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NCAA Women’s Soccer Division I Tournament: Complete schedule, bracket, results, TV & streaming

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The 2021 NCAA Women’s Division I soccer tournament bracket already has several second round matchups as the field of 64 teams is whittled down to two finalists ahead of the Dec. 5 title match. A tournament committee formulated the final bracket consisting of 31 Division I conference champions, which all claimed automatic bids, along with another 33 at-large selections (watch the selection show here). Criteria for selection are outlined in the official guidelines.

Unlike the NCAA basketball tournament which attaches a seed to every team, only four teams in each quadrant of the bracket were assigned a seed. Some have already been eliminated: 

  • No. 1 seeds: Florida State, Duke, Rutgers, Virginia
  • No. 2 seeds: Michigan, UCLA, Arkansas, North Carolina
  • No. 3 seeds: Tennessee, Georgetown, Notre Dame, USC
  • No. 4 seeds: Pepperdine, Auburn, TCU, BYU

The marquee match of the first round saw a battle of the last two NCAA champions in NoCal where Santa Clara beat Stanford 1-0, a result which included a late penalty-kick stop. Neither team was seeded, and geographic considerations came into play which led to that heavyweight pairing.

DOWNLOAD: PDF of women’s tournament bracket

Defending champ Santa Clara will continue to be motivated by the fact that it will also be hosting the semifinals and final of the tournament, known as “College Cup.” The 2021 champion will be crowned only a few months after the Broncos won the 2020 edition given that event was pushed into 2021 (May) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Florida State lost that final to Santa Clara on penalty kicks, and will be eager to finish the job this time.

Among the other top-seeded contenders, Rutgers is coming off a strong season despite losing the Big Ten championship game to Michigan, and Duke and Virginia will hope this is the year they win a title after previous failed trips to the final. A surprise run could come from the likes of a BYU, the top-scoring team in the nation. Virginia, Duke and BYU are all into the second round and Virginia and BYU could face off in the Round of 16.

  • First Round: Nov. 12-14
  • Second Round: Nov. 19
  • Round of 16: Nov. 21
  • Quarterfinals: Nov. 26-28
  • Semifinals: Dec. 3
  • Final: Dec. 5

If matches are tied after 90 minutes, two 10-minute periods of sudden-death overtime are played. If the match is still deadlocked, a penalty-kick shootout will decide the winner.

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Home teams are listed first in the schedule below. The highest remaining seed in each quadrant hosts both Second Round and Round of 16 matches which take place over three days (Nov. 19-21). Per NCAA rules, seeded teams will host through the quarterfinals unless the school did not submit a bid to host, or its facilities do not meet requirements. Then the committee would decide on a host. 

NCAA

First Round (Round of 64)

Date Matches Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Fri, Nov. 12 Clemson 0Alabama 1 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 3-Tennessee 3Lipscomb 0 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 Princeton 2Vermont 0 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 1-Florida State 3South Alabama 0 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 1-Duke 1Old Dominion 0 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 4-Auburn 0Samford 2 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 Penn State 3Monmouth 1 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 Virginia Tech 3Ohio State 1 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 1-Virginia 6High Point 0 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 2-Michigan 3Bowling Green 0 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 Wisconsin 2Butler 1 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 2-Arkansas 5, Northwestern State 1 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 4-TCU 8Prairie View A&M 0 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 Ole Miss 1St. Louis 2 Recap Highlights  
Fri, Nov. 12 2-UCLA 0UC-Irvine 1 Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 3-Georgetown 6Central Conn. St. 0 Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 Brown 0St. John’s (NY) 1 (OT) Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 Hofstra 3Providence 0 Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 2-North Carolina 0South Carolina 1 Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 4-Pepperdine 7South Dakota State 1 Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 3-USC 6Grand Canyon 0 Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 Xavier 0Milwaukee 1 Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 Santa Clara 1Stanford 0 Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 Purdue 1Loyola Chicago 0 (2OT) Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 4-BYU 6New Mexico 0 Recap Highlights  
Sat, Nov. 13 Washington State 3Montana 0 Recap Highlights  
Sun, Nov. 14 South Florida vs. NC State 1 p.m. ESPN+
Sun, Nov. 14 Wake Forest vs. Harvard 1 p.m. ACC Network Plus ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Sun, Nov. 14 3-Notre Dame vs. SIUE 1 p.m. ACC Network Plus ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Sun, Nov. 14 1-Rutgers vs. Bucknell 1 p.m. Big Ten Plus BigTenPlus.com
Sun, Nov. 14 SMU vs. Texas 2 p.m. ESPN+
Sun, Nov. 14 Memphis vs. LSU 2 p.m. ESPN+

Second Round (Round of 32)

Date Matches Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Nov. 19 1-Florida State vs. SMU / Texas (in Tallahassee, Fla.)      
Nov. 19 4-Pepperdine vs. S. Florida / NC State (in Tallahassee, Fla.)      
Nov. 19 3-Tennessee vs. Washington St. (in Ann Arbor, Mich.)      
Nov. 19 2-Michigan vs. Wake Forest / Harvard (in Ann Arbor, Mich.)      
Nov. 19 1-Duke vs. Memphis / LSU (in Durham, N.C.)      
Nov. 19 St. John’s vs. Samford (in Durham, N.C.)      
Nov. 19 3-Georgetown vs. Santa Clara (in Washington, D.C.)      
Nov. 19 Wisconsin vs. UC-Irvine (in Washington, D.C.)      
Nov. 19 2-Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech (in Fayetteville, Ark.)      
Nov. 19 Purdue vs. 3-Notre Dame / SIUE (in Fayetteville, Ark.)      
Nov. 19 4-TCU vs. Princeton (location TBD)      
Nov. 19 1-Rutgers / Bucknell vs. St. Louis (location TBD)      
Nov. 19 South Carolina vs. Hofstra (in Los Angeles)      
Nov. 19 3-USC vs. Penn State (in Los Angeles)      
Nov. 19 4-BYU vs. Alabama (in Charlottesville, Va.)      
Nov. 19 1-Virginia vs. Milwaukee (in Charlottesville, Va.)      

Third Round (Round of 16)

Date Matches Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD (in Tallahassee, Fla.)      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD (in Ann Arbor, Mich.)      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD (in Durham, N.C.)      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD (in Washington, D.C.)      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD (in Fayetteville, Ark.)      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD (location TBD)      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD (in Los Angeles)      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD (in Charlottesville, Va.)      

Quarterfinals

Date Matches Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Nov. 26-28 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 26-28 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 26-28 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 26-28 TBD vs. TBD      

Semifinals

Date Matches Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Fri, Dec. 3 TBD vs. TBD      
Fri, Dec. 3 TBD vs. TBD      

Final

Date Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Sun, Dec. 5 TBD vs. TBD      

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NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer tournament teams

Team W-L-D RPI Coaches’ Poll Conference How Qualified NCAA Apps.
Alabama 10-9-1 49 Unranked SEC At-Large 4
Arkansas 16-4-0 4 5 SEC At-Large 8
Auburn 12-6-1 17 Received Votes SEC At-Large 17
Bowling Green 11-6-3 65 Unranked MAC Conf. Champ 6
Brown 12-3-0 21 22 Ivy League Conf. Champ 8
Bucknell 11-7-3 113 Unranked Patriot League Conf. Champ 5
Butler 15-4-1 34 Unranked Big East At-Large 3
BYU 13-4-1 26 12 WCC Conf. Champ 22
Central Conn. St. 13-5-0 100 Unranked Northeast Conf. Conf. Champ 12
Clemson 12-6-1 42 24 ACC At-Large 22
Duke 13-3-1 2 6 ACC At-Large 27
Florida State 16-1-2 1 2 ACC Conf. Champ 22
Georgetown 13-1-6 10 Received Votes Big East Conf. Champ 12
Grand Canyon 16-3-2 37 Received Votes WAC Conf. Champ 1
Harvard 12-2-1 12 Received Votes Ivy League At-Large 17
High Point 10-7-2 130 Unranked Big South Conf. Champ 7
Hofstra 16-3-1 24 Received Votes CAA Conf. Champ 9
Lipscomb 15-4-1 82 Unranked ASUN Conf. Champ 3
Loyola Chicago 13-2-2 45 Unranked Missouri Valley Conf. Champ 7
LSU 11-7-1 47 Unranked SEC At-Large 7
Memphis 13-4-2 30 Received Votes AAC Conf. Champ 10
Michigan 15-3-3 5 13 Big Ten Conf. Champ 15
Milwaukee 18-1-0 48 Unranked Horizon League Conf. Champ 15
Monmouth 15-4-1 43 Unranked MAAC Conf. Champ 8
Montana 13-5-1 137 Unranked Big Sky Conf. Champ 6
New Mexico 14-4-2 57 Unranked Mountain West Conf. Champ 4
North Carolina 12-2-3 7 7 ACC At-Large 40
NC State 8-8-2 38 Unranked ACC At-Large 16
Northwestern St. 12-5-2 153 Unranked Southland Conf. Champ 4
Notre Dame 13-5-1 16 Received Votes ACC At-Large 27
Ohio State 9-8-2 39 Unranked Big Ten At-Large 15
Old Dominion 13-4-1 53 Unranked Conf. USA Conf. Champ 1
Ole Miss 12-5-3 23 21 SEC At-Large 10
Penn State 11-7-0 20 Received Votes Big Ten At-Large 27
Pepperdine 15-3-1 18 16 WCC At-Large 12
Prairie View A&M 12-3-3 181 Unranked SWAC Conf. Champ 3
Princeton 14-2-1 14 Received Votes Ivy League At-Large 14
Providence 10-6-3 36 Unranked Big East At-Large 2
Purdue 14-4-2 19 19 Big Ten At-Large 7
Rutgers 17-3-0 3 4 Big Ten At-Large 16
St. John’s 12-6-2 46 Unranked Big East At-Large 4
Saint Louis 12-8-1 107 Unranked Atlantic 10 Conf. Champ 6
Samford 15-3-2 33 Unranked Southern Conf. Conf. Champ 6
Santa Clara 11-5-2 32 15 WCC At-Large 31
SIUE 11-6-0 145 Unranked Ohio Valley Conf. Champ 4
SMU 11-4-2 25 17 AAC At-Large 14
South Alabama 12-4-3 74 Unranked Sun Belt Conf. Champ 9
South Carolina 11-6-1 40 Received Votes SEC At-Large 15
S. Dakota State 17-3-1 115 Unranked Summit League Conf. Champ 6
South Florida 12-3-3 22 23 AAC At-Large 8
Stanford 13-5-1 31 14 Pac-12 At-Large 30
Tennessee 18-2-0 8 10 SEC Conf. Champ 13
TCU 17-2-2 9 9 Big 12 Conf. Champ 6
Texas 11-4-6 35 20 Big 12 At-Large 15
UCLA 16-0-3 13 3 Pac-12 Conf. Champ 25
UC-Irvine 15-5-0 110 Unranked Big West Conf. Champ 3
USC 13-3-2 15 8 Pac-12 At-Large 20
Vermont 12-5-1 123 Unranked America East Conf. Champ 2
Virginia 16-2-2 6 1 ACC At-Large 34
Virginia Tech 11-5-2 29 Received Votes ACC At-Large 12
Wake Forest 15-5-0 27 25 ACC At-Large 21
Washington State 13-2-4 28 18 Pac-12 At-Large 14
Wisconsin 8-5-6 41 Unranked Big Ten At-Large 23
Xavier 16-2-1 11 11 Big East At-Large 4

NCAA Division I women’s tournament teams by conference

Conference Total Conf. Champion
(Automatic Bid)
At-Large Bids
ACC 9 Florida State Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
SEC 7 Tennessee Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina
Big Ten 6 Michigan Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Big East 5 Georgetown Butler, Providence, St. John’s, Xavier
Pac-12 4 UCLA Stanford, USC, Washington St.
AAC 3 Memphis SMU, South Florida
Ivy League 3 Brown Harvard, Princeton
WCC 3 BYU Pepperdine, Santa Clara
Big 12 2 TCU Texas
America East 1 Vermont
ASUN 1 Lipscomb
Atlantic 10 1 Saint Louis
Big Sky 1 Montana
Big South 1 High Point
Big West 1 UC-Irvine
CAA 1 Hofstra
Conference USA 1 Old Dominion
Horizon League 1 Milwaukee
MAAC 1 Monmouth
MAC 1 Bowling Green
Missouri Valley 1 Loyola Chicago
Mountain West 1 New Mexico
Northeast Conf. 1 Central. Conn. St.
Ohio Valley 1 SIUE
Patriot League 1 Bucknell
Southern Conf. 1 Samford
Southland 1 Northwestern St.
Summit League 1 South Dakota St.
Sun Belt 1 South Alabama
SWAC 1 Prairie View A&M
WAC 1 Grand Canyon



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