Road to the Championship
There are 291 NCAA member institutions that sponsor Division I Softball teams and are eligible to compete in the National Championship. All 291 programs support approximately more than 6,000 Softball student-athletes across the country.
The Division I Softball Championship provides for a field of 64 teams to compete in the national tournament. Of the 64 teams, 32 teams will receive automatic qualification with the remaining best 32 teams selected on an at-large basis by the Division I Softball Committee. Sixteen teams will be seeded and each of the seeded teams will be placed at one of the regional sites.
Selection Show | Sunday, May 13, 2018
The 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship bracket will be announced Sunday, May 13 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Regionals | May 18-20, 2018
Regionals for the NCAA Division I Softball Championship will be held May 18-20, 2018 on 16 campus sites. At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be conducted and the 16 winning teams advanced to the Super Regionals.
Super Regionals | May 24-27, 2018
Super Regionals for the NCAA Division I Softball Championship will be held May 24-27, 2018 on eight campus sites. At each site, two teams play in a best-of-three tournament format. The winners from each site advance to the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
Women's College World Series | May 31-June 6, 2018
The 2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series will be held at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium - OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City, May 31- June 5/6, 2018. The eight teams will compete in a double elimination bracket with the final two teams then competing in a best of three format. This is the 37th annual NCAA Division I Softball Championship and the 28th time that Oklahoma City and USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium - OGE Energy Field will host this premier college softball championship event.