Here, we have provided answers to many of the questions players, their families, coaches and agents have asked. If you need answers beyond what is provided here, please email us.
Answer: There are a myriad of benefits for players.
1. Increased Exposure - Regardless of a player's talent level and soccer background or experience, it is a team's AWARENESS of that player that will put them on the short list of potential signees. Attendance at InfoSport's Pro Soccer Combine is one of the best ways to ensure that a player's COMPLETE soccer resume and professional evaluation is in front of the key decision makers for the entire professional soccer community. Players from our past events that have signed professional contracts came from schools and programs of all levels. The staff at every InfoSport Pro Soccer Combine is also comprised of coaches from the pro community (MLS, NASL, USL, MISL, etc.)
2. Professional Evaluation - InfoSport's Director of Soccer is Daryl Shore, a current NASL head coach and former MLS assistant coach. The written evaluations on each combine participant are based upon years of professional and collegiate soccer talent scouting and evaluation at the highest levels. The coaching and evaluation staff he assembles for the combine comes from the pro soccer ranks of the USA. For a list of former and current InfoSport Pro Soccer combine staff, please click here.
3. Credibility - InfoSport and its staff have years of credible experience in professional soccer. When a team reviews a report generated by Daryl Shore and InfoSport, it can be assured that the data and evaluations are of the highest professional quality and accuracy. The coaching and scouting staffs that have worked with players at past InfoSport events have come from MLS, USL, NASL and MISL ranks.
4. 12-Month Exposure - Pro Soccer Combine participants have their combine and career data housed on the InfoSport web site for at least 12 months, allowing professional teams around the world, the ability to search online, 24 hours a day, for players to fill their roster openings. Personal contact information for each player is made available so interested parties can contact players directly, eliminating the delay of a middle party.
5. Worldwide Data Sharing - Unlike team, league or agent-sponsored free agent camps, InfoSport makes player data from our event available to every professional soccer team in the world.
Answer: The primary objective behind the development of the InfoSport Pro Soccer Combine was to provide players with the "complete package" for obtaining a pro soccer playing contract. Our events are designed to give the players the critical tools they and/or their agent need to thoroughly market them for playing opportunities. The comprehensive player resume and evaluation of each participant is uploaded to the InfoSport web site which is constantly searched by professional soccer coaches and agents. Our staff, after the event, is made available to speak with potential teams on behalf of combine participants.
Additionally, the combine itself will often make very clear to players their status in terms of their pro potential. Our evaluations are thorough and informative and in addition to highlighting strengths, also emphasizes opportunities for improvement.
Because the InfoSport Pro Soccer Combine staff includes coaches from a variety of pro leagues and teams, many players are directly invited to individual team camps following the combine.
Answer: The application process is started by completing an official application and submitting it to InfoSport with the registration fee. Additional materials (video, clippings, etc.) may be submitted as support, but they are not required, nor will they be returned, so do not send originals.
Answer: No. Each Pro Soccer Combine has a limited number of openings at each position, to ensure that each player receives the maximum exposure to be effectively evaluated. If there is no room remaining in the event at your position, a complete refund will be made of the registration fee, or you may opt to be placed on a waiting list. Regardless, if your registration is not accepted, because there is no more room at your position, you will not be charged.
Answer: Applications are reviewed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and the combine rosters are filled accordingly. We encourage early registration to improve your chances of being accepted.
Answer: Each InfoSport Pro Soccer Combine has a maximum number of player openings at each position to ensure that each player will get maximum playing time in games and drills.
Answer: Yes. InfoSport's Director of Soccer Scouting & Player Evaluations, Daryl Shore, is a current NASL and former MLS coach. He is responsible for the final written evaluation of every combine participant. In addition, there is an extensive list of invited guests, including general managers, pro coaches, scouts and agents. The 2001-2012 Pro Soccer Combines had scouts and coaches from numerous MLS, MISL, NASL, USL and international teams on hand to evaluate the players.
Additionally, the staff that works with Daryl Shore to evaluate players comes from the pro ranks of US soccer, including MLS, USL, NASL and MISL teams. You can be assured that you are being evaluated by some of the top coaches in US professional soccer.
For a list of former and current InfoSport Pro Soccer combine staff, please click here.
Answer: All player profiles will be uploaded to the InfoSport web site following the combine, where teams from around the globe can and do search the database 24 hours a day for available players. Teams and agents from the USA and abroad are constantly accessing the InfoSport web site to search player profiles.
Answer: Teams with an interest in a specific player will often contact our office for additional information and references. Our staff is available year-round to answer requests for additional data or references. As soon as a team contacts us, we notify the specific player to alert them of the interest, and pass along pertinent information to them or their agent. You and your agent have your contact information listed on all profiles, for interested teams to contact you directly, if they choose, and many do so via that method.
Please be aware, that unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous agents who use the internet as a means to contact unsuspecting players and solicit personal financial information. If you receive an email with an offer that sounds too good to be true, it just might be. We maintain a list of known fraudulent activity on our main web page. Please refer to the list or contact InfoSport if you have any questions.
Answer: Yes. Players are permitted to bring family members, spouses and agents. However, keep in mind that this event is similar to a job interview and you need to be focused on soccer throughout the event. Guest passes are available for purchase on the application form. The guest pass is valid for admission all days.
Answer: The Combine begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 and ends on Thursday, January 10, 2013. For those arriving early, player registration will take place between 5:30-7:30pm Monday, January 7that the Fairfield Inn, Lakewood Ranch, Florida and again from 11am-12pm Tuesday, January 8th at the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch. Players need to check in during ONLY one of those registration periods. Players will be on the field half day, Tuesday January 8th, all day Wednesday January 9th and half day Thursday January 10th. We will conclude no later than 1pm on the 10th, to allow for players to travel home that afternoon/evening .
Answer: InfoSport will announce local hotels in your acceptance letter and on the web site shortly.
Please visit the section on Hotels & Directions for more information. Players are responsible for ALL of their own transportation and lodging expenses. A boxed lunch will be provided to all registered players on Tuesday January 8th and Wednesday January 9th.
Answer: No. Most of the players attending our combines in the past did not have representation. In many instances, players have signed with an agent who may have seen their performance live at the combine or their evaluation afterwards.
Many players also find that they do not require the services of outside representation.
Answer: You do not necessarily need an agent. Please see InfoSport's Soccer Links section for a partial listing of soccer agents. InfoSport does not endorse any individual agents.
Answer: Most minor league teams hold open free agent tryout camps. These events typically charge a fee where an unlimited number of players audition for one or a few roster spots at best. There are no evaluations provided to players or other teams and players not asked to veterans' camp have nothing to show for their monetary or time investment. Between registration fees and travel expenses, it would cost a player thousands of dollars to attend EVERY minor league soccer team's free agent camp in a year. For one low registration fee, the InfoSport Pro Soccer Combine will have your data uploaded to our web site for worldwide access, and many US pro scouts are on our staff, or in attendance each year scouting for their respective clubs.
Atlanta Silverbacks, NASL, 2011-2012
Philadelphia Kixx (MISL)
Chicago Riot (MISL, 2011-12)
Head Coach, Philadelphia U
Tampa Bay Rowdies, NASL, 2012
Milwaukee Wave, MISL, 2011
AC St. Louis, NASL, 2010
Rochester Rhinos - 2011
U of Dayton
Chicago Fire - MLS
Toronto FC (MLS) 2011
LA Galaxy (MLS) 2011
U of NC - Charlotte
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2008
Chicago Fire (MLS) 2009-2010 Charleston Battery (USL Pro) 2011-12
DC United (MLS) 2012
Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) 2011-12
Puerto Rico Islanders (NASL) 2011-12