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NCAA Aug 12, 2022

Best College Soccer Teams: Top 50 Current NCAA Men’s Programs

SoccerWire has provided an updated edition of the highest-ranked men’s college soccer programs in the United States.

With the 2022 NCAA soccer season quickly approaching, we take a look below at the best 50 programs in NCAA men’s soccer over the past 5 full seasons (not including 2020’s abbreviated “Covid” results), based on their average position in the end-of-season rankings. Rankings are based on a combination of final United Soccer Coaches Polls and Rating Percentage Index (RPI) from each season, with bonuses awarded for NCAA Tournament qualification and College Cup victories.

One of the predominant ranking mechanisms used by the NCAA across various sports, RPI measures each team’s performance weighted against their strength of schedule, with wins over quality opponents playing a key role. Utilizing RPI data across multiple seasons, SoccerWire’s top 50 rankings heavily reward programs that consistently produce a high number of quality wins from year-to-year.

Headlining the list of the top 50 men’s soccer programs is Indiana, followed by Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Washington and Stanford, comprising the top five.

See below for the full Top 50 rankings.

1
Indiana
2
Wake Forest
3
Notre Dame
4
Washington
5
Stanford
6
Maryland
7
Louisville
8
Georgetown
9
Virginia Tech
10
Clemson
11
North Carolina
12
Virginia
13
New Hampshire
14
Kentucky
15
Akron
16
UNC Charlotte
17
Providence
18
Syracuse
19
Duke
20
Denver
21
SMU
22
UCLA
23
Michigan State
24
Creighton
25
Seattle
26
Coastal Carolina
27
West Virginia
28
Michigan
29
Oregon State
30
Butler
31
Portland
32
Saint Mary’s (CA)
33
Central Florida
34
Florida International
35
Boston College
36
Pittsburgh
37
Pacific
38
Penn State
39
Marshall
40
James Madison
41
St. John’s
42
UAlbany
43
Missouri State
44
NC State
45
South Florida
46
Tulsa
47
Air Force
48
Vermont
49
Saint Louis
50
UC Santa Barbara

The Next Five: Lipscomb, UNC Wilmington, Hofstra, Dartmouth, UConn

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