Women’s Soccer Colleges to Pro: What Schools Produce the Most NWSL Players?

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If you want to play professional soccer in the United States, what women’s soccer college should you attend? There are just certain colleges that produce or develop more professional soccer players than others. The trick is to go to one of these colleges soccer camps if you want to eventually go to school there and then reach the professional soccer level. Plus, at the summer soccer camps for the colleges below you’ll often get tips and coaching from former professional players who attened said school.

One thing to keep in mind though, is at the top women’s soccer schools it’s harder to get playing time, so it might make more sense to go to a college where you will play all the time.

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What are some of the biggest college soccer feeders into the NWSL? Sure, some of the best women’s soccer players end up going to the top schools with the best coaches and programs so they thus generate more pros, but it also might just be the collective spirt and energy that these schools and programs create that produce more pros. The competition at these schools makes everyone better. How hard is it to play women’s college soccer? You have to put the work in every day if you want to play college soccer and then make it to the pros. Every soccer player who’s played in college and go on to the pros will tell you that.

The top college soccer schools for women are UCLA, North Carolina, Virginia and Stanford. Here’s a list of top soccer women’s colleges to attend if you want to play in the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League). Here are the colleges that produced most pro women’s soccer players:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alex Kimball (Utah Royals FC)
Dorian Bailey (Washington Spirit)
Julia Ashley (Sky Blue FC)
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns)
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)
Heather O’Reilly (North Carolina Courage)
Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC)
Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash)
Amber Brooks (Houston Dash)
Nikki Washington (Boston Breakers)
Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage)
Satara Murray (Houston Dash)
Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns)
Yael Averbuch (Seattle Reign FC)
Robyn Gayle (Washington Spirit)
Summer Green (Chicago Red Stars)
Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage)
Meg Morris (Portland Thorns)
Brooke Elby (Utah Royals FC)
Alexa Newfield (Utah Royals FC)
Katie Bowen (Utah Royals FC)

University of Virginia

Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC)
Makenzy Doniak (Utah Royals FC)
Brittany Ratcliffe (Utah Royals FC)
Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars)
Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars)
Betsy Brandon (Houston Dash)
Veronica Latsko (Houston Dash)
Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns)
Kristen McNabb (Seattle Reign)
Meghan Cox (Washington Spirit)
Lori Lindsey (Washington Spirit)

Stanford University

Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars)
Jordan DiBiasi (Washington Spirit)
Tegan McGrady (Washington Spirit)
Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC)
Christen Press (Utah Royals FC)
Madeline Bauer (Seattle Reign)
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash)
Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride)
Courtney Verloo (Western New York Flash)
Rachel Quon (Chicago Red Stars)

University of Portland

Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
Kendall Johnson (Portland Thorns)
Keelin Winters (Seattle Reign FC)
Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns)
Elli Reed (Seattle Reign FC)
Michelle Cruz (Seattle Reign FC)
Amanda Frisbie (FC Kansas City)
Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC)

Pepperdine University

Hailey Harbison (North Carolina Courage)
Michelle Maemone (Utah Royals FC)

West Virginia University

Bianca St. Georges (Chicago Red Stars)
Grace Cutler (Houston Dash)

University of Denver

Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage)
Taryn Hemmings (Orlando Pride)

Northwestern University

Marisa Viggiano (Orlando Pride)
Kayla Sharples (Chicago Red Stars)
Hannah Davison (Chicago Red Stars)

Santa Clara University

Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash)
Maria Sanchez (Chicago Red Stars)
Julie Ertz  (Chicago Red Stars)
Dani Weatherholt (Orlando Pride)
Katherine Reynolds (Portland Thorns)
Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns)
Alyssa Kleiner (Washington Spirit)
Leslie Osborne (Chicago Red Stars)

Florida State University

Becky Edwards (Orlando Pride)
Jamia Fields (Orlando Pride)
Toni Pressley (Orlando Pride)
Cheyna Williams (Washington Spirit)
Kelsey Wys (Washington Spirit)
Tori Huster (Washington Spirit)
Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
Amanda Da Costa (Chicago Red Stars)
Dagny Brynjarsdottir (Portland Thorns)
Kassey Kallman (Boston Breakers)
Tiffany McCarty (FC Kansas City)
Carson Pickett (Seattle Reign FC)
Kristin Grubka (Sky Blue FC)
Michaela Hahn (Western New York Flash)

University of Florida

Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash)
Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers)
Savannah Jordan (Houston Dash)
Christen Westphal (Seattle Reign FC)
Erika Tymrak (Utah Royals FC)

Wake Forest University

Katie Stengel (Utah Royals FC)
Kristen Meier (Seattle Reign FC)

Rutgers University

Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC)
Kenie Wright (Sky Blue FC)
Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue FC)

University of Southern California 

Leah Pruitt (North Carolina Courage)
Ally Prisock (Houston Dash)
Morgan Andrews (Boston Breakers)
Kayla Mills Sky Blue FC
Mandy Freeman Sky Blue FC

University of California Berkeley

Arielle Ship (Seattle Reign FC)
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride)


Hailie Mace (Sky Blue FC)
Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)
Zakiya Bywaters (Chicago Red Stars)
Lauren Barnes – Seattle Reign FC
Abby Dahlkemper – North Carolina Courage
Caprice Dydasco – Washington Spirit
Darian Jenkins – North Carolina Courage
Lauren Kaskie – Chicago Red Stars
Sarah Killion – Sky Blue FC
Sydney Leroux – Orlando Pride
Sam Mewis – North Carolina Courage
Megan Oyster – Seattle Reign FC
Katelyn Rowland – North Carolina Courage
Taylor Smith – Washington Spirit
Rosie White – Chicago Red Stars
McCall Zerboni – North Carolina Courage

Penn State University

Emily Ogle (Portland Thorns FC)
Madeline Nolf (Utah Royals FC)
Allie Long (Seattle Reign)
Whitney Church (Washington Spirit)
Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride)

Duke University

Kayla McCoy (Houston Dash)
Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit)
Natasha Anasi (Boston Breakers)
Mollie Pathman (Boston Breakers)

Georgetown University

Elizabeth Wenger (Washington Spirit)
Rachel Corboz (Seattle Reign FC)
Emily Menges (Portland Thorns)
Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue FC)

University of Washington

Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
Kimberly Keever (Houston Dash)
Sarah Shimer (Houston Dash)
Kate Deines (Seattle Reign FC)

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