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If you get a soccer scholarship and go live your American dream, you can expect some differences with the French system. First, training schedules will be established by the coaches in accordance with the NCAA training rules. A footballer should expect to practice at least 5 days a week, from 3 to 5 hours a day, knowing that a minimum rest day is mandatory. This higher level of training received as part of university practice in the USA makes it easier for athletes to achieve higher levels of physical fitness and performance than they are able to achieve in France. American universities offer players support from coaches and physiotherapists as well as the equipment necessary to practice a high level sport (physiotherapy rooms, cold baths, electrostimulation devices, pressotherapy boots,...)

Schedule : Conference matches take place during the fall (September to December). On the other hand, there can be friendly matches and competitions during the spring (January to April).

Example of a typical day



6am: Alarm clock

6:30am - 8:30am : Training

8:30am - 9am : Care/kinetic

9am-10am: Breakfast, change of clothes

10am-12am: Classes


12pm-1pm: Lunch break

1pm-3pm: Classes

3pm-4:30pm : Work out

4:30pm-6pm : Studies

6pm-8pm: Free time / Dinner

Video credits : FFFusa Youtube channel

The conditions for obtaining a scholarship

To be a high school graduate (all sectors)

To pass the TOEFL (English test) and other admission tests (SAT, GRE, GMAT)

To have a good academic level

To have a national level of performance

To be motivated and not be afraid to go out of your comfort zone


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