For student-athletes looking to compete at the highest level—and have the skills to back it up—an NCAA Division 1 men’s soccer program is probably the best choice. Athletes who compete at NCAA Division 1 men’s soccer colleges were usually the best players on their high school and club teams and are passionate about their sport. Division 1 men’s soccer colleges push their athletes to really focus on the sport, offering little time for extracurricular activities.
Currently, there are 205 NCAA D1 men’s soccer colleges across the country. D1 men’s soccer programs offer scholarships, but not all programs are fully funded. It’s crucial to develop a relationship with the coach to learn more about how each particular program handles scholarship opportunities.
The NCAA D1 men’s soccer championship, also known as the College Cup, is a tournament that fields 48 teams. The tournament usually begins in November, with the championship game occurring in early December. Stanford University is the current title-holder.
There’s more to finding the right college fit than just finding a school with a compatible athletics program. Student-athletes and their families need to find a school that meets their academic, social and financial needs, as well. To help student-athletes through this process, NCSA’s Power Rankings rank the top D1 colleges with men’s soccer programs based on cost, academics, size and more. Visit our Power Rankings page to view the top D1 men’s soccer schools.
The NCAA produces its own Division 1 soccer rankings including the NCAA (RPI) which can be found on the NCAA website. Other organizations like Top Drawer Soccer, and United Soccer Coaches also publish men’s soccer rankings.