Entire DI Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments to be Held in North Carolina
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 4pm
The 2021 NCAA DI Men's and Women's Soccer Championships will be held in Cary, North Carolina and the surrounding areas
Cary, N.C. (March 25, 2021) - The Division I Competition Oversight Committee on Wednesday approved a proposal that would consolidate the Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships by having all 48 women’s teams and all 36 men’s teams compete in Cary, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas.
The move is effective for this year’s men’s and women’s soccer championships, which were postponed last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Committees believe having both championships in one geographic location will minimize travel and condense the overall time to conduct the championships.
It also minimizes the number of local and state health jurisdiction guidelines by which to abide. In addition, the proposal centralizes and provides efficiencies for COVID-19 testing sites and setup.
Selections for both championships will be April 19, and both tournaments will conclude with the NCAA College Cups at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The women’s national semifinals will be May 13 and the men’s May 14, while both national champions will be crowned May 17.
Other dates for the tournaments are:
- First round — Women, April 27-28; Men, April 29.
- Second round — Women, April 30-May 1; Men, May 2.
- Third round — Women, May 5; Men, May 6.
- Quarterfinals — Women, May 9; Men, May 10.
Currently, the campus venues that will host tournament games are at Campbell, East Carolina, University of North Carolina Wilmington, UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest.
Off-campus sites for tournament matches include:
- Bryan Park (Greensboro, North Carolina).
- J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex (Wilson, North Carolina).
- Sportsplex (Matthews, North Carolina).
- WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, North Carolina).
The committees intend to provide some opportunity for family and friends to attend the championships. They will follow the NCAA Medical Advisory Group guidelines, and the maximum allowable capacity will be 25 percent.
About the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA):
A division of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh) - the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) markets and promotes Raleigh and all of Wake County in order to generate and/or retain sports-related businesses (tournaments, championships, special events and meetings) for the purpose of economic development. Raleigh, N.C./Wake County welcomes nearly 18 million visitors annually whose spending tops $2.9 billion. The visitor economy supports more than 28,000 local jobs in Wake County and generates more than $284 million in state and local tax revenues, saving each Wake County household $727 in taxes annually. raleighsports.org
Scott Peacock, Director of Public Relations for GRSA
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