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Men's soccer

When we survey NCAA student-athletes about their expectations of moving on to professional athletics careers, the results indicate surprising confidence in that possibility. The reality is that very few go pro.

Estimated probability of competing in men's college soccer

High School Participants NCAA Participants Overall % HS to NCAA % HS to NCAA Division I % HS to NCAA Division II % HS to NCAA Division III
450,234 24,986 5.5% 1.3% 1.5% 2.7%

Sources: High school figures from the 2016-17 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations; data from club teams not included.  College numbers from the NCAA 2016-17 Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report.

Estimated probability of competing in men's professional soccer

NCAA Participants Approximate # Draft Eligible # Draft Picks # NCAA Drafted % NCAA to Major Pro % NCAA to Total Pro
24,986 5,552 88 78 1.4% --
  • MLS SuperDraft data from 2017.  There were 88 draft slots in that year, but only 81 picks, 78 of whom were selected from NCAA schools.  Of the 78 NCAA picks, 76 were NCAA Division I student-athletes and two were from Division II.  Percentage NCAA to Major Pro calculated using the 78 NCAA selections. (Source:
  • These calculations do not account for other domestic (e.g., USL) or international professional soccer opportunities.

Last updated: April 20, 2018