NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship

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Women's Division I Soccer Championship
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Founded 1982
Number of teams 64
Current champions UCLA (1)
Most successful club(s) North Carolina (21)
Television broadcasters ESPNU
Website NCAA.com

The NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, sometimes known as the Women's College Cup, is an American intercollegiate college soccer tournament conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and determines the Division I women's national champion.

History[edit]

The NCAA began conducting a single division Women's Soccer Championship tournament in 1982 with a 12-team tournament. The tournament became the Division I Championship in 1986, when Division III was created for non-scholarship programs. Currently, the tournament field consists of 64 teams. The semifinals and final of the tournament, held at a single site every year, are collectively known as the Women's College Cup (analogous to the College Cup in men's soccer).

Historically, North Carolina has been the dominant school in Division I women's soccer. Known widely as one of the most successful collegiate programs in any NCAA sport, the Tar Heels have won an astounding 21 national championships of the 31 NCAA tournaments contested. Also, they have reached the College Cup 26 times. Head coach Anson Dorrance is considered the greatest women's soccer coach in NCAA history, leading the Tar Heels since the inception of the program in 1979.

Other successful schools include Notre Dame (3 titles), Portland (2 titles), Santa Clara (1 title), and more recently Stanford (1 title, and 4 consecutive college cup appearances from 2008-2011).[1]

Champions[edit]

Year Champion
(no. championships)
Score Runner-up Other finalists Venue City Attendance
1982 North Carolina 1–0 UCF Connecticut, Mo–St Louis University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 1,000
1983 North Carolina (2) 4–0 George Mason Connecticut, Massachusetts University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 700
1984 North Carolina (3) 2–0 Connecticut California, Massachusetts Fetzer Field Chapel Hill, NC 3,500
1985 George Mason 2–0 North Carolina Colorado College, Massachusetts George Mason University Fairfax, VA 4,500
1986 North Carolina (4) 2–0 Colorado College George Mason, Massachusetts George Mason University Fairfax, VA 1,000
1987 North Carolina (5) 1–0 Massachusetts California, UCF Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium Amherst, MA 3,651
1988 North Carolina (6) 4–1 NC State California, Wisconsin Fetzer Field Chapel Hill, NC 3,500
1989 North Carolina (7) 2–0 Colorado College NC State, Santa Clara Method Road Soccer Stadium Raleigh, NC 1,625
1990 North Carolina (8) 6–0 Connecticut Colorado College, Santa Clara Fetzer Field Chapel Hill, NC 3,200
1991 North Carolina (9) 3–1 Wisconsin Colorado College, Virginia Fetzer Field Chapel Hill, NC 3,800
1992 North Carolina (10) 9–1 Duke Hartford, Santa Clara Fetzer Field Chapel Hill, NC 3,573
1993 North Carolina (11) 6–0 George Mason Massachusetts, Stanford Fetzer Field Chapel Hill, NC 5,721
1994 North Carolina (12) 5–0 Notre Dame Connecticut, Portland Merlo Field Portland, OR 5,000
1995 Notre Dame 1–0 (3 OT) Portland North Carolina, SMU Fetzer Field Chapel Hill, NC 6,926
1996 North Carolina (13) 1–0 (2 OT) Notre Dame Portland, Santa Clara Buck Shaw Stadium Santa Clara, CA 8,800
1997 North Carolina (14) 2–0 Connecticut Notre Dame, Santa Clara UNCG Soccer Stadium Greensboro, NC 9,460
1998 Florida 1–0 North Carolina Portland, Santa Clara UNCG Soccer Stadium Greensboro, NC 10,583
1999 North Carolina (15) 2–0 Notre Dame Penn State, Santa Clara Spartan Stadium San Jose, CA 14,410
2000 North Carolina (16) 2–1 UCLA Notre Dame, Portland Spartan Stadium San Jose, CA 9,566
2001 Santa Clara 1–0 North Carolina Florida, Portland Gerald J. Ford Stadium University Park, TX 7,090
2002 Portland 2–1 (OT) Santa Clara North Carolina, Penn State Mike A. Myers Stadium Austin, TX 10,027
2003 North Carolina (17) 6–0 Connecticut Florida State, UCLA WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, NC 10,042
2004 Notre Dame (2) 1–1 (4–3 pen) UCLA Princeton, Santa Clara WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, NC 7,644
2005 Portland (2) 4–0 UCLA Florida State, Penn State Aggie Soccer Stadium College Station, TX 6,578
2006 North Carolina (18) 2–1 Notre Dame Florida State, UCLA WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, NC 8,349
2007 USC 2–0 Florida State Notre Dame, UCLA Aggie Soccer Stadium College Station, TX 8,255
2008 North Carolina (19) 2–1 Notre Dame Stanford, UCLA WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, NC 9,055
2009 North Carolina (20) 1–0 Stanford Notre Dame, UCLA Aggie Soccer Stadium College Station, TX 8,536
2010 Notre Dame (3) 1–0 Stanford Boston College, Ohio State WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, NC 7,833
2011 Stanford 1–0 Duke Florida State, Wake Forest Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium Kennesaw, GA 9,241
2012 North Carolina (21) 4–1 Penn State Florida State, Stanford Torero Stadium San Diego, CA 7,289
2013 UCLA (1) 1-0 (OT) Florida State Virginia, Virginia Tech WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, NC 8,806*
2014 FAU Stadium Fort Lauderdale, FL
2015 WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, NC
2016 Orlando City SC Stadium Orlando, FL
2017 Orlando City SC Stadium Orlando, FL
  • The reported attendance for 2013 is the number of tickets sold for the match. Actual game attendance was less than 3000, probably related to extremely unfavorable weather conditions.

College Cup Appearances[edit]

  • Through 2013
  • Asterisk = won national championship
No. School College Cup Years NCAA Appearances Championships
26 North Carolina 1982*, 1983*, 1984*, 1985, 1986*, 1987*, 1988*, 1989*, 1990*, 1991*, 1992*, 1993*, 1994*, 1995, 1996*, 1997*, 1998, 1999*, 2000*, 2001, 2002, 2003*, 2006*, 2008*, 2009*, 2012* 31 21
12 Notre Dame 1994, 1995*, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004*, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010* 19 3
10 Santa Clara 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001*, 2002, 2004 22 1
9 UCLA 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013* 16 1
8 Portland 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002*, 2005* 19 2
7 Connecticut 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2003 28 0
7 Florida State 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013 13 0
6 Stanford 1993, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011*, 2012 22 1
6 Massachusetts 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1993 15 0
5 Colorado College 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991 9 0
4 George Mason 1983, 1985*, 1986, 1993 11 1
4 Penn State 1999, 2002, 2005, 2012 18 0
3 California 1984, 1987, 1988 19 0
2 UCF 1982, 1987 16 0
2 Duke 1992, 2011 18 0
2 Florida 1998*, 2001 15 1
2 N.C. State 1988, 1989 11 0
2 Virginia 1991, 2013 24 0
2 Wisconsin 1988, 1991 16 0
1 Boston College 2010 15 0
1 Hartford 1992 13 0
1 Mo-St Louis 1982 2 0
1 Ohio State 2010 7 0
1 Princeton 2004 9 0
1 SMU 1995 12 0
1 USC 2007* 12 1
1 Virginia Tech 2013 ? 0
1 Wake Forest 2011 16 0

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