It is even more than making a highly ranked squad. What matters is the opportunity provided to the player, and that is going to be difficult to research. As a parent you need to do your due diligence, ask questions of the club, coach and current parents. Learn the culture of the team/club. A list or the lack of a list Is not enough and can be very misleading
A few examples. Of the 23 players rostered on our U18 girls “A” team, 20 committed to play college soccer. The three who did not had many opportunities to play, but chose different paths. One is going to K State to study veterinary science. K State does not offer women’s soccer. She had offers from multiple colleges(one a top 25 D2 program), but she choose a school based on what she wanted for a career.
Another player also had multiple offers, but decided to focus on academics and not play college soccer. The university she chose has a varsity soccer program and approached her, but she felt she could not maintain the grades she would need for graduate school admissions while playing.
The third that is not going to play was badly injured early in the season and decided to give up on soccer.
We had a player who was strongly recruited by major colleges, including two top 25 D1 programs. She elected to go to a fairly lowly ranked college in terms of women’s soccer known as the US Air Force Academy.
Most players ultimately select a college that is within a four to six hour drive of their home. A few elect to go farther away. Some seek schools with highly ranked academic programs or specific degrees. What matters is the opportunity a club soccer program can offer for a player to achieve what the player wants. Simply looking at how many go to a school and whether the school is ranked can be very misleading.
You can look at the alumni lists on the web pages of many clubs and get a decent idea of what opportunities the club made available. You should check further, however. A club/team environment can be influenced by the coach and even within clubs coaches vary. I am very familiar with one club that puts a premium on academic performance. They require players to maintain a 3.0 average, offer tutors, arrange mandatory “study halls” at night when traveling and excuse players from practice when they have a test the next day. I know of another club where a coach drinks with the parents in the hotel bar in the evening and the players are not supervised. Guess which club has a better record of players not only playing in college, but going to college period?
Also, look and see how many of the players listed make the team and are playing after their freshman year. Many players, for a variety of reasons, cease playing for the college they first attend.