|Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer|
|University||University of Virginia|
|Head coach||George Gelnovatch (24th season)|
|Stadium|| Klöckner Stadium |
|Colors||Orange and Blue |
|NCAA Tournament championships|
|1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament runner-up|
|NCAA Tournament College Cup|
|1983, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1969, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2019|
|Conference Regular Season championships|
|1969, 1970, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2019|
The Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer team represent the University of Virginia in all NCAA Division I men's soccer competitions. The Virginia Cavaliers are a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The University of Virginia is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was founded in 1819 by Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson. It is the flagship university of Virginia and home to Jefferson's Academical Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UVA is known for its historic foundations, student-run honor code, and secret societies.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.
College soccer is played by teams composed of soccer players who are enrolled in colleges and universities. While it is most widespread in the United States, it is also prominent in South Korea and Canada. The institutions typically hire full-time professional coaches and staff, although the student athletes are strictly amateur and are not paid. College soccer in the United States is sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the sports regulatory body for major universities, and by the governing bodies for smaller universities and colleges. This sport is played on a rectangular field of the dimensions of about 64m (meters) - 70m sideline to sideline (width), and 100m - 110m goal line to goal line (length).
Virginia has an extensive reputation as one of the most elite collegiate soccer programs of the United States.The program has produced several prominent United States national team players such as Claudio Reyna, John Harkes, Jeff Agoos, Ben Olsen, and Tony Meola. Former two-time U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena coached Virginia to five College Cup titles in a six-year period during the 1980s and 1990s, and his protégé George Gelnovatch has since guided the Cavaliers to five College Cup Final Fours and two NCAA Championships.
The United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) represents the United States of America in international soccer competition. The team is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and is a member of FIFA and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.
Claudio Reyna is a retired American soccer player and the current director of football operations for New York City FC.
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The Cavaliers have, as of 2019, made the College Cup tournament bracket for a record 39 consecutive years, the most of any team in the history of the sport. The program has won seven NCAA Championships (1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009, 2014) and have the most national titles of any program since 1990. Virginia ranks third overall in the sport's championship history since 1959.
The University of Virginia first fielded a varsity men's soccer team in 1941 as a member of the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association. In their first season, the team posted a winless record, losing all nine of their matches. The Atlantic Coast Conference added soccer in 1955, followed by the first NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship in 1959. The team made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 1969.
The NCAA held its first men's National Collegiate Soccer Championship in 1959, with eight teams selected for the tournament. Before 1959, national champions were selected by a committee of the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association (ISFA) based on season records and competition. In addition, the College Soccer Bowl tournament was held from 1950–1952 for the purpose of deciding a national champion on the field. The Soccer Bowl was a one-site competition involving four teams selected by college soccer administrators. However, the ISFA committee continued to select the national champion in those three years.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference located in the Southern United States. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the conference consists of fifteen member universities, each of whom compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.
Bruce Arena became Virginia's soccer and assistant lacrosse coach in 1978, moving exclusively to soccer in 1985. The Cavaliers' first tournament victory, over William and Mary in 1983 (a team featuring future comedian Jon Stewart), sparked a run to their first College Cup appearance.
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The Virginia Cavaliers men's lacrosse team represents the University of Virginia in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse. Virginia currently competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and plays its home games at Klöckner Stadium, or occasionally Turf Field or Scott Stadium, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Claiming eight national titles and most recently winning the 2019 NCAA Lacrosse Championship, Virginia is one of the all-time great collegiate lacrosse programs. With a record of 17–0, Virginia's 2006 team set the NCAA record for wins in a season and are the most recent undefeated national champions of the sport.
The William & Mary Tribe men's soccer team represents the College of William & Mary in NCAA Division I college soccer. The team belongs to the Colonial Athletic Association and plays home games at Albert-Daly Field. As of the 2019 season, the Tribe are led by 16th-year head coach Chris Norris. The team has an all-time record 559–319–108 (.630) since its founding in 1967. The Tribe have made 15 appearances in the NCAA tournament with a combined record of 9–15–2.
The Cavaliers have qualified for the NCAA tournament every year since 1981; those 39 appearances are a record for men's soccer and one of the longest streaks in any NCAA sport. Their apex came in the late 1980s to early 1990s under Arena, when the team won five national collegiate championships in the span of six years. Future U.S. men's national team stars such as John Harkes and Claudio Reyna were members of these championship teams.
Virginia's first championship, in 1989, came in one of the most famous games in the history of college soccer. Played at Rutgers University on December 3 against Santa Clara, the wind chill was ten degrees below zero at kickoff and fell further during the game. Virginia led the defensive slugfest 1–0 before a rare mistake from Curt Onalfo in the 84th minute allowed Santa Clara to send the game to overtime. As NCAA rules had recently changed to limit games to one 30-minute overtime followed by a 30-minute sudden-death period – after the 1985 final required eight 10-minute extra periods – and did not allow penalty kicks in the final, Virginia and Santa Clara were declared co-champions when the game remained tied 1–1 after 150 minutes.
The Cavaliers went on to win the 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994 editions of the tournament, and as the first overall seed were upset in the semifinals in 1995. The four consecutive championships remains an NCAA record; no other team managed even three in a row until Stanford did so in 2017.
Arena departed for the new men's professional league Major League Soccer in 1996, where he led D.C. United to three MLS Cup titles, two Supporters' Shields and a CONCACAF Champions League title. He was replaced by longtime assistant George Gelnovatch, who remains the coach today. Gelnovatch returned the team to the 1997 final, where they lost 2–0 to UCLA.
After a string of early-round exits in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the team returned to the College Cup in 2006 and the national championship game in 2009. Playing against the upstart Akron Zips that year, the Cavaliers were able to prevail in a penalty kick shootout to claim their sixth NCAA title, and their first national championship since the Arena years. Virginia added a seventh NCAA championship by defeating UCLA in a shootout in the 2014 tournament.
One of the earliest soccer-specific stadiums in college soccer, the Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer team plays their home matches at the 8,000-seater Klöckner Stadium. Since its opening in 1997, the Cavaliers have enjoyed some of the highest reported attendance figures in American college soccer.
The stadium has 3,600 grandstand seats along with an additional 3,400 grass seats. It is shared with the women's soccer team, as well as the men's and women's lacrosse teams.
Both UVA and Maryland have NCAA Championship programs in men's soccer. The Virginia Cavaliers have won seven NCAA Championships to Maryland's four. When they were both in the Atlantic Coast Conference, some cited the rivalry between the Cavaliers and the Maryland Terrapins as one of the most bitter rivalries in college soccer.In 2011, FirstPoint USA rated the rivalry as the third best rivalry in college soccer.
The Terrapins' departure to the Big Ten has put the annual rivalry on hiatus. Maryland recorded a 1–0 victory in the 2015 NCAA tournament and No. 12 Virginia dethroned No. 1 Maryland, 2–0, in a regular season game on September 2, 2019, helping Virginia to take over the No. 1 ranking weeks later.
As intra-conference members, and having a longstanding rivalry, another one of the top rivals of the Virginia Cavaliers is the Virginia Tech Hokies. The series between the two has been heavily dominated by the Cavaliers, who boast a 31–2–5 record and 14-match unbeaten streak against the Hokies.
Updated August 20, 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Athletic Director||Carla Williams|
|Head Coach||George Gelnovatch|
|Associate Head Coach||Matt Chulis|
|Assistant Coach||Ryan Hopkins|
|Performance Analyst||Carl Carpenter|
|1943–1945||No team due to World War II|
|1961||Gene Corrigan||9–3–0||1–3–0||4th||VISA Champions|
|1962||Gene Corrigan||5–4–1||1–3–0||4th||VISA Champions|
|1963||Gene Corrigan||7–2–1||2–1–1||2nd||VISA Champions|
|1969||Gordon Burris||9–1–2||4–0–1||1st|| VISA Co-Champions |
NCAA First Round
|1970||Gordon Burris||8–2–1||3–1–0||1st||VISA Champions|
|1977||Larry Gross||12–6–1||2–3–0||4th||VISA Champions|
|1979||Bruce Arena||12–4–1||3–1–1||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|1981||Bruce Arena||10–6–2||2–4–0||6th|| VISA Champions |
NCAA Second Round
|1982||Bruce Arena||16–2–2||3–1–2||3rd|| VISA Champions |
NCAA Second Round
|1983||Bruce Arena||16–5–0||5–1–0||1st||NCAA College Cup|
|1984||Bruce Arena||19–3–1||6–0–0||1st|| VISA Champions |
|1985||Bruce Arena||15–4–1||4–1–1||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1986||Bruce Arena||17–2–2||6–0–0||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1987||Bruce Arena||17–3–2||5–0–1||1st|| ACC Semifinals |
NCAA Second Round
|1988||Bruce Arena||18–1–3||5–0–1||1st|| ACC Champions |
|1989||Bruce Arena||21–2–2||5–0–1||1st||NCAA Co-Champions|
|1990||Bruce Arena||12–6–6||3–2–1||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|1991||Bruce Arena||19–1–2||5–1–0||1st|| ACC Champions |
|1992||Bruce Arena||21–2–1||5–1–0||1st|| ACC Champions |
|1993||Bruce Arena||22–3–0||4–2–0||3rd|| ACC Champions |
|1994||Bruce Arena||22–3–1||4–2–0||2nd|| ACC Champions |
|1995||Bruce Arena||21–1–2||4–0–2||1st|| ACC Champions |
NCAA College Cup
|1996||George Gelnovatch||16–3–3||4–0–2||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1997||George Gelnovatch||19–4–3||3–1–2||2nd|| ACC Champions |
|1998||George Gelnovatch||16–4–3||4–1–1||2nd||NCAA Quarterfinals|
|1999||George Gelnovatch||14–9–1||1–4–1||6th||NCAA Quarterfinals|
|2000||George Gelnovatch||17–6–1||5–1–0||1st||NCAA Quarterfinals|
|2001||George Gelnovatch||17–2–1||6–0–0||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2002||George Gelnovatch||15–7–0||3–3–0||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2003||George Gelnovatch||11–10–2||3–3–0||3rd||NCAA Third Round|
|2004||George Gelnovatch||18–5–1||4–3–1||4th||NCAA Quarterfinals|
|2005||George Gelnovatch||12–5–3||6–2–0||2nd||NCAA Third Round|
|2006||George Gelnovatch||17–4–1||5–3–0||3rd||NCAA College Cup|
|2007||George Gelnovatch||12–8–2||1–5–2||8th||NCAA Second Round|
|2008||George Gelnovatch||11–9–1||4–4–0||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2009||George Gelnovatch||19–3–3||4–3–1||5th||NCAA Champions|
|2010||George Gelnovatch||11–6–3||2–4–2||6th||NCAA First Round|
|2011||George Gelnovatch||12–8–1||4–3–1||3rd|| ACC Semifinals |
NCAA First Round
|2012||George Gelnovatch||10–7–1||3–4–1||6th|| ACC Semifinals |
NCAA Second Round
|2013||George Gelnovatch||13–6–5||4–3–4||6th|| ACC Runners-up |
NCAA College Cup
|2014||George Gelnovatch||13–6–4||3–3–2||4th, Coastal|| ACC Quarterfinals |
|2015||George Gelnovatch||10–5–3||4–2–2||3rd, Coastal|| ACC Quarterfinals |
NCAA Second Round
|2016||George Gelnovatch||10–3–5||4–2–3||2nd, Coastal|| ACC Quarterfinals |
NCAA Third Round
|2017||George Gelnovatch||13–4–5||3–2–3||3rd, Coastal|| ACC Runners-up |
NCAA Second Round
|2018||George Gelnovatch||10–4–3||3–2–2||3rd, Coastal|| ACC First Round |
NCAA Third Round
|2019||George Gelnovatch||17–1–1||6–1–1||1st, Coastal|| ACC Champions |
National champion Postseason invitational champion
* - Player has represented their country at the senior national team level
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