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.

Men's Division I Soccer Tournament
NCAA logo.svg
Founded1959
Number of teams48
Current championsMarshall
(1st title)
Most successful club(s)Saint Louis
(10 titles)
Television broadcastersESPNU
ESPN Deportes
WebsiteNCAA.com
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.

FormatEdit

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.[1]

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.

Marshall is the current champion, defeating Indiana 1–0 in overtime in the 2020 final, held in May 2021 due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

List of championsEdit

Below is a complete list of winning teams and finals held:[2]

NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament
Year Final Third Place Match/Semifinalists City Stadium
Champion Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1959 Saint Louis
5–2
Bridgeport CCNY
West Chester Storrs Memorial Stadium
1960 Saint Louis (2)
3–2
Maryland West Chester
Connecticut[a] Brooklyn Brooklyn College Field
1961 West Chester
2–0
Saint Louis Bridgeport
Rutgers St. Louis Public Schools Stadium
1962 Saint Louis (3)
4–3
Maryland Springfield College
Michigan State St. Louis Francis Field
1963 Saint Louis (4)
3–0
Navy Maryland
Army Piscataway Rutgers Stadium
1964 Navy
1–0
Michigan State Saint Louis
Army Providence Brown Stadium
1965 Saint Louis (5)
1–0
Michigan State Navy
Army St. Louis Francis Field
1966 San Francisco 5–2 LIU[b] Michigan State
Army Berkeley California Memorial Stadium
1967 Michigan State [c]
Saint Louis (6)
0–0
Navy
LIU[b] St. Louis Francis Field
1968 Maryland [d]
Michigan State (2)
2–2 (a.e.t) Brown
San Jose State Atlanta Grant Field
1969 Saint Louis (7) 4–0 San Francisco Maryland
Harvard San Jose Spartan Stadium
1970 Saint Louis (8) 1–0 UCLA Hartwick
Howard [e] Edwardsville Cougar Field, SIUE
1971 Howard [e] 3–2 Saint Louis Harvard
San Francisco Miami Orange Bowl
1972 Saint Louis (9) 4–2 UCLA Howard
Cornell Miami Orange Bowl
1973 Saint Louis (10) 3–2 (a.e.t) UCLA Brown
Clemson Miami Orange Bowl
1974 Howard 2–1 (a.e.t) Saint Louis Hartwick 3–1 UCLA St. Louis Busch Memorial Stadium
1975 San Francisco (2) 4–0 SIU Edwardsville Brown 2–0 Howard Edwardsville Cougar Field
1976 San Francisco (3) 1–0 Indiana Hartwick 4–3 Clemson Philadelphia Franklin Field
1977 Hartwick 2–1 San Francisco SIU Edwardsville 3–2 Brown Berkeley California Memorial Stadium
1978 San Francisco [e] 2–0 Indiana Clemson 6–2 Philadelphia Textile[f] Tampa Tampa Stadium
1979 SIU Edwardsville 3–2 Clemson Penn State 2–1 Columbia Tampa Tampa Stadium
1980 San Francisco (4) 4–3 (a.e.t) Indiana Hartwick
Alabama A&M Tampa Tampa Stadium
1981 Connecticut[a] 2–1 (a.e.t) Alabama A&M Eastern Illinois [e]
Philadelphia Textile[f] Palo Alto Stanford Stadium
1982 Indiana 2–1 (a.e.t) Duke Connecticut[a]
SIU Edwardsville Fort Lauderdale Lockhart Stadium
1983 Indiana (2) 1–0 (a.e.t) Columbia Connecticut[a]
Virginia Fort Lauderdale Lockhart Stadium
1984 Clemson 2–1 Indiana Hartwick
UCLA Seattle Kingdome
1985 UCLA 1–0 (a.e.t) American Hartwick
Evansville Seattle Kingdome
1986 Duke 1–0 Akron Harvard
Fresno State Tacoma Tacoma Dome
1987 Clemson (2) 2–0 San Diego State Harvard
North Carolina Clemson Riggs Field
1988 Indiana (3) 1–0 Howard Portland
South Carolina Bloomington Bill Armstrong
1989 Santa Clara [d]
Virginia
1–1 (a.e.t)
Indiana
Rutgers Piscataway Rutgers Stadium
1990 UCLA (2)
0–0 (a.e.t, 4–3 p.)
Rutgers Evansville
NC State Tampa USF Soccer Stadium
1991 Virginia (2)
0–0 (a.e.t, 3–1 p.)
Santa Clara Indiana
Saint Louis Tampa USF Soccer Stadium
1992 Virginia (3)
2–0
San Diego Duke
Davidson Davidson Richardson Stadium
1993 Virginia (4) 2–0 South Carolina Cal State Fullerton
Princeton Davidson Richardson Stadium
1994 Virginia (5) 1–0 Indiana UCLA
Rutgers Davidson Richardson Stadium
1995 Wisconsin 2–0 Duke Virginia
Portland Richmond Richmond Stadium
1996 St. John's 4–1 FIU Creighton
UNC Charlotte[g] Richmond Richmond Stadium
1997 UCLA (3) 2–0 Virginia Indiana
Saint Louis Richmond Richmond Stadium
1998 Indiana (4) 3–1 Stanford Maryland
Santa Clara Richmond Richmond Stadium
1999 Indiana (5) 1–0 Santa Clara Connecticut[a]
UCLA Charlotte Ericsson Stadium
2000 Connecticut (2)[a] 2–0 Creighton Indiana
SMU Charlotte Ericsson Stadium
2001 North Carolina 2–0 Indiana Stanford
St. John's Columbus Columbus Crew Stadium
2002 UCLA (4) 1–0 Stanford Maryland
Creighton University Park Gerald J. Ford Stadium
2003 Indiana (6) 2–1 St. John's Maryland
Santa Clara Columbus Columbus Crew Stadium
2004 Indiana (7)
1–1 (a.e.t, 3–2 p.)
UC Santa Barbara Maryland
Duke Carson Home Depot Center
2005 Maryland (2) 1–0 New Mexico SMU
Clemson Cary SAS Soccer Park
2006 UC Santa Barbara 2–1 UCLA Wake Forest
Virginia St. Louis Hermann Stadium
2007 Wake Forest 2–1 Ohio State Virginia Tech
Massachusetts Cary SAS Soccer Park
2008 Maryland (3) 1–0 North Carolina St. John's
Wake Forest Frisco Pizza Hut Park
2009 Virginia (6)
0–0 (a.e.t, 3–2 p.)
Akron Wake Forest
North Carolina Cary WakeMed Soccer Park
2010 Akron 1–0 Louisville North Carolina
Michigan Santa Barbara Harder Stadium
2011 North Carolina (2) 1–0 Charlotte UCLA
Creighton Hoover Regions Park
2012 Indiana (8) 1–0 Georgetown Maryland
Creighton Hoover Regions Park
2013 Notre Dame 2–1 Maryland New Mexico
Virginia Chester PPL Park
2014 Virginia (7)
0–0 (a.e.t, 4–2 p.)
UCLA Providence
UMBC Cary WakeMed Soccer Park
2015 Stanford 4–0 Clemson Akron
Syracuse Kansas Children's Mercy Park
2016 Stanford (2)
0–0 (a.e.t, 5–4 p.)
Wake Forest Denver
North Carolina Houston BBVA Compass Stadium
2017 Stanford (3)
1–0 (a.e.t)
Indiana North Carolina
Akron Chester Talen Energy Stadium
2018 Maryland (4)
1–0
Akron Indiana
Michigan State Santa Barbara Harder Stadium
2019 Georgetown
3–3 (a.e.t, 7–6 p.)
Virginia Stanford
Wake Forest Cary WakeMed Soccer Park
2020 Marshall Indiana North Carolina
Pittsburgh Cary WakeMed Soccer Park
2021 Cary WakeMed Soccer Park
2022 Cary WakeMed Soccer Park
2023 Louisville Lynn Family Stadium
2024 Sacramento Railyards Stadium
2025 Cary WakeMed Soccer Park

Most successful schoolsEdit

Team titlesEdit

Team Titles Years won
Saint Louis
10
1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967[c], 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973
Indiana
8
1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2012
Virginia
7
1989[h], 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009, 2014
Maryland
4
1968[h], 2005, 2008, 2018
UCLA
4
1985, 1990, 1997, 2002
San Francisco
4
1966, 1975, 1976, 1980
Stanford
3
2015, 2016, 2017
North Carolina
2
2001, 2011
UConn
2
1981, 2000
Clemson
2
1984, 1987
Michigan State
2
1967[c], 1968[h]
Marshall
1
2020
Georgetown
1
2019
Notre Dame
1
2013
Akron
1
2010
Wake Forest
1
2007
UC Santa Barbara
1
2006
St. John's
1
1996
Wisconsin
1
1995
Santa Clara
1
1989[h]
Duke
1
1986
SIU Edwardsville
1
1979
Hartwick
1
1977
Howard
1
1974
Navy
1
1964
West Chester
1
1961
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f The University of Connecticut did not adopt "UConn" as its sole athletic brand until 2013.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ a b c Title game was suspended due to weather, with both teams sharing the title.
  4. ^ a b Title shared after the game ended in a tie, with no extra time played.
  5. ^ a b c d Disqualified at a later time.
  6. ^ a b 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.
  7. ^ The University of North Carolina at Charlotte did not adopt its current athletic brand name of "Charlotte" until 2000.
  8. ^ a b c d Title shared after the final ended in a tie, with no extra time played.

AppearancesEdit

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[3]
Rank Logo Team Appearances
1   Saint Louis 48
2   UCLA 44
3   Indiana 43
4   Virginia 39
5   UConn 35
5   Maryland 35
7   Penn State 32
8   Clemson 31
8   San Francisco 31
8   SMU 31
11   Akron 28
12   Brown 27
13   Duke 26
14   Hartwick 25
14   North Carolina 25
16   Creighton 24
17   Washington 23
18   South Carolina 22
19   Wake Forest 21
20   Notre Dame 20
20   Santa Clara 20
20   South Florida 20
20   St. John's 20
24   California 19
24   Michigan State 19

See alsoEdit

Highest attendancesEdit

The highest recorded attendance for championship games are listed below:[4]

  • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DI Men's College Soccer Rankings – NCAA Men's Soccer RPI". NCAA.com.
  2. ^ Men's Soccer Div 1 – History (1959-2011) on the NCAA
  3. ^ "Division I Men's Soccer Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  4. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_soccer_RB/2016/2015attendance.pdf