Road to the Championship
There are 333 NCAA member institutions that sponsor Division I Women’s Soccer teams and are eligible to compete in the National Championship. All 333 programs support approximately 8,300 Women’s Soccer student-athletes across the country.
The championship provides for a field of 64 teams. Thirty-one conference champions qualify automatically; the balance of the field is selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee.
Selection Show | November 7, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NCAA.com
The 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship bracket will be announced the Monday prior to the first-round of competition.
First Round | November 11, 12 or 13, 2016
Thirty-two, two-team First Round games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each game will advance to the second round.
Second and Third Rounds | November 18 and 20, 2016
Second- and Third-Rounds will be conducted at eight non-predetermined campus sites. At each campus site, four teams will compete in single-elimination Second Round competition. The two winning teams then compete against each other in single-elimination Third Round competition at the same campus site. The winning team from each of the eight Third Rounds advances to the Quarterfinals.
Quarterfinals | November 25 or 26, 2016
Four, two-team single elimination Quarterfinals games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each of the four Quarterfinals will advance to the championship final site.
Women's College Cup | December 2 and 4, 2016
The site of the 2016 Women’s College Cup will be announced in October 2016. Two, two-team single elimination Semifinals games will be held December 2 with times to be announced. The two teams winning in the semifinals will advance and compete in the single elimination National Championship game which will take place December 4 with time to be announced.