's soccer programs.
It is very important that you, as a family, factor in everything before making a decision. Location, size of school, type of school (private / public / religious), athletic level, cost you are able to spend and the level of academics.
NOTE: the "full ride" scholarship is, for the most part, a myth.
In addition, only a small percentage of high school soccer players get athletic based scholarships or even a roster spot on a college team. If you are offered an athletic scholarship you are in the minority.
It is very important that you pick the school that is the overall best fit for you regardless of if you get a scholarship or not. At times, academic or need based aid is more than what you can get in athletic scholarship.