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August 21, 2012

NAIA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete

Your NAIA Game Plan

• What about financial aid and scholarships?

• PlayNAIA — NAIA Eligibility Center

Women's soccer was added to the championship event program in 1984-85. The NAIA was the first intercollegiate sports governing body to provide championship opportunities for both men and women when the women's program was established 1980.


PLAYING RULES: The official National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Soccer Rules are followed for all NAIA regular and postseason play.

OFFICIAL BALL: The official ball all NAIA national tournament games is the SELECT SPORT AMERICA NAIA Championship soccer ball.

WOMEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT: The NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship is a 32-team single elimination tournament. Teams are seeded 1-32 using a modified RPI (Rating Percentage Index) system. Thirty-two (32) teams compete in 16 National Championship Opening Round matches played on campus sites nationwide. Opening-round winners will meet at the final site.

Find answers in the NAIA Guide to the College-Bound Student-Athlete!
•  What's the NAIA participation experience?
•  What's different about recruiting in the NAIA?
•  Can I visit a campus for a tryout?
•  What about financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans?
•  Do I meet the freshman eligibility requirements?
•  What if I didn't attend a U.S. high school?
•  The NAIA Eligibility Center
•  What are the transfer student eligibility requirements?
•  Who's considered a professional in the NAIA?
•  How long can I compete?
•  What happens if I suffer an injury during college?
•  What if I've competed in my sport outside of college?
•  How do I remain eligible during college?

Register early with the NAIA Eligibility Center. It's required for any student who plans to attend an NAIA school. By registering, you also have the chance to let NAIA coaches know you're interested in playing in college. Our Connections service search allows you to check out which schools offer your sport, major and size that fits your interests. Register today!