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NCAA Jul 29, 2022

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

SoccerWire has provided an updated edition of the highest-ranked women’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 women’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 women’s soccer programs is reigning national champion Florida State, followed by North Carolina, UCLA, Stanford and Duke, comprising the top five.

See below for the full Top 50 rankings.

1
Florida State
2
North Carolina
3
UCLA
4
Stanford
5
Duke
6
USC
7
South Carolina
8
Virginia
9
Penn State
10
Santa Clara
11
Georgetown
12
Rutgers
13
Arkansas
14
West Virginia
15
Wisconsin
16
NC State
17
Texas A&M
18
Notre Dame
19
BYU
20
Washington State
21
South Florida
22
Pepperdine
23
Memphis
24
Tennessee
25
Princeton
26
Clemson
27
Auburn
28
Florida
29
Virginia Tech
30
TCU
31
Texas
32
Kansas
33
Michigan
34
Wake Forest
35
Monmouth
36
Texas Tech
37
Vanderbilt
38
Hofstra
39
Oklahoma State
40
Colorado
41
Ole Miss
42
Ohio State
43
Baylor
44
Cal
45
Arizona
46
Samford
47
Saint Louis
48
Northwestern
49
Milwaukee
50
South Alabama

The Next Five: Alabama, SMU, Louisville, Utah, North Texas

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