The first women's soccer national championship was awarded to North Carolina 36 years ago, in 1982, for its 2-0 win over Central Florida.
Since that inaugural NCAA DI women's soccer national championship, 11 teams have finished the season at the top of the sport. The 2019 season came to an end with Stanford moving into a second-place tie with its third national championship in school history and its second in the past three years.
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Let's take a look at the six teams that have won at least two titles.
Women's college soccer history: Programs with the most national championships
1. North Carolina — 21
Championships: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
There is no questioning the fact that North Carolina has been absolutely dominant in women's soccer. The Tar Heels haven't notched a national championship win since 2012, but have been national runners-up the past two seasons, making their presence felt in the championship match. They have 21 overall. That's over 50 percent of all DI NCAA women's soccer national championships ever played. North Carolina's 1992 national championship was the highest-scoring title game in the history of the sport, ending in a 9-1 victory over Duke.
2 (tie). Stanford — 3
Championships: 2011, 2017, 2019
Both Stanford's women's and men's soccer teams won national championships in the 2017 season. The Cardinal had an almost perfect season, finishing at 23-1-0 with their 3-1 victory over UCLA. The Cardinal had another monster season just two years later, finishing 24-1-0 and defeating the winningest team in women's soccer championship history (North Carolina) for its third title. Stanford's other national championship came in 2011 with another almost perfect final record (25-0-1) with a 1-0 win over Duke.
2 (tie). Notre Dame — 3
Championships: 1995, 2004, 2010
All three of Notre Dame's women's soccer national championships are pretty spread out. The Fighting Irish's 2010 victory was a seemingly simple 1-0 final over Stanford. The other two weren't so easy. During the 1995 championship, Notre Dame went into three overtime periods before beating out Portland 1-0 for the title. In the 2004 game, the Fighting Irish went into double overtime with UCLA, finally winning 1-1 on penalty kicks.
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2 (tie). Florida State — 3
Championships: 2014, 2018, 2021
After coming close twice in in 2007 and 2013 as national runners-up, the Seminoles finally captured their elusive national title in 2014. A mere four years later, they captured No. 2, taking down North Carolina — our winningest team on the list — 1-0 in the Women's College Cup. In 2021, the Seminoles claimed their third national championship in a penalty kick shootout against BYU.
5 (tie). Santa Clara — 2
Championships: 2001, 2020
In 2001, Santa Clara raised its first Women's College Cup trophy defeating North Carolina, 1-0. Almost two decades later, the Broncos reclaimed victory against upsetting No. 1 Florida State winning 1-1 on penalty kicks as a No. 11 seed.
5 (tie). Southern California — 2
Championships: 2007, 2016
After winning their first national championship in 2007, the Trojans would wait nine years to relive that glory. The second national championship came in 2016 with a 3-1 win over West Virginia. The first goal was scored in the second minute of the game, with two more following in the second half.
5 (tie). Portland — 2
Championships: 2002, 2005
Portland is the third women's soccer program tied for two national championships. Their 2002 championship took two extra time periods to win, but the Pilots came out with a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara. In 2005, UCLA fell to Portland 4-0 in the title game.
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Women's college soccer: Complete history of the championship match
Here's the complete list of women's college soccer national champions:
|2021||Florida State (22-1-2)||0-0 (2ot, pk)||BYU||Santa Clara, Calif.|
|2020||Santa Clara (10-1-1)||1-1 (2ot, pk)||Florida State||Cary, N.C.|
|2019||Stanford (24-1-0)||0-0 (2ot, pk)||North Carolina||San Jose, Calif.|
|2018||Florida State (20-4-3)||1-0||North Carolina||Cary, N.C.|
|2017||Stanford (23-1-0)||3-2||UCLA||Orlando, Fla.|
|2016||Southern California (19-4-2)||3-1||West Virginia||San Jose, Calif.|
|2015||Penn State (22-3-2)||1-0||Duke||Cary, N.C.|
|2014||Florida State (23-1-1)||1-0||Virginia||Boca Raton, Fla.|
|2013||UCLA (22-1-3)||1-0 (OT)||Florida State||Cary, N.C.|
|2012||North Carolina (15-5-3)||4-1||Penn State||San Diego, Calif.|
|2011||Stanford (25-0-1)||1-0||Duke||Kennesaw, Ga.|
|2010||Notre Dame (21-2-2)||1-0||Stanford||Cary, N.C.|
|2009||North Carolina (23-3-1)||1-0||Stanford||Texas A&M|
|2008||North Carolina (25-1-2)||2-1||Notre Dame||Cary, N.C.|
|2007||Southern California (20-3-2)||2-0||Florida State||Texas A&M|
|2006||North Carolina (27-1)||2-1||Notre Dame||Cary, N.C.|
|2005||Portland (23-0-2)||4-0||UCLA||Texas A&M|
|2004||*Notre Dame (25-1-1)||1-1 (2 ot, pk)||UCLA||Cary, N.C.|
|2003||North Carolina (27-0)||6-0||Connecticut||Cary, N.C.|
|2002||Portland (20-4-2)||2-1 (2 ot)||Santa Clara||Austin, Texas|
|2001||Santa Clara (23-2)||1-0||North Carolina||SMU|
|2000||North Carolina (21-3)||2-1||UCLA||San Jose State|
|1999||North Carolina (24-2)||2-0||Notre Dame||San Jose State|
|1998||Florida (26-1)||1-0||North Carolina||UNC Greensboro|
|1997||North Carolina (27-0-1)||2-0||Connecticut||UNC Greensboro|
|1996||North Carolina (25-1)||1-0 (2 ot)||Notre Dame||Santa Clara|
|1995||Notre Dame (21-2-2)||1-0 (3 ot)||Portland||North Carolina|
|1994||North Carolina (25-1-1)||5-0||Notre Dame||Portland|
|1993||North Carolina (23-0)||6-0||George Mason||North Carolina|
|1992||North Carolina (25-0)||9-1||Duke||North Carolina|
|1991||North Carolina (25-0)||3-1||Wisconsin||North Carolina|
|1990||North Carolina (24-0)||6-0||Connecticut||North Carolina|
|1989||North Carolina (24-0-1)||2-0||Colorado College||North Carolina State|
|1988||North Carolina (18-0-3)||4-1||North Carolina State||North Carolina|
|1987||North Carolina (23-0-1)||1-0||Massachusetts||Massachusetts|
|1986||North Carolina (24-0-1)||2-0||Colorado College||George Mason|
|1985||George Mason (18-2-1)||2-0||North Carolina||George Mason|
|1984||North Carolina (24-0-1)||2-0||Connecticut||North Carolina|
|1983||North Carolina (19-1)||4-0||George Mason||UCF|
|1982||North Carolina (19-2)||2-0||UCF||UCF|