NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship

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Men's Division I Soccer Championship
NCAA logo.svg
Founded 1959
Number of teams 48
Current champions Notre Dame
Most successful club(s) Saint Louis (10)
Television broadcasters ESPNU
Website NCAA.com

The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, sometimes known as the College Cup, is an American intercollegiate college 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. Since its inception, Saint Louis (10 titles), Indiana (8 titles), and Virginia (6 titles) have historically been the most successful Division I schools. Indiana has appeared in more College Cups (18) and has a higher winning percentage in post-season play (.768) than any other school in Division I soccer.

While 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 a neutral site predetermined by the NCAA prior to the start of the regular season.

Format[edit]

The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship is a 48-team, single-elimination tournament. In 2013, 23 spots will be reserved for the winners of automatic bids.

Conferences granted automatic qualification are:

Each conference determines the format for their conference championship, which determines the school who receives the automatic bid. Many use conference tournaments, although some conferences award the championship and automatic bid to the regular season champion. The remaining 25 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 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.

Notre Dame is the reigning champion, having defeated Maryland in the 2013 final.

Past champions[edit]

NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship[2]
Year Final Third Place Match/Semifinalists Host City Host Stadium
Champion Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1959
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Saint Louis 5–2 Bridgeport CCNY, West Chester Storrs, CT Memorial Stadium
1960
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Saint Louis (2) 3–2 Maryland West Chester, Connecticut Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn College Field
1961
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West Chester 2–0 Saint Louis Bridgeport, Rutgers St. Louis, MO Public Schools Stadium
1962
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Saint Louis (3) 4–3 Maryland Springfield College, Michigan State St. Louis, MO Francis Field
1963
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Saint Louis (4) 3–0 Navy Maryland, Army Piscataway, NJ Rutgers Stadium
1964
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Navy 1–0 Michigan State Saint Louis, Army Providence, RI Brown Stadium
1965
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Saint Louis (5) 1–0 Michigan State Navy, Army St. Louis, MO Francis Field
1966
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San Francisco 5–2 Long Island Michigan State, Army Berkeley, CA California Memorial Stadium
1967
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Michigan State
Saint Louis (6)
0–0 † Navy, Long Island–Brooklyn St. Louis, MO Francis Field
1968
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Maryland
Michigan State (2)
2–2 (2OT) ‡ Brown, San Jose State Atlanta, GA Grant Field
1969
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Saint Louis (7) 4–0 San Francisco Maryland, Harvard San Jose, CA Spartan Stadium
1970
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Saint Louis (8) 1–0 UCLA Hartwick, Howard Edwardsville, IL Cougar Field, SIUE
1971
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Howard # 3–2 Saint Louis Harvard, San Francisco Miami, FL Miami Orange Bowl
1972
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Saint Louis (9) 4–2 UCLA Howard, Cornell Miami, FL Miami Orange Bowl
1973
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Saint Louis (10) 3–2 (OT) UCLA Brown, Clemson Miami, FL Miami Orange Bowl
1974
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Howard 2–1 (4OT) Saint Louis Hartwick 3–1 UCLA St. Louis, MO Busch Memorial Stadium
1975
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San Francisco (2) 4–0 SIU Edwardsville Brown 2–0 Howard Edwardsville, IL Cougar Field, SIUE
1976
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San Francisco (3) 1–0 Indiana Hartwick 4–3 Clemson Philadelphia, PA Franklin Field
1977
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Hartwick 2–1 San Francisco SIU Edwardsville 3–2 Brown Berkeley, CA California Memorial Stadium
1978
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San Francisco # 2–0 Indiana Clemson 6–2 Philadelphia U. Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium
1979
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SIU Edwardsville 3–2 Clemson Penn State 2–1 Columbia Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium
1980
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San Francisco (4) 4–3 (OT) Indiana Hartwick, Alabama A&M Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium
1981
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Connecticut 2–1 (OT) Alabama A&M Eastern Illinois #, Philadelphia U. Palo Alto, CA Stanford Stadium
1982
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Indiana 2–1 (8OT) Duke Connecticut, SIU Edwardsville Fort Lauderdale, FL Lockhart Stadium
1983
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Indiana (2) 1–0 (2OT) Columbia Connecticut, Virginia Fort Lauderdale, FL Lockhart Stadium
1984
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Clemson 2–1 Indiana Hartwick, UCLA Seattle, WA Kingdome
1985
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UCLA 1–0 (8OT) American Hartwick, Evansville Seattle, WA Kingdome
1986
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Duke 1–0 Akron Harvard, Fresno State Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
1987
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Clemson (2) 2–0 San Diego State Harvard, North Carolina Clemson, SC Riggs Field
1988
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Indiana (3) 1–0 Howard Portland, South Carolina Bloomington, IN Bill Armstrong Stadium
1989
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Santa Clara
Virginia
1–1 (2OT) † Indiana, Rutgers Piscataway, NJ Rutgers Stadium
1990
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UCLA (2) 0–0 (4OT)
(4–3 pen)
Rutgers Evansville, NC State Tampa, FL USF Soccer Stadium
1991
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Virginia (2) 0–0 (4OT)
(3–1 pen)
Santa Clara Indiana, Saint Louis Tampa, FL USF Soccer Stadium
1992
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Virginia (3) 2–0 San Diego Duke, Davidson Davidson, NC Richardson Stadium
1993
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Virginia (4) 2–0 South Carolina Cal State–Fullerton, Princeton Davidson, NC Richardson Stadium
1994
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Virginia (5) 1–0 Indiana UCLA, Rutgers Davidson, NC Richardson Stadium
1995
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Wisconsin 2–0 Duke Virginia, Portland Richmond, VA Richmond Stadium
1996
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St. John's 4–1 FIU Creighton, Charlotte Richmond, VA Richmond Stadium
1997
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UCLA (3) 2–0 Virginia Indiana, Saint Louis Richmond, VA Richmond Stadium
1998
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Indiana (4) 3–1 Stanford Maryland, Santa Clara Richmond, VA Richmond Stadium
1999
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Indiana (5) 1–0 Santa Clara Connecticut, UCLA Charlotte, NC Ericsson Stadium
2000
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Connecticut (2) 2–0 Creighton Indiana, SMU Charlotte, NC Ericsson Stadium
2001
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North Carolina 2–0 Indiana Stanford, St. John's Columbus, OH Columbus Crew Stadium
2002
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UCLA (4) 1–0 Stanford Maryland, Creighton University Park, TX Gerald J. Ford Stadium
2003
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Indiana (6) 2–1 St. John's Maryland, Santa Clara Columbus, OH Columbus Crew Stadium
2004
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Indiana (7) 1–1 (2OT)
(3–2 pen)
UC Santa Barbara Maryland, Duke Carson, CA Home Depot Center
2005
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Maryland (2) 1–0 New Mexico SMU, Clemson Cary, NC SAS Soccer Park
2006
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UC Santa Barbara 2–1 UCLA Wake Forest, Virginia St. Louis, MO Hermann Stadium
2007
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Wake Forest 2–1 Ohio State Virginia Tech, Massachusetts Cary, NC SAS Soccer Park
2008
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Maryland (3) 1–0 North Carolina St. John's, Wake Forest Frisco, TX Pizza Hut Park
2009
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Virginia (6) 0–0 (2OT)
(3–2 pen)
Akron Wake Forest, North Carolina Cary, NC WakeMed Soccer Park
2010
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Akron 1–0 Louisville North Carolina, Michigan Santa Barbara, CA Harder Stadium
2011
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North Carolina (2) 1–0 Charlotte UCLA, Creighton Hoover, AL Regions Park
2012
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Indiana (8) 1–0 Georgetown Maryland, Creighton Hoover, AL Regions Park
2013
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Notre Dame 2–1 Maryland New Mexico, Virginia Chester, PA PPL Park
2014 TBD TBD TBD TBD Cary, NC WakeMed Soccer Park

Side Notes:

  • † Co-champions—Game called due to weather
  • ‡ Co-champions—Game was declared a draw
  • # Disqualified (DQ) at a later time

Most successful schools[edit]

Schools ranked by titles[edit]

Rank School Titles
1 Saint Louis 10
2 Indiana 8
3 Virginia 6
4 San Francisco 4
UCLA 4
6 Maryland 3
7 Connecticut 2
Michigan State 2
North Carolina 2
Clemson 2

Schools ranked by College Cup appearances[edit]

Rank School Apps
1 Indiana 18
2 Saint Louis 16
3 Maryland 13
UCLA 13
5 Virginia 11
6 Clemson 7
Hartwick College 7
North Carolina 7
San Francisco 7
7 Connecticut 6
Michigan State 6

Schools ranked by all-time results[edit]

Rank
(wins)
Team W L D Pct.
1 Indiana 83 27 4 .746
2 Saint Louis 67 44 5 .599
3 UCLA 66 36 1 .646
4 Virginia 53 28 4 .647
5 Clemson 47 24 1 .660
6 Maryland 47 25 6 .609
7 Hartwick College 36 23 0 .610
8 Connecticut 38 26 5 .587
9 San Francisco 36 26 1 .579
10 Brown 35 28 1 .573

Schools ranked by number of appearances[edit]

Rank School Apps
1 Saint Louis 47
2 UCLA 42
3 Indiana 39
4 Virginia 36
5 Connecticut 34
6 Maryland 31
7 Penn State 31
8 San Francisco 30
9 SMU 29
10 Clemson 27

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