INDIANAPOLIS -- The field of 64 teams, which will compete for the 32nd NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, was announced Monday by the Division I Women’s Soccer Committee.
The four No. 1 seeds include Florida State, the automatic qualifier out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and three at-large selections from the ACC in Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
South Alabama, the Sun Belt Conference tournament champion will face Florida State in the opening-round match. Virginia will play host to St. Francis (Pa.), the automatic qualifier from the Northeast Conference. Virginia Tech will host UMBC, the America East champion, in a first-round match, and North Carolina will host Liberty, the Big South champion.
The No. 2 seeds include Florida, Marquette, Nebraska, and UCLA. Capturing the No. 3 seeds are UCF, Michigan, Portland, and South Carolina. Denver, Penn State, Santa Clara, and Texas A&M each earned a No. 4 seed to complete the top 16 seeded teams.
North Carolina is the only team who has been invited to the tournament every year since its inception in 1982. In last year’s final, North Carolina defeated Penn State by a score of 4-1 to win their 22nd women’s soccer national championship title.
The ACC leads all conferences with eight teams in the tournament. Seven teams will represent the Big Ten, while six will advance from the Pac-12.
Thirty-one conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2013 championship, while the remaining 33 teams were selected at-large. The top 16 teams are seeded and conference teams cannot play each other in the first or second rounds. When pairing teams, the committee follows geographic proximity parameters. Sites are selected for the first round to create the least number of flights.
First-round matches will be played at campus sites November 15 and 16. Second round matches will be played Friday, November 22, at campus sites, and third-round matches will be played Sunday, November 24, at the same campus sites. Quarterfinal matches will be played November 29 and 30 also on campus sites.
The 32nd annual NCAA Women’s College Cup will be played December 6 and December 8 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, with Campbell University serving as host. The first national semifinal will be played and shown live on ESPNU at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, December 6. The second semifinal will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Eastern time and air live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and will also broadcast live on ESPNU.
Conferences receiving automatic qualification:
America East Conference -- Maryland, Baltimore County
American Athletic Conference -- Central Florida
Atlantic Coast Conference -- Florida State
Atlantic Sun Conference -- Jacksonville
Atlantic 10 Conference -- La Salle
Big East Conference -- Marquette
Big Sky Conference -- Weber State
Big South Conference -- Liberty
Big Ten Conference -- Nebraska
Big 12 Conference -- West Virginia
Big West Conference -- California State Fullerton
Colonial Athletic Association -- Northeastern
Conference USA -- Colorado College
Horizon League -- Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ivy League -- Harvard
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference -- Monmouth
Mid-American Conference -- Western Michigan
Missouri Valley Conference -- Illinois State
Mountain West Conference -- San Diego State
Northeast Conference -- Saint Francis (Pa.)
Ohio Valley Conference -- Morehead State
Pac-12 Conference -- UCLA
Patriot League -- Boston University
Southeastern Conference -- Texas A&M
Southland Conference -- Southeastern Louisiana
Southern Conference -- Furman
Southwestern Athletic Conference -- Jackson State
Summit League -- Denver
Sun Belt Conference -- South Alabama
West Coast Conference -- Santa Clara
Western Athletic Conference -- Seattle