Why Does Prep Soccer Have a Paywall?
A few truths…
There’s a void in the comprehensive coverage of high school and club soccer.
Everyone covers the top 1% of prospects – the ones being recruited by high major schools. While those players drive the most clicks, they are not representative of the huge majority of players in America. We’re talking about the rest of the players, fighting for maximum visibility, looking to find their fit in college at any level. We hear time and time again from prospects that they’re looking to get their name out there, and as frequently from non-division I college coaches that they’re looking to get more names on their recruiting lists. Newspapers will cover the highest profile prospects occasionally, but before Prep Soccer, a comprehensive resource for high school soccer news and information just didn’t exist. And with newspapers in decline and prep coverage oftentimes on the chopping block, we’re here to fill a void.
Great coverage comes at a price.
The long, slow decline of newspaper circulation due to loss of ad revenue has been well documented, and the elimination of journalists from the staffs of established outlets has put a premium on top talent. There are fewer journalism jobs to go around and the best writers are more highly sought. Thorough, well-written coverage comes from great contributors, and great contributors require compensation.
Prep Soccer is not the first-ever outlet attempting to provide this depth and quality of coverage on high school soccer. Recruiting services have existed as a resource for college coaches for years, but with a sticker price that can be 10 times that of Prep Soccer, with less depth and no content. Because of our consistency, reliability and depth, Prep Soccer hopes to become the most trusted resource for college soccer coaches. We plan to cover more players and publish more soccer-related content than any outlet in the country.
Your subscription powers recruiting for families across the country.
Your subscription directly impacts our ability to find the next hidden gem in your area or in a neighboring state by allowing us to recruit and retain a respected network of scouts. Without contributors that are compensated, our coverage doesn’t exist.
The long, slow decline of newspaper circulation due to loss of ad revenue has been well documented. But thorough, well-written coverage comes from great contributors, and great contributors require compensation
Your experience on our website matters.
In addition to presenting high-quality content on the players you know, we’ve removed all outside distractions by becoming 100% AD-FREE and are investing in talented website developers who make our content easy-to-find.
Quality is of the utmost importance to us – something worth paying for.
Prep Soccer is doing a great job creating this platform for youth soccer to build the confidence of the girls with acknowledging their play, but more importantly creating a highlight profile to send to recruiting coaches for the next step in their soccer career. Keep up the great work!
The articles and methodology to coverage is very well researched and informative. Looking forward to seeing the site further the mission of covering and promoting the prep soccer scene on the level it deserves!