Manuel Bianchi is on a mission to play College Soccer. His highlight video is the most detailed, professionally produced spectacle we have ever seen. What he misses in actual game footage he makes up for in scintillating cinematography that wouldn’t look out of place at the Cannes Film Festival. Has the 6’3 striker gone over the top in an effort to stand out? This video is sure to make an impression but recruiting coaches will have to decide if it’s for the right reasons.
Stay tuned for updates. If more footage from Bianchi becomes available we will feature it here at Inside College Soccer.
Is this the future of Soccer Recruiting?
Here are some tips on How to Make A Great Soccer Recruiting Video from the Future 500 ID Camp:
Keep it Brief! Send 5-8 minutes of video highlights of your play. Coaches don’t have time to watch more than video than that. If for some reason they want more, they will contact you and request it. After reviewing the video, the coach may decide at this point if he is going to or not going to send staff to see you live.
Video tape multiple games. Preferably from an elevated position and then clip the video down to include 5 seconds before and 5 seconds after you touch the ball. Do this until you have 5-8 minutes of video.
Do not send full games unless a coach requests it. Coaches usually do not have the time or desire to look at entire matches.
Make sure the video is clearly labeled with your name, address, phone number, school name, graduation year, jersey number, jersey color, email address and possibly your SAT/ACT scores, and GPA. Include this information at the beginning of the video. Use editing software to highlight “you” in the film during each clip. Most common are an arrow icon hovering for 1 second over your head in each clip.
Follow up! Sending a video to a coach and then expecting a phone call to get recruited probably won’t happen. You need to follow up with the coach via email or phone and ask if they received and watched the video and what the next step might be in the recruiting process.
Keep It Simple! There’s no need for fancy background music, special effects or special graphics.
Quality Matters. If at all possible, try and use a quality video camera on a wide enough angle with a tripod, so the camera is steady! High Definition cameras are preferred and are relatively inexpensive.
Post your video online. It’s easy to post your video on YouTube or Vimeo and then email the link along with your athletic resume to colleges of interest. There is no need to send a DVD through the mail.