THE ROAD TO THE NCAA COLLEGE CUP
D-I Women's College Soccer tournament begins November 12 and
concludes with the College Cup (Final Four) over the December 2-4, 2011
weekend in Kennesaw, GA.
The girls CASL Soccer Showcase
tournament for U15-19 Girls runs concurrently with the College cup in
the area surrounding Cary with games during the day to allow for
attendance at the College Cup. CASL is one of the diamond
showcases for colleges looking to recruit the best high school players.
2011 NCAA D-I Men's College Soccer tournament begins November 18 and
concludes with the College Cup over the December 10-12, 2010 weekend in
Santa Barbara, California.
2011 NCAA D-II Women's College Soccer tournament begins November 12
and concludes on December 3-4th with the championship in Pensacola, FL.
The NCAA D-I soccer championship is a
single-elimination tournament featuring 64 college soccer teams, both
conference champions and at-large champions. 34 Conference tournament
champions receive automatic bids. The remaining slots 30 slots are
at-large berths and are chosen by a selection committee appointed by the
NCAA. The selection process and tournament seedings are based on
RPI data and rankings and win-loss records and a some intangibles.
Playoff brackets are constructed with
minimizing travel expenses in mind. While this does present some of the
best teams with being eliminated early, at the same time it creates some
very exciting matches. There are 64 teams who receive
invitations, some for outright winning their conference, conference
tournament; and other receiving at-large invitations because they are in
power conferences. The tournament is split into four (4) regions,
though not geographical, with each region having four seeds. In all
regions, the #1 seed plays the #16 seed; the #2 team plays the #15, and
so on. The effect of this seeding structure ensures that the better a
team is seeded, the worse-seeded their opponents will be. The brackets
are not reseeded after each round.
field varsity soccer teams
2009 NCAA Eligibility