HS soccer is a relative unknown to me. I have a 9th grade son in HS who plays football, may run track, hasn’t played soccer since he was 6 and doesn’t care for the sport. I have an 8th grade daughter who will be in HS next year, doesn’t play soccer, and may be done with her athletic career. Then my younger children all play soccer. The one doing the most is like four years away. So, in effect, I’m asking you about something that is well into my future and may not come to pass. I guess I just like being prepared! J Also, it’s possible I’ll find a lot in the “A dumb (and loaded) question…” thread that I just started going through. All of these may be very school/coach/region/state specific, so feel free to answer however it works where you are: 1) How important or necessary is playing club/select/soccer to making a HS team? My oldest soccer player is on a club/select team currently, but it is her first season and the team itself is on the lower end of the pay scale. Not being “woe is me,” but not entirely convinced we could afford the more established clubs in our metro area provided she could even make them. 2) What is the typical roster size (we’ll assume there is a Varsity and JV team)? Would having extra bodies, even with the understanding that they are more like scout team and no play guarantee help? I do feel a little bad for other sports when I hear an AD talk about how they try to limit cuts, but that they will never cut for football. 3) How much practice time is typically devoted to soccer in HS? What I have to compare it to is football, and what a disparity at pretty much every level. I bet my son practiced more his first time playing football in 5th grade than any of my soccer players at any year. In 9th grade, his football team practiced @ 5 times / week for 2 to 3 hours a practice. I’m not even saying that’s a lot for a typical football team, but it’s a lot more than my other kids have seen in any sport. 4) Can a player get noticed / scouted by colleges through being a HS player alone? Or is it going to be clubs that get interest or perhaps more specific parental involvement in getting a name out there? I’m sure I have more, but I rambled a bit here. I will say, I like kids having an opportunity to play in HS. I understand that most sports make cuts, though I tend to not like it as much prior to the varsity level. Thanks as always!