Merel Houweling Placed

Voetbalbeurs amerika Merel

Date of birth:
Year of grad:



Available Fall 2020




Country: The Netherlands
Height: 5'9 ft
Weight: 136 lbs

Personal and academic information

Merel Houweling is a 16-year-old girl who lives in Limmen, the Netherlands. She can  be described as a calm, athletic and very motivated individual who is crazy about soccer. Most of the time Merel is busy with soccer and school but when she has some free time she likes to hang out with her friends.  


Merel is currently in her senior year of high-school (HAVO level) and is expected to graduate in June 2020. She achieved a TOEFL score of 84 and a composite score of 18 on the ACT.


Athletic Information


Merel started playing soccer at V.V. Limmen when she was 5 years old. At the age of 9 Merel was selected for the regional KNVB team and she played there until the age of 13. Merel then was selected to play for the Telstar Academy where she trained three times a week in addition to her three times a week with V.V Limmen. At the age of 15 she was selected to play full time for Telstar, later named VV Alkmaar. At VV Alkmaar she currently trains 5 times a week and plays for the first girls team under 17 who compete in the 2nd class boys league. Last season they became champions and promoted to the first class. Merel also plays indoor-soccer at team Alkmaar/Sportstars.  


Merel has played several international tournaments with her team such as in Rome (I), Steinhagen (G), Gent (B), Venice (I) and Vaxjø (S) where she played against teams as Juventus, AS Rome, the national team of Croatia and Bayern leverkussen. 

Merel started her career as a right back and central defender, but later moved to the midfield. She can play al positions mid-field but has a more defensive role. At her own team she plays as central defensive mid-fielder. Merel is right footed but is just as comfortable with her left foot. Her strengths are her passing abilities, great ball control and a ferm shot. She also has a great overview and is calm when in ball possession.