Irvine CPP

College Placement Program

Education + Fit + Exposure + Resources

College Placement Program Overview

LFCIA SoCal is proud to provide a comprehensive College Placement Program (CPP) designed to ensure that all of our athletes are well educated, prepared and have the best opportunity to play at the next level. We strive to educate players about the college recruiting process and assist each individual with identifying the best college fit for them based on 4 Fit Criteria Factors:  Athletic, Academic, Social and Financial Fit.  We also provide college education workshops to provide in-depth insight on the Athletic and Academic process as players progress through the 3 CPP Phases.  

The College Placement Program is an ongoing, club-level program that is available to all high school age players in the club.  Every LFCIA SoCal high school age player has full access to the CPP which includes all recruiting tools, resources, guidance and preparation to help them play at the next level.  The program is intended to supplement the efforts of our players and their parents as they work through making informed decisions about the college recruiting process.

What is included in the College Placement Program?

  • Full time College Placement Director
  • Online college recruiting platform and CPP resources
  • Head Coach and CPP Director Consultations to Identify the best Athletic and Academic Fit.
  • Direct feedback and insight on identifying their best fit based on their Student-Athlete Profile, along with a detailed Action Plan for playing at the next level.
  • Designated Team College Representative that is responsible for handling all College Placement Program information, education, processes, guidance and leadership for the team and individual players.   

  • Each Team College Representative is trained, educated and mentored in the 3 Phases of the CPP and they have direct access to the CPP Director for guidance and advice to best help their team and players. 
  • Interactive guidance and communication between player, parent, CPP Director, College Rep and Head Coach to help connect players with college coaches.  
  • Access to College Placement Program Network of college coaches across the country, utilizing all the connections from our CPP Director, Head Coaches, Men’s Team coaches, Women’s Team coaches and Alumni connections.  
  • CPP Player Folder: Including Digital and Hard Copies of Player Checklist for each Phase and Sample Player Profiles, Team Brochures and Email Templates.
  • Annual College ID Camp to bring college coaches to us and have them coach, train, educate and interact with players in both training and game environments. 
  • On field interaction with college coaches in our LFCIA SoCal practice and training environment.  We invite local, regional and national college coaches out to our weekly training sessions to evaluate our players in action. 
  • CPP Handbook (digital and physical)
  • Sample Introduction and Follow up Email Templates to send to college coaches 
  • Digital and hard copy Player Profiles
  • Digital and hard copy Team Brochures to distribute at showcase events

College Education Nights held throughout the year
These meetings are designed to help athletes and their families understand the college recruiting process.

How we help you

Head Coach and CPP Director Consultations to Identify the best Athletic and Academic Fit. Direct feedback and insight on identifying their best fit based on their Student-Athlete Profile, along with a detailed Action Plan for playing at the next level.

Interactive guidance and communication between player, parent, CPP Director and Head Coach to help connect players with college coaches.

Access to College Placement Program Network of college coaches across the country, utilizing all the connections from our CPP Director, Head Coaches, Men’s Team coaches, Women’s Team coaches and Alumni connections.

Annual College ID Camp to bring college coaches to us and have them coach, train, educate and interact with players in both training and game environments.

On field interaction with college coaches in our LFCIA SoCal practice and training environment. We invite local, regional and national college coaches out to our weekly training sessions to evaluate our players in action.

Designated Team College Representative that is responsible for handling all College Placement Program information, education, processes, guidance and leadership for the team and individual players.

Each Team College Representative is trained, educated and mentored in the 3 Phases of the CPP and they have direct access to the CPP Director for guidance and advice to best help their team and players.

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Process

HOW TO GET RECRUITED

The College Placement Program (CPP) is broken down into 3 Phases to help simplify the college recruiting process for players and parents.  As we guide players and parents through the process, we identify the specific needs and interests of each player.  Then we provide them with an action plan to help them accomplish their goals.  Each player receives a hard copy folder and digital documents with information to support each Phase.  Each Phase has specific details and steps to help players and parents be successful.

What is included in your CPP Handbook?  You will get a hard and digital copy of all the following information.

  • Player Checklist for each Phase 
  • Sample Team Brochure for college coaches
  • Sample Player Profile for college coaches
  • Sample introduction email for college coaches
  • Sample follow up email for college coaches 

Phase I (Freshmen/Sophomore)

  • Set up Player Profile
  • Start compiling Highlight Video footage
  • College research
  • Attend 2-3 college campuses
  • Identify Top 25 schools
  • Send emails to college coaches 
  • Attend 3-6 college showcases
  • Attend 2-3 College ID Camps

Phase II (Sophomore/Junior)  

  • Phone calls to college coaches
  • Scheduling unofficial/official college visits
  • Offers and commitments
  • Decisions

Phase III (Junior/Senior)  

  • College Bound 
  • College Prep
  • Physical/Mental Training
  • Experience
  • Alumni connections

For more detailed information on the exact steps please contact our CPP Director:  Carlos Gonzales at carlos.gonzales@lfciasocal.com 

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Player Checklist

This is a Sample Player Checklist that is provided to each player as we guide them through the process.  As players progress through the process the Checklist will become more detailed and specific to the player’s Fit.  

  • Set up Player Profile
  • Get evaluation from Head Coach/Olders Director
  • Identify top 25 schools on your “Favorites List” on CFF
  • Research:  Use CPP resource tools and College Fit Finder college search tool
  • Fill out LFCIA SoCal Student-Athlete Questionnaire
  • Schedule meeting with College Rep/College Placement Director
  • Send Introduction emails to all 25 college programs
  • Send Follow up emails to the 25 college program
  • Visit 2-3 college campuses
  • Attend 2 showcase tournaments with team
  • Attend 2-3 College ID Camps 
  • Schedule follow up meeting with College Rep/College Placement Director
  • Goal to get 5 Unofficial/Official visits to preferred schools
  • Identify best fit and make commitment

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Resources

College Fit Finder

College Soccer Guide

A strategic program designed specifically for high-level, committed club soccer players that desire to play college soccer.  We combine Expert, Certified Educational Guidance with Expert Soccer Specific Guidance to create a customized list of colleges that are your best Academic, Athletic, Social and Financial Fit.  Every Action Step will walk you through the process step by step, week by week to make sure you accomplish your goal of playing college soccer and committing to the school of your dreams.   

NCAA and NAIA Resources:

NCAA Member Schools Map and Search for schools geographically.

NCAA Student Athlete Guide – http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA18.pdf

NAIA Student Athlete Guide – http://www.playnaia.org/d/NAIA_GuidefortheCollegeBoundStudent.pdf

NCAA Eligibility Center – https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/

The NCAA Eligibility Center is something that every potential collegiate student-athlete needs to register for in order to play collegiate sports. Your high school transcripts, SAT scores, ACT scores will all need to be filed with the NCAA Eligibility Center.You should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year of high school.

NAIA Eligibility Center – https://www.playnaia.org/eligibility-center

The official clearinghouse for NAIA eligibility. Every student-athlete must register with the NAIA eligibility center to play sports at an NAIA college. The eligibility center is also a powerful tool to help athletes connect with coaches and NAIA schools – and find money for college through thousands of NAIA athletic scholarships.

National Letter of Intent – http://www.nationalletter.org/

Division I, II Recruiting Calendars – http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/resources/recruiting-calendars/2018-19-division-i-and-ii-recruiting-calendars

Division I Recruiting Guide – http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/2018-19DIREC_DIOtherSportsRecruitingGuide_20180703.pdf

Division II Recruiting Guide – http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/2018-19DIIRec_RecruitingGuide_20180507.pdf

NCAA Resource Center – http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/resources

NCAA Core Courses – http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/core-courses

Application Process Links:

College Application Checklist – https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/applying-101/college-application-checklist

Applying to College – https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/applying-101/applying-to-college-faq

Early Action – https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/applying-101/the-facts-about-applying-early-is-it-right-for-you

CollegeBoard (SAT College Entrance Exam and Scholarship Website) – http://www.collegeboard.com

The SAT is one of two exams that you can take to be eligible to attend college.  Every student-athlete must achieve a certain score on the SAT in order to be eligible to play collegiate athletics.  Through the collegeboard website, you can register for an upcoming SAT exam, have your scores sent to the college of your choice, and even take practice exams to get prepare for the real one!

The SAT is a more widely used test when it comes to college athletics, but not the only option. Visit the CollegeBoard website to answer any other questions about the SAT you may have.

SAT Registration – https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register

The SAT is one of two exams that you can take to be eligible to attend college. Every student-athlete must achieve a certain score on the SAT in order to be eligible to play collegiate athletics.

Through the SAT website, you can register for an upcoming SAT exam, have your scores sent to the college of your choice, and even take practice exams to get prepared for the real one! Visit the SAT website to answer any other questions you may have.

ACT Registration – http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html

The ACT is the second of two exams that you can take to be eligible to attend college. Every student-athlete must achieve a certain score on the ACT in order to be eligible to play collegiate athletics.

Through the ACT website, you can register for an upcoming ACT exam, have your scores sent to the college of your choice, and even take practice exams to get prepared for the real one! Visit the ACT website to answer any other questions you may have.

Weighted GPA Calculator – https://gpacalculator.net/high-school-gpa-calculator/

FAFSA Form – https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  This is the application for college-bound students to potentially receive Federal and State grant money to attend a public or private college.  The FAFSA awards are mainly based on financial need and merit of the student.   Not only does the FAFSA open up opportunities from the Federal and State governments, but it also highlights specific awards at different collegiate institutions.

Every potential college bound student should file the FAFSA for scholarship opportunities for college.  Visit the FAFSA website today!

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) – https://www.wiche.edu/wue

GI Bill Comparison Tool – https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool/

CSS/Financial Aid Form – https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/

CSU Mentor (CSU Application Website)

The CSU Mentor website is where you can apply to the CSU of your choice.  CSU stands for California State University and the CSU system consists of various universities throughout California.  The following institutions are part of the CSU System and can be applied to through the CSU Mentor website: Cal Maritime, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Channel Islands, CSU Chico, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Northridge, CSU Sacramento, CSU San Bernardino, CSU San Marcos, CSU Stanislaus, Humboldt State, San Diego State, San Francisco State, San Jose State, and Sonoma State.

By using the CSU Mentor website, you can apply to these institutions. Visit the CSU Mentor Website if you are interested in attending any of these wonderful universities.

UC Website (UC Application)

The UC website is where you can apply to the UC of your choice.  UC stands for University of California and the UC system consists of various universities throughout California.  The following institutions are part of the UC System and can be applied to through the UC website: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, and UC Santa Cruz.

By using the CSU Mentor website, you can apply to these institutions.  Visit the UC Website if you are interested in attending any of these wonderful universities.

FastWeb (Scholarship Search Website)

FastWeb is a search engine dedicated to finding scholarships for college-bound students and current college students.

There are a wide variety of scholarships out there, and FastWeb helps to locate them.  It is a great resource to use so visit it today!

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 “I have personally helped over 100 players achieve the goal of playing college soccer.  Let me help you be the next person to achieve your dream!”
Carlos Gonzales

Email: carlos.gonzales@lfciasocal.com Cell:  (619) 250-0592

Carlos has experience and knowledge with the college recruiting process as a NCAA DI soccer player and a graduate from the University of San Diego with a B.A. degree in Communications/Emphasis in Business Administration.  After graduating from college, Carlos started coaching club soccer and he was able to use his experience to help place players into college.  He also went on to further his education in soccer and obtain his USSF National A license in 1994.  Since then, he has continued to coach at the highest level for youth club soccer and through all this experience he has been able to make more connections with top college coaches across the country and help players and parents navigate the college recruiting process.  He also created his own online college recruiting course to help players through the process step by step.

Education:  University of San Diego

  • BA Communications and Emphasis on Business Administration

College Playing Experience:  University of San Diego Division I Men’s Soccer 1992-1996

  • * 1992 NCAA Division I National Finalist
  • 1992 West Coast Conference Champions
  • 1993 NCAA Division I Sweet Sixteen
  • 1994-1996 NCAA Division I Playoffs 
  • 1995-1996 Team Captain

Coaching Education:

  • USSF National “A” License 2014
  • USSF Youth National License 2007
  • USC (NSCAA) Director of Coaching Diploma 2017
  • Certified AST Mental Strength Training Coach 
  • Safe Sport Certified
  • USC (NSCAA) Professional Development Certificate 2019
  • USC (NSCAA) Leadership Development Diploma 2019

LFCIA SoCal Director of Programs:

  • Girls Director 2016 – Present
  • College Placement Program (CPP) Director:   2016 – Present  
  • Premier Program Director:  2017 – Present 
  • Residential Camp Director:  2016 – Present 
  • OC College Showcase Director – 2018 – Present  

Youth Club Coaching Experience:

Current LFCIA SoCal Head Coach:  2020/2021

  • G05 Premier SCDSL Flight 1 Discovery and CRL
  • G06 Premier SCDSL Flight 1

LA Galaxy Orange County Head Coach: 2019/2020

  • G05 Premier SCDSL Flight 1 Discovery and CRL
  • G06 Premier SCDSL Flight 1 

West Coast Futbol Club:  Orange County, CA 2009-2016

  • GU16 ECNL Head Coach 2015-2016
  • GU15 ECNL National Championships 2015 (Top 8 in the country)
  • Las Vegas College Showcase Encore Finalist 2015
  • Surf Cup Champions GU15 ECNL 2014
  • EGSL Spring League Undefeated Back to Back Champions GU15/GU16 2014-2015

Albion SC Girls Program Director:   San Diego, CA 2004-2008

  • Albion SC Asst. Director:  2003
  • Albion SC Head Coach: 2000-2008 
  • Coaches Education for Recreation Program
  • Curriculum Development 

US National Coaching Experience:

  • US Soccer National Training Center Staff coach (Orange County, CA) 2016 – 2017 
  • US Club ID2 Coach (Southern California) 2016 

College Soccer Guide:  (Online course and consulting services to help soccer players get recruited to play college soccer)

  • Owner/Creator:  2016 – Present

Personal soccer philosophy: 

I have a passion for the game of soccer and coaching.  Since my days of playing I have committed myself to giving back to the game and the community.  I believe in technical training, possession with a purpose style of soccer, strong defense, creative offense, teamwork and the freedom to play!

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Next Level Players

FitFinder

Each player U15-U19 in LFCIA SoCal has access to a College FitFinder which in included in their club fees (www.collegefitfinder.com). College FitFinder is an excellent resource for all players to create their own player profile to allow college coaches to view their profile online. The profile allows players to describe themselves as a player, upload video highlights, Show their high school GPA etc. College FitFinder has access to every college coach in the country. It is important that ALL players keep their profile updated.

ID Camps

College ID Camps are excellent opportunities for the college bound players to train, interact and compete in front of college coaches.  Players can attend ID Camps that are specific to a particular college or attend ID Camps that staff coaches from multiple institutions. Additionally, ID Camps provide opportunities for players to be coached by college coaches. This provides the player a great opportunity for on-field personal interaction, get a feel for the coach’s personality and coaching style and gain an opportunity to train in a college training environment. 

At our College ID Camps, we invite college coaches from all levels including DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and community colleges.  This provides an opportunity for players to get a feel for all levels of coaching and identify what coaching style they prefer, level of training they prefer, what coaches they connect with best and get honest feedback from college coaches.  

Included in our College ID Camps, we provide Question and Answer sessions with college coaches so players can hear directly from college coaches about the college recruiting process, how it works, rules and regulations, what college coaches look for and what does the life of a college athlete look like.  This type of interaction helps prepare players for what to expect and how to get there.  

In addition to our College ID camps, we also invite college coaches out to our training sessions to see players and teams in their natural, regular training environment.  This gives college coaches insight on the high level of training that we provide as a club and we can discuss individual players on the field and connect players with coaches. 

For more information email Carlos Gonzales carlos.gonzales@lfciasocal.com

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