How to Make a Soccer Highlight Video for College Recruiting
Soccer is growing in popularity across the United States, and there are a lot of skilled players all over the country. That makes it difficult for coaches to see all the best players in person just by visiting clubs or watching tournaments.
A college recruiting soccer video can make all the difference. It helps you be seen by coaches, even if you are from a small town that would typically never be visited by a recruiter.
A well-edited recruitment video can be an important first step, opening the door and putting you on the map with coaches. Here are some important tips on how to make a soccer highlight video.
Keep It Brief
Your video is there to show that you are talented and good enough to play for their team. The best way to do this is to show them the highlights of your best plays. Your video should be between five and eight minutes long, focusing only on the best moments.
You should never send an entire game to a coach. They will not watch it. Action clips should only be 10-15 seconds each - and put your best action clips first.
If, for some reason, your video sparks interest with recruiters, they will contact you and request more information or footage from you. They might even schedule a time to meet in person to evaluate your skills.
Keep It Simple
You don’t have to be an editing master to make a great soccer highlight video. The coaches you are sending this to are more interested in your soccer skills than your video skills. There’s no need for fancy or loud background music, special effects, or special graphics.
When you are combining highlights, a simple slide, swipe, or fade transition in between each is more than enough. Remember, you’re just helping your coaches to focus on how well you play soccer. Don’t draw attention to the video editing itself.
If you are skilled in editing and want to do some minor graphics, one of the best things you can do is to help coaches quickly identify who you are in the clip. You know who you are - but they don’t. Pause the footage when you transition to a new highlight and draw a circle around you or an arrow pointing directly at you. That’s the main thing they need. It’s convenient for coaches, and they’ll appreciate you for it.
Get Quality Footage
Do you have footage from your friend sitting in the stands cheering for you while recording on his or her phone? That should never be your first choice when making a highlight video.
Coaches want to clearly see how you respond and work in a game—especially your decision-making skills. That’s not possible to see when the film is shaky, the footage is of poor quality, or someone is screaming.
When it comes to quality footage, you need to consider not only the image quality but also the angle that it is filmed at and the stability of the shot.
The resolution and frame rate of your camera matter. Coaches want to see things like your footwork and athleticism. If you are nothing more than a pixelated blur on the screen, it doesn’t matter how good you are at the game.
Your recording can zoom in on you as a player to show your footwork, but the coaches need to be able to see something more than just ball-handling skills. That’s why it’s important to be able to zoom out and see large sections of the field at the same time. This helps coaches see how you react to the other players on the field and work with your teammates, as long as your camera can maintain a high quality of footage.
The best way to get this line of sight is by shooting your film from a high vantage point. Standing in nearby bleachers is an option for some, but if you are playing on a field that doesn’t have them, sometimes the best option is an SVT Advantage camera pole package.
Soccer isn’t a single-player game, and it’s important to see everything that you can bring to a team. Your highlight video should include wide-angled shots that show large sections of the field and how you react to what is happening around you. It can be great to show you breaking past defenders with fast bursts of speed, but how do you react to wing play or an offside trap?
You can not only highlight your ability to manage different plays but also highlight entire team styles. You might, for example, show that you’re not just a 4-4-2 style player but can also run a tiki-taka or high press style. The only way to show a potential coach that you have the knowledge and the skill to work these different play styles is by showing them more of the field.
Your recording should be able to zoom in or out to showcase your skills in teamwork, communication, and reading your opponents.
The footage you use should be as stable as possible. You should consider what the coaches are looking for and how easy it is for them to determine what is happening in the footage. If your footage is shaky, noisy and handheld, it can be impossible to recognize what is happening on the field. This means that a tripod is a must-have for the best quality of footage.
Check out a few of SVT’s other best recording practices that will help your highlight video stand out from others.
Use Multiple Games
When you are picking out highlights, try to use as many games as possible. Record all your games - not just one tournament or a couple season games. This will give you a chance to show the best plays you were involved in and show consistency in your play against different opponents.
When you are editing, include footage about five seconds before and five seconds after you touch the ball. This gives the recruiter time to see the lead-up actions and the results of your play.
Clearly Label It
If they like what they see, coaches need to know how to find you. With your video, you should include your name, height, weight, position, age, school name, graduation year, jersey number, jersey color, and contact info.
Your movie should highlight what you can do on the field, but you can also include a brief resume or letter showing who you are off of the field. This can include SAT/ACT scores and GPA.
Sending off your video and expecting an instant phone call to get recruited in a week is unrealistic. You need to be proactive with your recruitment and to follow up with the coach.
You can follow up with them via email or phone and ask if they have received and watched the video. Remember to be polite and considerate of their time. There is a big difference between being proactive and being a nuisance.
Post It Online
Rather than sending DVDs to every team you want to get recruited to, you can post your soccer recruiting video online to make it more accessible. It’s easy to do this and then email the link to a coach, along with your contact information and resume. Any way you can get your highlights in front of a college recruiter will go along way. It is one of the ways they evaluate an athlete they might recruit.
The SVT Advantage
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