Challenge and the College Recruiting Process

Challenge is recognized nationally by college coaches and club coaches around the country for the development of female soccer players and the assistance and guidance they provide their players in the recruiting process.  Challenge was ahead of the curve in developing recruiting events like the Texas Shootout and the Final IV to showcase players.  The individual attention and guidance we provide our players throughout this process is unparalleled.  Recognizing that each player has different goals and objectives both academically and athletically, the Challenge staff provides advice and direction that is specifically tailored to each player needs.  No club in Houston and not many in the country can match the 700+ alumni Challenge has that have moved on to the college game. 

The Challenge College Placement Program is second to none in the Houston area as our contacts extend across the country and throughout all levels of college soccer. With over 25 years of placing players in nationally recognized Division 1, 2, and 3 college programs, our reputation amongst college coaching circles is unmatched and our voice is heavily trusted. With a vast range of experiences in both collegiate coaching and coordinating collegiate recruiting efforts, Challenge coaches are well versed in the recruiting process and all NCAA rules, regulations, and restrictions. Our staff is committed to assisting all of our athletes, at all levels, navigate through the sometimes complex and overwhelming recruiting process.

Through the utilization of the following resources, families are able to approach college recruiting with confidence and a complete understanding of how to find the program for their daughter that best suits her academic and playing dreams:

  • Periodic individual player meetings
  • Periodic parent meetings
  • Periodic team meetings
  • Club wide presentations
  • Club wide College Nights
  • Training sessions run by ‘guest’ college coaches
  • Informations meetings run by ‘guest’ college coaches
  • Personalized college tracking spreadsheets
  • Resume/player profile building assistance

Our program has been specifically designed and refined over the years to assist the specific needs of our athletes while providing guidance, resources, and information that will help each player maximize their potential to play in the collegiate or national level program that best suits their goals and dreams.

Challenge players have gone on to play at the following collegiate programs, to name a few:

  • Texas A&M University       
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Duke University
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Baylor University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Clemson University
  • Marquette University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • University of Miami
  • University of Houston
  • United States Naval Academy

 

 

College Showcases and the Texas Shootout

Each year Challenge commits to sending our senior age teams (U15+), of all levels, to some of the most respected and recognized college showcases around not just Texas, but across the country. We know that the college process can be difficult and by giving our players multiple chances to perform at highly attended showcase events, we put them in the best position to be seen by the schools of their choice, on multiple occasions.

The events our teams have attended, but are not limited to, include:

  • Aggieland Friendship Cup
  • D’Feeters Thanksgiving Showcase
  • Texas Cup
  • Final Four Showcase
  • Surf Cup
  • Disney Showcase
  • Lonestar College Showcase
  • Las Vegas Showcase
  • Texas Shootout

In addition to hosting (in conjunction with the Women’s Division 1 NCAA College Cup) the prestigious Final 4 Showcase three times, for over 25 years Challenge has hosted the Texas Shootout, regarded as one of the ELITE showcase events in the nation. The event draws over 300 teams to Burroughs and Meyer Park each year, as well as OVER 200 college coaches from NCAA Division 1, 2, and 3 schools.

Schools that have attended recent Texas Shootouts include:

  • Texas A&M University
  • Duke University
  • Baylor University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Tech University
  • West Virginia University
  • Northwestern University
  • Boston University
  • Denver University
  • Rice University
  • Auburn University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Indiana University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Texas
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Houston