College Bound Student Athletes
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) conducted the first Men’s Soccer National Championship in 1959 with a four- team invitational tournament. Today, there are over 200 NAIA schools across the country that sponsor Men’s Soccer.
Currently, the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship is a 32-team single elimination tournament. Teams are seeded 1-32 using the NAIA modified RPI (Rating Percentage Index). The National Championship begins with all 32 teams competing in 16 Opening Round matches played on campus sites nationwide. The 16 Opening Round winners then advance to the final site where a National Champion is eventually crowned.
Women’s soccer was added to the championship event program in 1984-85. Today, the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship is a 31-team single elimination tournament. Teams are seeded 1-31 using a modified RPI (Rating Percentage Index) system. Thirty-one (31) teams compete in 15 National Championship Opening Round matches played on campus sites nationwide. One host berth is given to Mobile (Ala.), who automatically advances to the final site. Opening-round winners will meet at the final site.