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College Recruiting Aug 12, 2019

NCAA Soccer Recruiting Calendar and Guidelines: 2019-2020

The recruiting calendar for men’s and women’s NCAA Division I soccer is now available for the 2019-2020 campaign.

See below for the full details on the recruiting rules and regulations pertaining to NCAA Division I soccer, or Click Here for information on the Division II, Division III and NAIA recruiting process.

The timeline and rules listed below are in effect from August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020.

NCAA Recruiting Timeline

  • Questionnaires, Camp Information, NCAA Materials and Nonathletic Publications: (Anytime)
  • Recruiting Materials and Electronic Correspondence: (June 15th between sophomore and junior year)
  • Incoming Telephone Calls: (June 15th between sophomore and junior year)
  • Outgoing Telephone Calls: (June 15th between sophomore and junior year)
  • Off-Campus Contact: (August 1st of junior year)
  • Unofficial Visits: (August 1st of junior year)
  • Official Visits: (August 1st of junior year)
  • Verbal Offer: (June 15th between sophomore and junior year)
  • Evaluations and Contacts: Seven recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations combined) per PSA between September 1 and May 31. Beginning August 1 before PSA’s junior year, not more than three of the seven opportunities may be contacts each year.

In addition to the timeline above, there will be several “Dead Periods” for NCAA recruiting, which will be different on the men’s and women’s sides.

NCAA Men’s Soccer Dead / Quiet Periods

  • November 11-14, 2019 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the signing of the National Letter of Intent).
  • December 13-15, 2019 (Friday through Sunday of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship). A coaching staff member may attend an event conducted in conjunction with and in the host city of the championship.
  • Quiet Period: December 23-25, 2019.

NCAA Women’s Soccer Dead / Quiet Periods

  • November 11-14, 2019 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the signing of the National Letter of Intent).
  • December 15, 2019-January 5, 2020.

Effective August 1, 2019


Contact: A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete (PSA) or the PSA’s parents, relatives or legal guardian(s) and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged (e.g., staff member positions himself or herself in a location where contact is possible) or that takes place on the grounds of the PSA’s educational institution or at the site of organized competition or practice involving the PSA or the PSA’s high school, preparatory school, two-year college or all-star team shall be considered a contact, regardless of whether any conversation occurs. However, an institutional staff member or athletics representative who is approached by a PSA or the PSA’s parents, relatives or legal guardian(s) at any location shall not use a contact, provided the encounter was not prearranged and the staff member or athletics representative does not engage in any dialogue in excess of a greeting and takes appropriate steps to immediately terminate the encounter.

Evaluation: Evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a PSA, including any visit to a PSA’s educational institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a PSA participating in any practice or competition at any site.

Evaluation Days: An evaluation day is defined as one coach engaged in the evaluation of any PSA on one day (12:01 a.m. to midnight); two coaches making evaluations on the same day shall use two evaluation days.

Recruited PSA: Actions by staff members or athletics representatives that cause a PSA to become a recruited PSA at that institution are:
a. Providing the PSA with an official visit;
b. Having an arranged, in-person, off-campus encounter with the PSA or the PSA’s parent(s), relatives or legal guardian(s); or
c. Issuing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or the institution’s written offer of athletically related financial aid to the PSA (excluding summer term awards prior to initial full-time enrollment).

Telephone Calls: All electronically transmitted human voice exchange (including videoconferencing and videophones) shall be considered telephone calls. All electronically transmitted correspondence (e.g., electronic mail, Instant Messenger, facsimiles, text messages) shall not be considered telephone calls.


Off-Campus Recruiters: An institutional staff member is not permitted to recruit off campus until he or she has been certified on an annual basis as to knowledge of applicable recruiting rules.

Telephone Calls During Conduct of an Institution’s Athletics Contest: Telephone calls to a PSA (or the PSA’s relatives or legal guardians) may not be made during the conduct of any of the institution’s intercollegiate athletics contests in that sport from the time the institution’s team reports on call at the competition site at the direction of the coach until the competition has concluded and the team has been dismissed by the coach.

Telephone Calls – Institutional Staff Members – General Rule: All telephone calls made to PSAs (or the PSAs’ parents, legal guardians or coaches) must be made by the head coach or one or more of the assistant coaches who count toward the numerical limitations in that sport.

Visits to a PSA’s Educational Institution: Visits to a PSA’s educational institution that will occur during that portion of the day when classes are being conducted for all students must receive the approval of the executive officer (or the executive officer’s designated representative) of the PSA’s educational institution.

Counting Contacts and Evaluations: Evaluations that occur September 1 through May 31 count against the permissible number of recruiting opportunities for a particular PSA, except for evaluations that occur on the same day as a permissible contact. From June 1 through August 31, evaluations do not count against the annual number of recruiting opportunities for a particular PSA. Contacts that occur with a PSA count against the permissible number of total recruiting opportunities regardless of the time period (e.g., academic year or outside the academic year). All contacts and evaluations are subject to recruiting calendar restrictions.

Contact at PSA’s Practice or Competition Site: It is permissible to make phone calls or send electronic correspondence to a PSA (or a PSA’s parents or legal guardians) while the PSA has reported on call for competition and competition-related activities, provided the PSA is otherwise permitted to receive phone calls and electronic correspondence. Recruiting contact may not be made with a PSA at any site prior to any athletics competition (including a noninstitutional, private camp or clinic, but not an institutional camp or clinic) in which the PSA is a participant on a day of competition, even if the PSA is on an official or unofficial visit. Contact includes the passing of notes or orally relaying information to a PSA by a third party on behalf of an institutional staff member. Contact may occur after the PSA’s competition concludes for the day and the PSA has been released by the appropriate authority (e.g., coach).

Visit (Without Contact) to PSA’s Educational Institution: A visit (without contact) by a coaching staff member to a PSA’s educational institution counts as an evaluation for all PSAs in that sport at that educational institution.

Evaluations Are Sport Specific: The limitations on the number of evaluations are sport specific; therefore, a PSA being earnestly recruited by an institution in more than one sport may be evaluated on the permissible number of occasions in each of those sports from September 1 through May 31. Evaluations are counted against the sport of the coach making the evaluation.

Evaluations in Team Sports: In team sports, an institution shall use an evaluation for each PSA participating in a practice or contest observed by the institution’s coach, except for an evaluation that occurs on the same day as permissible contact. An institution’s coach who is attending an event in which PSAs from multiple educational institutions participate in drills (e.g., combine) shall use an evaluation only for each PSA participating in the event that the coach observes engaging in the drills.

Tournament Evaluations: Evaluation during each day of a tournament held between September 1 through May 31 shall count as a separate evaluation except as follows:
a. Evaluation of multiple contests in a tournament that occurs on consecutive days (and normally at the same site) shall count as a single evaluation;
b. Evaluation of multiple contests in a single tier of a tournament (e.g., sectional, district, regional) shall count as a single observation. If a tier of a tournament is subdivided into identifiable segments (e.g., conducted on different weekends), evaluation of contests in each identifiable segment counts as a single observation.

Other Multiday Events: Evaluations at a multiple-day event (e.g., jamboree, round robin, showcase) constitute separate evaluations for each day of the event unless the event is conducted in a tournament format in which a winner of the event is determined.

Evaluations/Contact at PSA’s Educational Institution: If a coach makes an in-person recruiting contact at a PSA’s educational institution, all evaluations (other than observations of athletically related activities) made on that calendar day at the PSA’s educational institution shall not count among the permissible number of evaluations for any PSA at that institution in the applicable sport.

Communication After Commitment: The restrictions on the forms and frequency of communication shall no longer apply after: (1) the PSA signs an NLI or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid; or (2) the institution receives a financial deposit in response to the institution’s offer of admission.

Attendance During a Quiet or Dead Period: During a quiet period or a dead period, a coaching staff member may attend a meeting or banquet where PSAs are in attendance provided: a. The event is not organized to recognize PSAs;
b. The event is initiated by an entity outside the institution;
c. The event is open to the general public; and

d. The coach does not evaluate, make a recruiting presentation or have direct contact with any PSA (or PSA’s family member) in attendance.

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