The NAIA, or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, sets the athletic rules for its 300+ member colleges and its 188 men’s soccer programs. The NAIA is characterized by its smaller, close-knit campuses, competitive teams and well-rounded college experience for athletes. For student-athletes who want to study abroad, participate in extracurricular activities and enjoy a more traditional college experience, the NAIA might be a great fit.
There are NAIA men’s soccer scholarships available for athletes. The amount of money athletes can receive as part of their NAIA men’s soccer scholarship will depend on the school, coach, talent level and position. A fully funded NAIA men’s soccer program can give out 12 scholarships, compared to the 9.9 scholarships that can be offered by a fully funded D2 program. NAIA schools also have other financial aid opportunities outside of athletic scholarships. Potential recruits should look into academic, merit and need-based scholarships to bring down the overall cost of tuition.
The NAIA Men’s Soccer Championship tournament has been held annually since 1959 and the current champions are Wayland Baptist University of Plainview, Texas.
While smaller than the NCAA, the NAIA offers more than 180 four-year institutions with men’s soccer programs. Student-athletes looking for an NAIA school that meets their academic, athletic, social and financial needs are encouraged to reference the NCSA Power Rankings, which rank the top NAIA institutions that offer men’s soccer based on tuition cost, location, size, academics and more.