NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament
The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament, sometimes known as the College Cup, is an American intercollegiate soccer tournament conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and determines the Division I men's national champion. The tournament has been formally held since 1959, when it was an eight-team tournament. Since then, the tournament has expanded to 48 teams, in which every Division I conference tournament champion is allocated a berth. Among the most successful programs, Saint Louis won 10 titles during dynasty years between 1959 and 1973. Indiana has won 8 titles beginning in 1982, whereas Virginia has won 7 titles beginning in 1989.
|Number of teams||48|
|Current champions||Marshall |
|Most successful club(s)||Saint Louis |
|2020 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament|
Although the tournament is frequently referenced as the College Cup, the NCAA applies the title only to the semifinal and championship rounds of the tournament proper. Since the tournament began, the semifinal and final fixtures have been held at a neutral site predetermined by the NCAA prior to the start of the regular season.
The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament is a 48-team, single-elimination tournament. Currently, 24 spots are reserved for the winners of automatic bids.
Conferences granted automatic qualification are:
Each conference determines the format for its conference championship, which determines the school that receives its automatic bid. Many use conference tournaments, although three conferences award the championship and automatic bid to the regular season champion. The remaining 24 teams have received at-large bids. The at-large teams are selected by a committee consisting of representatives from each of the eight regions the NCAA has divided the country into. The committee uses a number of criteria, the most influential supposedly being the Ratings Percentage Index, a mathematical formula designed to objectively compare the results and strength of schedule of all Division I teams.
The top 16 teams are seeded into the bracket and receive first round byes. The other 32 are grouped by geographical proximity. The first four rounds are played on campus sites, with matches being hosted by the higher seed. The College Cup, comprising the semifinal and final matches, is played at a predetermined site.
List of championsEdit
Below is a complete list of winning teams and finals held:
Most successful schoolsEdit
|1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967[c], 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973|
|1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2012|
|1989[h], 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009, 2014|
|1968[h], 2005, 2008, 2018|
|1985, 1990, 1997, 2002|
|1966, 1975, 1976, 1980|
|2015, 2016, 2017|
|UC Santa Barbara||
- The University of Connecticut did not adopt "UConn" as its sole athletic brand until 2013.
- This team represented the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. In 2019, LIU merged the Brooklyn athletic program with the NCAA Division II program of its Post campus. The merged men's soccer team, which now plays as the LIU Sharks, inherited the history and records of the Brooklyn program.
- Title game was suspended due to weather, with both teams sharing the title.
- Disqualified at a later time.
- The Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, known for sports purposes as "Philadelphia Textile", changed its name to Philadelphia University (PhilaU) in 1999. In 2017, PhilaU merged with Thomas Jefferson University, a healthcare-only institution also in Philadelphia that had no athletic program. The merged university adopted the Thomas Jefferson name and inherited the PhilaU athletic program, which now competes as Jefferson.
- The University of North Carolina at Charlotte did not adopt its current athletic brand name of "Charlotte" until 2000.
- Title shared after the final ended in a tie, with no extra time played.
This list consists of the top 25 men's college soccer teams in terms of appearances in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.
|Top 25 rankings as of 10 December 2017|
- List of NCAA Division I men's soccer programs
- NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Tournament appearances by school
- NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship
- NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship
- NCAA Women's Soccer Championship
- NAIA national men's soccer championship
- Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association (ISFA) – declared the annual national champion (1927–1958)
- Intercollegiate Association Football League (IAFL) – declared the annual national champion (1911–1926)
- Pre-NCAA Soccer Champions
The highest recorded attendance for championship games are listed below:
- 22,512 – Saint Louis (5) vs. SIU Edwardsville (1), Busch Stadium, St. Louis Oct. 30 1980
- 21,319 – Wisconsin (1) vs. Portland (0) / Duke (3) vs. Virginia (2), Richmond, Virginia (NCAA semifinals) Dec. 8, 1995
- 20,874 – St. John's (NY) (4) vs. FIU (1), Richmond, Virginia (NCAA final) Dec. 15, 1996
- 20,703 – Wisconsin (2) vs. Duke (0), Richmond, Virginia (NCAA final) Dec. 10, 1995
- 20,269 – St. John's (NY) (2) vs. Creighton (1) / FIU (4) vs. Charlotte (0), Richmond, Virginia (NCAA semifinals) Dec. 13, 1996
- 20,143 – UCLA (2) vs. Virginia (0), Richmond, Virginia (NCAA final) Dec. 14, 1997
- 20,112 – Saint Louis (1) vs. SIU Edwardsville (0), Busch Stadium, St. Louis Nov. 9, 1973
Numbers in parenthesis indicate goals scored by participating teams.
- "DI Men's College Soccer Rankings – NCAA Men's Soccer RPI". NCAA.com.
- Men's Soccer Div 1 – History (1959-2011) on the NCAA
- "Division I Men's Soccer Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 June 2018.