Visit The Family Guide's Website

Hello Everyone, with so much traveling this Summer, it's been hard to keep the blog up-to-date. All that will change however, as The Family Guide brings you new and exciting information for aspiring youth soccer players. When you have a second, check out our webpage... as we'll be making some major adjustments to our leading book and online resource.

The Family Guide Featured on The Administrator Newsletter

The Family Guide For The College Soccer and Scholarship Journey was picked as one of two guest writers for the re-launch of The Administrator Newsletter by Blue Sombrero. The Article entitled Youth Soccer Clubs and Their Part in The College Process was written by Rich Rydarowski. Stay tuned for more information to come!

The Family Guide To Present In Atlanta

The Family Guide has been chosen as one of two keynote speakers in honor of Youth Soccer Month in Atlanta. Hosted by Blue Sombrero, the evening event will feature two speakers and some of Georgia's leading club administrators. For more information on Youth Soccer Month (Click Here).


The Family Guide Targets New Orleans

The Family Guide, a college soccer book that helps aspiring soccer players and their families navigate the college soccer process and scholarship journey, is working to partner with several clubs in New Orleans and provide helpful advice for their players. Co-author Rich Rydarowski who is located in both Atlanta and New Orleans, is excited at the opportunity to work with a host of new clubs that are looking for additional ways to help their college-bound players reach the next level. "The Family Guide" has partnered and worked with clubs in 29 states throughout the US.  If you want to learn more, you can go to


The Family Guide Presents For Georgia Rush

The Family Guide For The College Soccer and Scholarship Journey was asked to present at the Georgia Rush this past weekend.  Over 60 parents, players and coaches took part in the event and gained a helpful roadmap in their journey to college soccer. Currently "The Family Guide" works with 10 Rush Clubs as well as dozens more across the United States. To learn more, visit our website


"The Family Guide" has a new home!

The Family Guide for the College Soccer and Scholarship Journey is building their new website ( The website will include a host of functionality to help aspiring soccer players and families including online resources, social networks, one-point purchase, syndication feeds, video and much more!

Take a second and check our our new home!


"The Family Guide" - A Soccer & Scholarship Journey

The Family Guide For The College Soccer & Scholarship Journey was written by a soccer family, for soccer families. Like many of you, we wanted our son to select the right academic school with the right soccer program and, hopefully, receive some scholarship funds along the way. Also, like many of you, we were not quite sure of what we needed to do, how to do it, when to do it, and who should be doing what. Basically, we knew very little about the “process”. So, we rolled up our sleeves, looked, listened, read, and asked a lot of questions. The end result was that our son received over 40 serious recruiting opportunities. He eventually acquired a substantial scholarship at a top 10 Division 1 soccer school with excellent academic credentials. We now want to share our experiences with you in the hopes of making your experience easier, profitable, and as enjoyable as ours. This was our motivation for writing this book.

Here's What People Are Saying About This Book

"The Family Guide For The College Soccer & Scholarship Journey” is the perfect primer for both soccer players and their parents. Rich Rydarowski went through the process with his now long graduated soccer playing son, Jon, so speaks from experience. It explores all the pertinent questions and helps each family figure out their own path to finding the right college soccer program. Plenty of tips, advice, real-world anecdotes and practical information. Smartly organized and a fast read, it is a valuable tool for every college-interested soccer player

~ Lynn Berling-Manuel Former CEO & Publisher Soccer America Magazine

Rich’s book paints a fantastic picture of the college search process. It explains the college search process from the eyes of his son Jon, and allows the family to understand the importance of the player taking a proactive role in this exciting and sometimes anxious journey. It’s a great read! The book is a fantastic tool for any prospective college student athlete who has the goal of playing intercollegiate athletics at any level. Highly recommended!

~ Andy Walker, Executive Director & Director of Club Development Beach FC

I highly recommend this book to all players aspiring to play college soccer. Parents, this is a great tool to help guide you and your daughter or son toward getting a better insight as to what needs to be done to make it at the next level. I send a high percentage of my club players into college soccer programs and we plan to use this book as the written guide for our club families.

~ Alex Pama, former CEO Redwings SC, USSF A License & DutchKNVB TC 2 License holder and professional soccer scout

Your “Family Guide For The College Soccer & Scholarship Journey” should be in the house of every young soccer player. You have compiled answers to the questions parents and players have but can not easily find elsewhere. You book changes all that!

~ Tripp McCubrey, Parent of former 11th grade player and current DI Player

The Family Guide For The College Soccer & Scholarship Journey” is an invaluable roadmap for your aspiring college soccer player. The information in this guide will give you every edge in selecting the right school, getting positive exposure at these schools, and securing the maximum scholarship dollars that are available. We will be using this as our “playbook” for our son

~ Barry Fischel, Parent of 8th grade player