NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship

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Men's Division II Soccer Championship
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Founded1972
RegionUnited States
Number of teams40
Current championsCharleston (WV) (2)
Most successful club(s)Southern Connecticut
(6)
Website[1]

The NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship is the annual tournament held by the NCAA to determine the top men's Division II college soccer program in the United States. It has been played annually since 1972; prior to then, all teams competed in a single class.

The most successful program has been Southern Connecticut State, with 6 national titles.

The current champion is Charleston (WV). The Golden Eagles won their second title in 2019, defeating Cal State Los Angeles in the final, 2–0.

Format[edit]

The Division II tournament is structured around four unbalanced Super Regionals from the eight NCAA regions (Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast, and West). At least two and as many as six teams from each region are selected with no automatic qualifiers given. The selection criteria used is similar to that used in Division I, although one difference is that the RPI is replaced with the Quality of Winning Percentage Index, a more subjective measure. In 2016, the tournament field consisted of a 38-team, single-elimination tournament.

The first two rounds are played on campus sites with the highest seed usually hosting the regional semis and finals. The winners of each region meet in the third round and/or quarterfinals, with the host being determined by specific criteria or, failing that, geographical rotation. The final two rounds are played at a predetermined site. The 2016 semifinals and final, for example, were held at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri and hosted by the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and the Kansas City Sports Commission.[1]

Finals hosting history[edit]

From 1982 through 2002, the highest seeded finalist or semifinalist school was designated as the host for the finals. The University of Tampa has hosted the finals seven times, more than any other school. Florida International is the only school to have hosted four championships in a row. The championship final has been played in the state of Florida on 22 occasions, 18 more time than any other state. On seven occasions the host team has won the championship.

Host School/Conference Total Years[2][3] Venues
Tampa 7 1983, 1987, 1992, 1994, 2001, 2008, 2009 Pepin-Rood Stadium (5), Pepin Stadium (2)
Florida International 6 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1985 Sunblazers Stadium
West Florida 4 2006, 2007, 2011, 2015 Ashton Brosnaham Stadium (3), Orange Beach Sportsplex (1)
Seattle Pacific 4 1975, 1976, 1984, 1986 Memorial Stadium
Florida Tech 3 1990, 1991, 1993 FIT Varsity Field (2), Florida Tech Panther Stadium (1)
Slippery Rock 2 2018, 2019 Highmark Stadium
Mid-America IAA 2 2016, 2017 Swope Soccer Village
Peach Belt Conference 2 2012, 2013 Blanchard Woods Park (Evans, GA)
Bellarmine 2 2010, 2014 Owsley B. Frazier Stadium
Midwestern State 2 2004, 2005 MSU Soccer Field
2 2002, 2003 Virginia Beach Sportsplex
Barry 2 1999, 2000 Buccaneer Field
USC Spartanburg 2 1995, 1998 Rifle Field
Lynn 1 1997 McCusker Sports Complex
Grand Canyon 1 1996 GCU Field
UNC Greensboro 1 1989 Campus Field
Cal State Northridge 1 1988 North Campus Stadium
Southern Connecticut 1 1981 Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium
UM–St. Louis 1 1974 Don Dallas Soccer Field
Springfield (MA) 1 1973 Benedum Field
SIU Edwardsville 1 1972 Cougar Field

Years in bold indicate when the host school won championship

Champions[edit]

References = [4][5]

NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship
Year Final Semifinalists/Third Place Match
Champion Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1972
Details
SIU Edwardsville 1–0 Oneonta State Cal State Chico & Baltimore
1973
Details
Missouri–St. Louis 3–0 Cal State Fullerton Adelphi 1-0 Baltimore
1974
Details
Adelphi 3–2 Seattle Pacific UDC 5-3 Eastern Illinois
1975
Details
Baltimore 3–1 Seattle Pacific Adelphi 9-1 UW–Green Bay
1976
Details
Loyola (MD) 2–0 New Haven Cal State Chico 3-2 (2ot; PK) Missouri–St. Louis
1977
Details
Alabama A&M 1 2–1 Seattle Pacific New Haven 3-2 (2ot; PK) UW–Green Bay
1978
Details
Seattle Pacific 1 1–0 (3OT) Alabama A&M Eastern Illinois 2-1 So. Conn. State
1979
Details
Alabama A&M 2 2–0 Eastern Illinois Seattle Pacific 1-0 (2ot) So. Conn. State
1980
Details
Lock Haven 1–0 (OT) FIU Cal State Chico 2-1 (ot, PK) So. Conn. State
1981
Details
Tampa 1 1–0 (OT) Cal State Los Angeles So. Conn. State 3-1 Missouri-St. Louis
1982
Details
FIU 1 2–1 So. Conn. State Missouri–St. Louis & Oakland
1983
Details
Seattle Pacific 2 1–0 Tampa Oakland & So. Conn. State
1984
Details
FIU 2 1–0 (OT) Seattle Pacific New Haven & Missouri-St. Louis
1985
Details
Seattle Pacific 3 3–2 FIU NYIT & Davis & Elkins
1986
Details
Seattle Pacific 4 4–1 Oakland Bridgeport & Davis & Elkins
1987
Details
So. Conn. State 1 2–0 Cal State Northridge Missouri-St. Louis & Tampa
1988
Details
Florida Tech 1 3–2 Cal State Northridge So. Conn. State & Oakland
1989
Details
New Hampshire College 1 3–1 UNC Greensboro Cal State Hayward & Gannon
1990
Details
So. Conn. State 2 0–0 (4OT, PK) Seattle Pacific Gannon & Florida Tech
1991
Details
Florida Tech 2 5–1 Sonoma State Cal Poly Pomona # & Franklin Pierce
1992
Details
So. Conn. State 3 1–0 Tampa Oakland & Seattle Pacific
1993
Details
Seattle Pacific 5 1–0 So. Conn. State Florida Tech & Gannon
1994
Details
Tampa 2 3–0 (2OT) Oakland Seattle Pacific & So. Conn. State
1995
Details
So. Conn. State 4 2–0 USC Spartanburg Mercyhurst & Cal State Bakersfield
1996
Details
Grand Canyon 3–1 Oakland Lynn & So. Conn. State
1997
Details
Cal State Bakersfield 1–0 Lynn Truman State & So. Conn. State
1998
Details
So. Conn. State 5 1–0 USC Spartanburg Mercyhurst & Seattle Pacific
1999
Details
So. Conn. State 6 2–1 (2OT) Fort Lewis Charleston (WV) & Barry
2000
Details
Cal State Dominguez Hills 1 2–1 (4OT) Barry East Stroudsburg & Lewis
2001
Details
Tampa 3 2–1 Cal State Dominguez Hills Dowling & SIU Edwardsville
2002
Details
Sonoma State 4–3 SNHU Central Arkansas & Mercyhurst
2003
Details
Lynn 1 2–1 Cal State Chico Findlay & Dowling
2004
Details
Seattle 2–1 SIU Edwardsville UNC Pembroke & Dowling
2005
Details
Fort Lewis 1 3–1 Franklin Pierce Lynn & SIU Edwardsville
2006
Details
Dowling 1–0 Fort Lewis Lincoln Memorial & West Florida
2007
Details
Franklin Pierce 1–0 Lincoln Memorial Montevallo & Midwestern State
2008
Details
Cal State Dominguez Hills 2 3–0 Dowling Tampa & Northern Kentucky
2009
Details
Fort Lewis 2 1–0 Lees-McRae Le Moyne & Lewis
2010
Details
Northern Kentucky 3–2 Rollins Dowling & Midwestern State
2011
Details
Fort Lewis 3 3–2 Lynn Franklin Pierce & Millersville
2012
Details
Lynn 2 3–2 Saginaw Valley State Simon Fraser & Mercyhurst
2013
Details
SNHU 2
2–1 Carson–Newman Rockhurst & Simon Fraser
2014
Details
Lynn 3 3–2 Charleston (WV) Colorado Mesa & Quincy
2015
Details
Pfeiffer 4–0 Cal Poly Pomona Charleston (WV) & Rockhurst
2016
Details
Wingate 2–0 Charleston (WV) Rockhurst & UC San Diego
2017
Details
Charleston (WV) 2–2
(2OT, PK)
Lynn Cal Poly Pomona & Rockhurst
2018
Details
Barry 2–1 West Chester Cal Poly Pomona & Fort Hays State
2019
Details
Charleston (WV) 2–0 Cal State Los Angeles Indianapolis and Lynn

# = Later vacated by NCAA.

Teams ranked by titles[edit]

Rank School Titles
1 Southern Connecticut 6
2 Seattle Pacific 5
3 Fort Lewis 3
Tampa 3
Lynn 3
6 Alabama A&M 2
Cal State Dominguez Hills 2
Charleston (WV) 2
Florida International 2
Florida Tech 2
Southern New Hampshire 2

Schools ranked by number of appearances[edit]

Rank School Appearances
1 Seattle Pacific 35
2 Southern Connecticut 31
3 Tampa 24
4 SNHU (N.H. College) 22
5 East Stroudsburg 19
6 Franklin Pierce 19
7 UMSL 17
8 Lynn 15
Mercyhurst
Rollins
9 Oakland
14
10 Cal State Dominguez Hills 13
Dowling

Former Division II Champions now in Division I[edit]

Source=[6]

School Championship Year moved Current Conference
SIU Edwardsville 1972 1973, 2008[a 1] Mid-American Conference[a 2]
Loyola (Maryland) 1976 1979 Patriot League
FIU (Florida International) 1982, 1984 1987 Conference USA
Grand Canyon 1996 2013 Western Athletic Conference
CSU Bakersfield 1997 2006 Western Athletic Conference
(Big West Conference in 2020)
Seattle 2004 2008 Western Athletic Conference
Northern Kentucky 2010 2012 Horizon League
  1. ^ SIUE returned to Division II from 1996 through 2007.
  2. ^ SIUE is a full member of the Ohio Valley Conference, which sponsors soccer for women only. The school houses both men's soccer and wrestling in the MAC.
  • In addition to the above schools, Alabama A&M moved to Division I after winning Division II titles in 1977 & 1979. However, it discontinued its men's soccer program after the 2010 season.[7]
  • Adelphi also moved to Division I in 1976, after winning the Division II title in 1974, but returned to Division II in 2013.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "https://www.ncaa.com/news/soccer-men/article/2016-11-07/division-ii-mens-soccer-championship-field-announced". NCAA & Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved 4 December 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Division II Men's Soccer Championship History" (PDF). NCAA. April 21, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "DII Men's College Soccer - Home - NCAA.com". NCAA.com.
  4. ^ "Division II Men's Soccer Championship History" (PDF). NCAA. April 21, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "DII Men's College Soccer - Home - NCAA.com". NCAA.com.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2013-01-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Alabama A&M to drop men's program". socceramerica.com.
  8. ^ "Adelphi Men's Soccer To Reclassify To Division II Beginning Fall 2013 - Adelphi University". Adelphi University Athletics.