Trying out for a semi-pro soccer team is a formal process that commonly takes place twice a season: at the start and immediately after the season is over. Semi-pro soccer is recognized as one of the best ways for players to later turn professional; most Major League Soccer professional teams do not hold open tryouts, but will consider players who have played at semi-pro level.
Contact the Premier Development League or W-league teams that you wish to try out for. Send an email or written correspondence to team's manager directly, if you can find his name, or send your letter to the club secretary. Include your full soccer resume with your correspondence. This encompasses a brief paragraph describing your playing position and style; a fact file with your height, weight and details of any injuries; and a list of clubs you have previously played for, including the dates and any individual or team honors you won when at the club. Many clubs do not require a resume but will ask that you submit an application form which will include many of the same details. Provide a clear medical history with your resume, which you can back up by including a scanned copy of your medical records.
Train as your tryout approaches, as even semi-pro teams will look for you to have a certain level of fitness. Take regular aerobic exercise, focusing on the muscles that you require to play soccer. Running is a good way to strengthen the legs and cardiovascular system, for example.
Attend your tryout and make sure you wear the appropriate footwear. Wear cleats with molded blades rather than metal studs, for example, if your tryout is on artificial grass. Wear indoor soccer cleats with rubber soles if your tryout is going to be indoors on a court-style surface.
Show the best of your abilities at your tryout. Demonstrate both your soccer ability and your positive attitude to coaches and management. Show your interest in the semi-pro club you are trying out for by chatting with coaches, management and current players once the tryout is finished. Ask plenty of questions about the club's training facilities, performance in the previous season and hopes and expectations for the coming campaign.
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