NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship

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Women's Division I Soccer Championship
Founded1982
Number of teams64
Current champions Florida State(2)
Most successful club(s) North Carolina (21 and 3-time runner-up)

Notre Dame (3 and 5-times runner-up)

Florida State (2 and 2-time runner-up)
Television broadcasters ESPNU
Website NCAA.com
2017 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament

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

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History

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 21 national championships of the 31 NCAA tournaments contested. They also won the only AIAW national championship in soccer in 1981. The Tar Heels have reached the College Cup 26 times. Head coach Anson Dorrance is considered one of the greatest women's soccer coaches in NCAA history, leading the Tar Heels since the inception of the program in 1979.

Only five other schools have multiple titles, Notre Dame (3 titles, 5-times runner-up and 12 College Cup appearances),Florida State (2 titles, 2-time runner-up and 10 college cup appearances) Portland (2 titles, 1-time runner-up and 8 College Cup appearances), USC (2 titles, 2 College Cup appearances), and Stanford (2 titles, 2-times runner-up and 8 College Cup appearances).

Champions

NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship
YearSite
(Host)
StadiumTeam ChampionshipThird Place Final / SemifinalistsAttendance
ChampionScoreRunner-upChampionScoreRunner-up
1982
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Orlando, Florida
(Central Florida)
University of Central Florida North Carolina 1–0 Central Florida Connecticut 2–1 UMSL 1,000
1983
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North Carolina (2)4–0 George Mason Massachusetts1–0Connecticut700
1984
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
(North Carolina)
Fetzer Field North Carolina (3)2–0Connecticut Massachusetts 4–1 California 3,500
1985
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Fairfax, Virginia
(George Mason)
George Mason Stadium George Mason2–0North Carolina Colorado College, Massachusetts4,500
1986
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North Carolina (4)2–0Colorado CollegeGeorge Mason, Massachusetts1,000
1987
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Amherst, Massachusetts
(Massachusetts)
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium North Carolina (5)1–0MassachusettsCalifornia, Central Florida3,651
1988
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
(North Carolina)
Fetzer FieldNorth Carolina (6)4–1 NC State California, Wisconsin 3,500
1989
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Raleigh, North Carolina
(NC State)
Method Road Soccer Stadium North Carolina (7)2–0Colorado CollegeNC State, Santa Clara 1,625
1990
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
(North Carolina)
Fetzer FieldNorth Carolina (8)6–0ConnecticutColorado College, Santa Clara3,200
1991
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North Carolina (9)3–1WisconsinColorado College, Virginia 3,800
1992
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North Carolina (10)9–1 Duke Hartford, Santa Clara3,573
1993
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North Carolina (11)6–0George MasonMassachusetts, Stanford 5,721
1994
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Portland, Oregon
(Portland)
Merlo Field North Carolina (12)5–0 Notre Dame Connecticut, Portland 5,000
1995
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
(North Carolina)
Fetzer FieldNotre Dame1–0
(3OT)
PortlandNorth Carolina, SMU 6,926
1996
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Santa Clara, California
(Santa Clara)
Buck Shaw Stadium North Carolina (13)1–0
(2OT)
Notre DamePortland, Santa Clara8,800
1997
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Greensboro, North Carolina
(UNC Greensboro)
UNCG Soccer Stadium North Carolina (14)2–0ConnecticutNotre Dame, Santa Clara3,200
1998
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Florida 1–0North CarolinaPortland, Santa Clara10,583
1999
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San Jose, California
(San Jose State)
Spartan Stadium North Carolina (15)2–0Notre Dame Penn State, Santa Clara14,410
2000
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North Carolina (16)2–1 UCLA Notre Dame, Portland9,566
2001
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University Park, Texas
(SMU)
Gerald J. Ford Stadium Santa Clara1–0North CarolinaFlorida, Portland7,090
2002
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Austin, Texas
(Texas)
Mike A. Myers Stadium Portland2–1
(OT)
Santa ClaraNorth Carolina, Penn State10,027
2003
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Cary, North Carolina SAS Soccer Park North Carolina (17)6–0Connecticut Florida State, UCLA10,042
2004
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Notre Dame (2)1–1
(4–3 pen)
UCLA Princeton, Santa Clara7,644
2005
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College Station, Texas
(Texas A&M)
Aggie Soccer StadiumPortland (2)4–0UCLAFlorida State, Penn State6,578
2006
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Cary, North CarolinaSAS Soccer ParkNorth Carolina (18)2–1Notre DameFlorida State, UCLA8,349
2007
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College Station, Texas
(Texas A&M)
Aggie Soccer Stadium USC 2–0Florida StateNotre Dame, UCLA8,255
2008
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Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina (19)2–1Notre DameStanford, UCLA9,055
2009
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College Station, Texas
(Texas A&M)
Aggie Soccer StadiumNorth Carolina (20)1–0StanfordNotre Dame, UCLA8,536
2010
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Cary, North CarolinaWakeMed Soccer ParkNotre Dame (3)1–0Stanford Boston College, Ohio State 7,833
2011
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Kennesaw, Georgia
(Kennesaw State)
Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium Stanford1–0DukeFlorida State, Wake Forest 9,241
2012
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San Diego
(San Diego)
Torero Stadium North Carolina (21)4–1Penn StateFlorida State, Stanford7,289
2013
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Cary, North CarolinaWakeMed Soccer ParkUCLA1–0
(OT)
Florida StateVirginia, Virginia Tech 8,806*
2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
(Florida Atlantic)
FAU Stadium Florida State1–0VirginiaStanford, Texas A&M 4,137
2015
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Cary, North CarolinaWakeMed Soccer Park Penn State 1–0DukeFlorida State, Rutgers 10,676
2016
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San Jose, California Avaya Stadium USC (2)3–1 West Virginia Georgetown, North Carolina6,612
2017
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Orlando, Florida Orlando City Stadium Stanford (2)3-2UCLA South Carolina, Duke1,938
2018
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Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park Florida State (2)1–0North CarolinaStanford Georgetown

Team titles

TeamNumberYears won
North Carolina 21 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
Notre Dame 3 1995, 2004, 2010
Portland 2 2002, 2005
USC 2 2007, 2016
Stanford 2 2011, 2017
Florida State 2 2014, 2018
Florida 1 1998
George Mason 1 1985
Penn State 1 2015
Santa Clara 1 2001
UCLA 1 2013

College Cup Appearances

No.SchoolCollege Cup YearsNCAA AppearancesChampionships
28 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, 2016, 20183321
12 Notre Dame 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010203
10 Santa Clara 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004221
10 Florida State 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018172
10 UCLA 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2017171
9 Stanford 1993, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018242
8 Portland 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005192
7 Connecticut 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2003290
6 Massachusetts 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1993150
5 Colorado College 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 199190
5 Penn State 1999, 2002, 2005, 2012, 2015211
4 George Mason 1983, 1985, 1986, 1993111
3 California 1984, 1987, 1988200
3 Virginia 1991, 2013, 2014250
4 Duke 1992, 2011, 2015, 2017180
2 Florida 1998, 2001161
2 NC State 1988, 1989110
2 UCF 1982, 1987170
2 USC 2007, 2016142
2 Wisconsin 1988, 1991170
1 Boston College 2010150
2 Georgetown 2016, 201870
1 Hartford 1992130
1 Ohio State 201070
1 Princeton 200490
1 Rutgers 2015100
1 SMU 1995120
1 Texas A&M 2014200
1 UMSL 198220
1 Virginia Tech 201380
1 Wake Forest 2011160
1 West Virginia 2016170
1 South Carolina 2017110

See also

Notes and references