NCAA Women’s Soccer Division 1 Tournament: Complete schedule, bracket, results, TV & streaming

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The 2021 NCAA Women’s Division I soccer tournament bracket is set and the field of 64 teams will be whittled down to two finalists ahead of the Dec. 5 title match. A tournament committee formulated a 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: 

  • 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 will see a battle of the last two NCAA champions in NoCal where Santa Clara hosts Stanford. Neither team was seeded, and the geographic considerations come into play during the early rounds, leading to that heavyweight pairing.

DOWNLOAD: PDF of women’s tournament bracket

Defending champ Santa Clara will 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.

Another California-based team, UCLA, is the lone unbeaten team in Division I, but it only landed a No. 2 seed with the RPI a factor. 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.

  • 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. 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. At that point, the committee will decide on the host. If two seeded teams face off, the higher seed hosts.

NCAA

First Round (Round of 64)

Date Matches Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Fri, Nov. 12 Clemson vs. Alabama 4 p.m. ACC Network Extra ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Fri, Nov. 12 3-Tennessee vs. Lipscomb 5 p.m. SEC Network Plus ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Fri, Nov. 12 Princeton vs. Vermont 6 p.m. ESPN+
Fri, Nov. 12 1-Florida State vs. South Alabama 6 p.m. ACC Network Extra ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Fri, Nov. 12 1-Duke vs. Old Dominion 6 p.m. ACC Network Extra ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Fri, Nov. 12 4-Auburn vs. Samford 6 p.m. SEC Network Plus ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Fri, Nov. 12 Penn State vs. Monmouth 6 p.m. Big Ten Plus BigTenPlus.com
Fri, Nov. 12 Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State 6 p.m. ACC Network Extra ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Fri, Nov. 12 1-Virginia vs. High Point 6 p.m. SEC Network Plus ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Fri, Nov. 12 2-Michigan vs. Bowling Green 6 p.m. Big Ten Plus BigTenPlus.com
Fri, Nov. 12 Wisconsin vs. Butler 7 p.m. Big Ten Plus BigTenPlus.com
Fri, Nov. 12 2-Arkansas vs. Northwestern State 7:30 p.m. SEC Network Plus ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Fri, Nov. 12 4-TCU vs. Prairie View A&M 8 p.m. GoFrogs.com
Fri, Nov. 12 Ole Miss vs. St. Louis 8 p.m. SEC Network Plus ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Fri, Nov. 12 2-UCLA vs. UC-Irvine 9 p.m. Pac-12 Insider
Sat, Nov. 13 3-Georgetown vs. Central Conn. St. 12 p.m. ESPN+
Sat, Nov. 13 Brown vs. St. John’s (NY) 1 p.m. ESPN+
Sat, Nov. 13 Hofstra vs. Providence 1 p.m. Stretch Live
Sat, Nov. 13 2-North Carolina vs. South Carolina 2 p.m. ACC Network Plus ESPN app, WatchESPN.com
Sat, Nov. 13 4-Pepperdine vs. South Dakota State 3 p.m. WCC Network WCC Live Stream
Sat, Nov. 13 1-Rutgers vs. Bucknell 4 p.m. Big Ten Plus BigTenPlus.com
Sat, Nov. 13 3-USC vs. Grand Canyon 4 p.m. Pac-12 Insider, USCTrojans.com
Sat, Nov. 13 Xavier vs. Milwaukee 4 p.m. ESPN+
Sat, Nov. 13 Santa Clara vs. Stanford 4 p.m. WCC Network WCC Live Stream
Sat, Nov. 13 Purdue vs. Loyola Chicago 7 p.m. Big Ten Plus BigTenPlus.com
Sat, Nov. 13 4-BYU vs. New Mexico 7 p.m. BYUtv BYUtv stream
Sat, Nov. 13 Washington State vs. Montana 8 p.m. ESPN+
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 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 St / South Alabama vs. SMU / Texas      
Nov. 19 S. Florida / NC State vs. 4-Pepperdine / S. Dakota St.      
Nov. 19 3-Tennessee / Lipscomb vs. Wash. State / Montana      
Nov. 19 Wake Forest / Harvard vs. 2-Michigan / Bowling Green      
Nov. 19 1-Duke / Old Dominion vs. Memphis / LSU      
Nov. 19 Brown / St. John’s vs. 4-Auburn / Samford      
Nov. 19 3-Georgetown / CCSU vs. Santa Clara / Stanford      
Nov. 19 Wisconsin / Butler vs. 2-UCLA / UC-Irvine      
Nov. 19 2-Arkansas / Northwestern St. vs. Va Tech / Ohio State      
Nov. 19 Purdue / Loyola Chicago vs. 3-Notre Dame / SIUE      
Nov. 19 4-TCU / Prairie View vs. Princeton / Vermont      
Nov. 19 Ole Miss / St. Louis vs. 1-Rutgers / Bucknell      
Nov. 19 2-N. Carolina / S. Carolina vs. Hofstra / Providence      
Nov. 19 Penn State / Monmouth vs. 3-USC / Grand Canyon      
Nov. 19 4-BYU / New Mexico vs. Clemson / Alabama      
Nov. 19 Xavier / Milwaukee vs. 1-Virginia / High Point      

Third Round (Round of 16)

Date Matches Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD      
Nov. 21 TBD vs. TBD      

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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