INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee will provide a sneak peek of its thought process when it reveals its top 10 teams in rank order. The announcement on Sunday, Oct. 29 will be made live at halftime of the nationally-televised game between Indiana and Michigan State on ESPNU at 3 p.m. ET.
“As interest in college soccer continues to grow, our committee is excited to announce the release of our Top 10 ranking for the first time,” said Bill Wnek, chair of the committee and associate director of athletics at Loyola Maryland. “With 75 percent of the season complete by that point, this will be a great exercise for our committee as we prepare for selection Monday.”
The ranking is based on the criteria used to select and seed the 48 teams for the Division I Men’s Soccer Championship and includes strength of schedule, Rating Percentage Index, head-to-head competition, results versus common opponents, significant wins and losses and locations of contests. Additionally, input is provided by the regional advisory committees for consideration by the Division I Men’s Soccer Committee.
“We hope this ranking will provide even more excitement and anticipation across the country for the conclusion of the regular season and conference tournaments as teams position themselves for the opportunity to participate in the pinnacle of college soccer at the Men’s College Cup in Philadelphia,” Wnek said.
The 2017 championship field consists of 24 automatic qualifiers and 24 at-large qualifiers, which will be revealed on Monday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. on NCAA.com. The top 16 teams will be seeded and receive first round byes before hosting second round games.
First round games will take place Thursday, November 16 and the championship will conclude with the Men’s College Cup at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the MLS Philadelphia Union, with semifinals on Friday, Dec. 8, on ESPNU (6 p.m/8:45 p.m.), followed by the national championship game on Sunday, Dec. 10 on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the Men’s College Cup are available at ncaa.com/tickets.