NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship

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Men's Division I Soccer Tournament
NCAA logo.svg
Founded 1959
Number of teams 48
Current champions Stanford
Most successful club(s) Saint Louis (10)
Television broadcasters ESPNU
ESPN Deportes
Website NCAA.com
2016 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.

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

Format[edit]

The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament is a 48-team, single-elimination tournament. In 2016, 24 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 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.

Past champions[edit]

NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament[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, Connecticut Memorial Stadium
1960
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Saint Louis (2) 3–2 Maryland West Chester, Connecticut Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn College Field
1961
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West Chester 2–0 Saint Louis Bridgeport, Rutgers St. Louis, Missouri Public Schools Stadium
1962
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Saint Louis (3) 4–3 Maryland Springfield College, Michigan State St. Louis, Missouri Francis Field
1963
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Saint Louis (4) 3–0 Navy Maryland, Army Piscataway, New Jersey Rutgers Stadium
1964
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Navy 1–0 Michigan State Saint Louis, Army Providence, Rhode Island Brown Stadium
1965
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Saint Louis (5) 1–0 Michigan State Navy, Army St. Louis, Missouri Francis Field
1966
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San Francisco 5–2 Long Island University Michigan State, Army Berkeley, California California Memorial Stadium
1967
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Michigan State
Saint Louis (6)
0–0 † Navy, Long Island–Brooklyn St. Louis, Missouri Francis Field
1968
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Maryland
Michigan State (2)
2–2 (2OT) ‡ Brown, San Jose State Atlanta Grant Field
1969
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Saint Louis (7) 4–0 San Francisco Maryland, Harvard San Jose, California Spartan Stadium
1970
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Saint Louis (8) 1–0 UCLA Hartwick, Howard Edwardsville, Illinois Cougar Field, SIUE
1971
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Howard # 3–2 Saint Louis Harvard, San Francisco Miami, Florida Miami Orange Bowl
1972
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Saint Louis (9) 4–2 UCLA Howard, Cornell Miami, Florida Miami Orange Bowl
1973
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Saint Louis (10) 3–2 (OT) UCLA Brown, Clemson Miami, Florida Miami Orange Bowl
1974
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Howard 2–1 (4OT) Saint Louis Hartwick 3–1 UCLA St. Louis, Missouri Busch Memorial Stadium
1975
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San Francisco (2) 4–0 SIU Edwardsville Brown 2–0 Howard Edwardsville, Illinois Cougar Field, SIUE
1976
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San Francisco (3) 1–0 Indiana Hartwick 4–3 Clemson Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Franklin Field
1977
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Hartwick 2–1 San Francisco SIU Edwardsville 3–2 Brown Berkeley, California California Memorial Stadium
1978
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San Francisco # 2–0 Indiana Clemson 6–2 Philadelphia U. Tampa, Florida Tampa Stadium
1979
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SIU Edwardsville 3–2 Clemson Penn State 2–1 Columbia Tampa, Florida Tampa Stadium
1980
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San Francisco (4) 4–3 (OT) Indiana Hartwick, Alabama A&M Tampa, Florida Tampa Stadium
1981
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Connecticut 2–1 (OT) Alabama A&M Eastern Illinois #, Philadelphia U. Palo Alto, California Stanford Stadium
1982
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Indiana 2–1 (8OT) Duke Connecticut, SIU Edwardsville Fort Lauderdale, Florida Lockhart Stadium
1983
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Indiana (2) 1–0 (2OT) Columbia Connecticut, Virginia Fort Lauderdale, Florida Lockhart Stadium
1984
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Clemson 2–1 Indiana Hartwick, UCLA Seattle, Washington Kingdome
1985
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UCLA 1–0 (8OT) American Hartwick, Evansville Seattle Kingdome
1986
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Duke 1–0 Akron Harvard, Fresno State Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Dome
1987
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Clemson (2) 2–0 San Diego State Harvard, North Carolina Clemson, South Carolina Riggs Field
1988
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Indiana (3) 1–0 Howard Portland, South Carolina Bloomington, Indiana Bill Armstrong Stadium
1989
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Santa Clara
Virginia
1–1 (4OT) † Indiana, Rutgers Piscataway, New Jersey Rutgers Stadium
1990
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UCLA (2) 0–0 (4OT)
(4–3 pen)
Rutgers Evansville, NC State Tampa, Florida USF Soccer Stadium
1991
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Virginia (2) 0–0 (4OT)
(3–1 pen)
Santa Clara Indiana, Saint Louis Tampa, Florida USF Soccer Stadium
1992
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Virginia (3) 2–0 San Diego Duke, Davidson Davidson, North Carolina Richardson Stadium
1993
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Virginia (4) 2–0 South Carolina Cal State–Fullerton, Princeton Davidson, North Carolina Richardson Stadium
1994
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Virginia (5) 1–0 Indiana UCLA, Rutgers Davidson, North Carolina Richardson Stadium
1995
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Wisconsin 2–0 Duke Virginia, Portland Richmond, Virginia Richmond Stadium
1996
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St. John's 4–1 FIU Creighton, Charlotte Richmond, Virginia Richmond Stadium
1997
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UCLA (3) 2–0 Virginia Indiana, Saint Louis Richmond, Virginia Richmond Stadium
1998
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Indiana (4) 3–1 Stanford Maryland, Santa Clara Richmond, Virginia Richmond Stadium
1999
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Indiana (5) 1–0 Santa Clara Connecticut, UCLA Charlotte, North Carolina Ericsson Stadium
2000
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Connecticut (2) 2–0 Creighton Indiana, SMU Charlotte, North Carolina Ericsson Stadium
2001
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North Carolina 2–0 Indiana Stanford, St. John's Columbus, Ohio Columbus Crew Stadium
2002
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UCLA (4) 1–0 Stanford Maryland, Creighton University Park, Texas Gerald J. Ford Stadium
2003
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Indiana (6) 2–1 St. John's Maryland, Santa Clara Columbus, Ohio Columbus Crew Stadium
2004
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Indiana (7) 1–1 (2OT)
(3–2 pen)
UC Santa Barbara Maryland, Duke Carson, California Home Depot Center
2005
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Maryland (2) 1–0 New Mexico SMU, Clemson Cary, North Carolina SAS Soccer Park
2006
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UC Santa Barbara 2–1 UCLA Wake Forest, Virginia St. Louis, Missouri Hermann Stadium
2007
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Wake Forest 2–1 Ohio State Virginia Tech, Massachusetts Cary, North Carolina SAS Soccer Park
2008
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Maryland (3) 1–0 North Carolina St. John's, Wake Forest Frisco, Texas Pizza Hut Park
2009
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Virginia (6) 0–0 (2OT)
(3–2 pen)
Akron Wake Forest, North Carolina Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park
2010
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Akron 1–0 Louisville North Carolina, Michigan Santa Barbara, California Harder Stadium
2011
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North Carolina (2) 1–0 Charlotte UCLA, Creighton Hoover, Alabama Regions Park
2012
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Indiana (8) 1–0 Georgetown Maryland, Creighton Hoover, Alabama Regions Park
2013
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Notre Dame 2–1 Maryland New Mexico, Virginia Chester, Pennsylvania PPL Park
2014
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Virginia (7) 0–0 (2OT)
(4–2 pen)
UCLA Providence, UMBC Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park
2015
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Stanford 4–0 Clemson Akron, Syracuse Kansas City, Kansas Children's Mercy Park
2016
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Stanford (2) 0–0 (2OT)
(5–4 pen)
Wake Forest Denver, North Carolina Houston, Texas BBVA Compass Stadium
2017
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Chester, Pennsylvania Talen Energy Stadium

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]