Parents and Players,
How many high school age soccer players end up participating/playing at the varsity collegiate level? And when we ask that question, lets make sure we define what we mean by participating/playing.
Lets look at the college playing experience as a bell shaped curve. On one end of the curve you have a freshmen who immediately steps into a starting spot or important reserve role on the team. On the other end of the curve you have the player who rarely if ever plays during their 4 year career, but at least gets to wear the uniform. the middle represents the playing career the majority of players will experience.
This large middle generally is marked by a first year where a player is struggling just to get quality minutes. The second year a player is legitimately competing for quality minutes. The third/fourth year a player is a starter or competing for a starting position.
I have found most players aspire to find a collegiate program that falls within the middle range. In order to answer the question then, we will utilize the experience of the player who is either an immediate impact player or those who fall within the large middle. We will eliminate from consideration those players who rarely if ever play during their 4 year career - because I don't believe any player truly aspires to be the last player on the bench.
How many high school age players move on to the varsity collegiate level? Depending on gender and collegiate level (D1/2/3, NAIA), you will find supporting data suggesting anywhere from 1.5% - 7%, with of course some slight margin of error on the upper end.
Regardless of accuracy, the number is small. This means that playing collegiate soccer is a difficult road. It is especially difficult the higher the level you go.