MAINEVILLE, Ohio (October 13, 2022) – Ohio Soccer Association (OSA) has officially announced a partnership with NCSA College Recruiting, which has been named the “Official Recruiting Partner” of the state association. Founded in 2000, NCSA is the world’s largest and most successful athletic recruiting network.
“We are delighted to partner with NCSA,” said Gordon Henderson, OSA Chief Executive Officer. “To offer this level of education and assistance for parents and players in our leagues, clubs, Cup Series, and the Olympic Development Program (ODP) is fantastic. We believe it will be a big asset in the college recruiting experience to those who utilize it.”
Through this relationship, NCSA will provide educational tools and resources to OSA members, with the goal of assisting families in navigating the college recruiting process. Athletes who are 13 years of age and older will have the option to create a free NCSA profile when registering for OSA events and gain access to NCSA’s online recruiting resources. The account will provide the players with access to the extensive NCSA recruiting network that includes more than 4,500 collegiate men’s and women’s soccer coaches across the country.
Additionally, all OSA clubs and teams, as well as the Ohio Olympic Development Program (ODP), will receive access to the NCSA Team Edition at an exclusive discount, which allows coaches to track and guide their athletes’’ recruiting with state-of-the-art, easy-to-use software.
“It’s an honor to partner with Ohio Soccer Association,” said NCSA President Lisa Strasman. “Through our recruiting education and digital tools, NCSA is eager to help more youth soccer players in Ohio reach their dreams of playing at the collegiate level.”
The partnership with NCSA College Recruiting will allow the OSA to select up to 10 athletes to receive the NCSA All In Award, which is given to deserving student-athletes who demonstrate financial need, a strong desire to play collegiate athletics and a commitment to leveraging their athletic talent to improve their life. Each All In Award honoree will receive the most comprehensive NCSA recruiting membership at no cost, providing highly personalized support and guidance to ensure they have the best opportunity to find a college that is the right fit for them.
OSA will also integrate NCSA’s recruiting software, Coach Packet, for several of its top events. Coach Packet provides easy access to the latest rosters, player data, schedules and custom evaluation metrics by taking the historic bundles of paper handouts at recruiting events and complementing them with a dedicated universal iOS app. By using Coach Packet on their mobile devices, college coaches and scouts who attend OSA events will have an easier, more efficient way of recruiting and evaluating players.
ABOUT THE OHIO SOCCER ASSOCIATION
OSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing youth soccer in the State of Ohio. Our singular goal is to support, inspire, and grow youth soccer by unlocking the potential within every community. We support clubs, leagues, teams, coaches, referees, parents, and players with resources, expertise, and programs that it easier for young people to get involved and stay in the game. We stand for innovation, integrity, teamwork, inclusion, and trust.
ABOUT NCSA COLLEGE RECRUITING
NCSA College Recruiting is the world’s largest college recruiting platform connecting tens of thousands of student-athletes to more than 35,000 college coaches across 37 sports each year. NCSA is part of IMG Academy, the leader in athletic-academic education and development for high school student-athletes. Learn more about NCSA at www.ncsasports.org.