Whether you decide to play NCAA (Div I, II, III) or NAIA, your future is bright and the choice all depends on what your end goal is. Not everyone will take the same path, it is important to do your research and weigh all of your options...
NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA.org
Picking next year’s classes:
Each student needs to speak with their high school counselor about being A-G compliant (to allow you to play for a Cal State or UC school) and that you also want to be NCAA eligible. There are specific courses and types of courses that the NCAA requires. It is important that you are aware of these things and plan from your freshman through senior year.
2022-23 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete:
Also, this worksheet is provided to assist you in monitoring your progress in meeting NCAA initial- eligibility standards. The NCAA Eligibility Center will determine your academic status after you graduate. Remember to check your high school’s list of NCAA- approved core courses for the classes you have taken or plan to take. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/DI_and_DII_Worksheet.pdf
Another resource is the NCAA Eligibility Center. Freshman and Sophomores can and should create a
free profile page, giving them their initial NCAA ID number. When or if a player decides to play collegiate soccer, you will need to create an account whereby your eligibility will be verified. You can get more information and begin the process here: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/.
We all come from so many different school districts, so graduation requirements vary. It is important to communicate regularly with your high school counselor to ensure that you are on track for graduation, for A-G and for NCAA eligibility.
NAIA - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes NAIA.org
If you goal is to attend a smaller private college or university, playing NAIA may be for you. https://www.naia.org/findyourpath/highschool/index. There are tons of benefits to attending an NAIA school. Find what suits you.