Life on campus

By looking at the daily schedule of a student-athlete, you always have to remember that there are differences between the season (Fall) and off-season (Spring). Additionally, there are differences between each college and team regarding practice time and when you go to class. Compared to the German system, the main advantage of the American system is that practice times and class schedules are well-coordinated. Most of the times, you are able to create your class schedules on your own, so that the schedules may differ from player to player. A typical day in the fall could possibly look like this:

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Wake-up, breakfast (possibly classes) + preparation for training
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Practice
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Classes/homework
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Dinner
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Homework or free time (if homework already done)

It´s also possible that you train in the afternoon and a day looks the following way:

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Wake-up, breakfast and classes
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Homework and/or preparation for training
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Practice
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Dinner
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Homework or free time (if homework already done)

The fall is usually seen as the more time intense semester, because you have 1-2 games next to the practice sessions. During the spring semester (off-season), there are different aspects to focus on and you also have time to travel to explore the area as well as the whole country. Especially the weekends are perfectly suited to plan such a trip. A typical day could look like this:

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Wake-up, breakfast, preparation for training
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Practice
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Brunch/lunch or classes
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch or classes
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Classes, homework or free time
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Dinner
6:00 – 9:00 PM: Homework or free time (if homework already done)

In addition to university and soccer pitches you do have a campus life. During your first year in the US you are living on the campus in school sponsored dorms. After the first year you are allowed to live off the campus and to rent a flat with other students if you do not want to live longer on campus. Mostly, there are short distances between university, pitches and accommodation on the campus – what might be a very huge benefit in comparison to Germany.

Students’ experiences show that your teammates in America will be like a family for you. You spend so much time with them during training sessions as well as traveling to matches with longer distances. You will have a similar schedule in comparison to your friends – so long-life friendships are started on campus.

Meals can be eaten at dining halls and facilities on the campus – these are restaurants where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Due to the enthusiasm for college soccer, lots of other students will visit your matches – also a very fascinating aspect of collegiate soccer in the U.S.!