The Requirements to Be a College Football Player


Before one can live out their dream of being a professional player in the National Football League, one must first play college football. There are very few requirements to qualify to play college football, apart from skill of course, but these requirements are strictly enforced. If you are looking to play college football, it is important to know exactly what these requirements are.

Maintaining a Grade Point Average

  • Because universities are learning institutions first and foremost, you will have to maintain a minimum grade point average in order to qualify for athletic activities, including football. There are two different GPA requirements: one is held by the school, while the other is enforced by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) itself. Of course, the NCAA regulations trump that of the schools, so rarely does a school have a required GPA that is below the NCAA's universal standard.


  • Whether you are recruited right out of high school or are a walk-on athlete, all student athletes across all sports must first complete a physical. Physicals are used to determine if the player is capable of performing the duties asked of him, as well as gauging whether or not they can hold up to the physical stress of a full season. Sometimes physicals also show previously undiagnosed health concerns for the player that could keep them out of playing.

NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Before you can ever hope to play in the NCAA, you must first register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Eligibility Center. Once registered there, you must select classes that deal with what the NCAA considers "core courses," such as four years of English, three years of math, and two years of social sciences. These classes must be done in high school and it is highly advised that student athletes check with their schools to see which courses are NCAA approved.

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