2019 NCAA Regional Rankings

The NCAA regional rankings are done by the same regional and national committees which will make the at-large selections for the men's and women's NCAA tournaments and the rankings are done by applying the same criteria which is used for making the at-large selections. The rankings are released following the fourth last, third last, and second last weeks prior to the tournament selections being made. Therefore, by design, these rankings are a direct foreshadowing of the at-large selections providing a certain level of transparency to the at-large selection process. It is for this reason that these rankings are so important and meaningful.

All information about the regional rankings is found in the Division III Soccer Pre-Championship Manual. Much of what follows highlights, summarizes, or quotes the manual.

Ranking Committees

The NCAA regional rankings are done by the eight-member NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Soccer Committees which are each composed of the chairs of their respective regional advisory committees. The Regional Advisory Committees assist the national committee in evaluating teams.  These are the same national and regional committees which will make the Pool B and Pool C at-large selections for the men's and women's NCAA tournaments. The members of these committees can be found on pages 9-13 of the Pre-Championship Manual.

Release Dates

As per the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 13-14 and 19-20), the rankings will be released on the following dates which correspond to the last three Wednesdays prior to the tournament selections being made and the Monday that the at-large selections and tournament fields are announced:

• Wednesday, October 23

• Wednesday, October 30

• Wednesday, November 6

• Monday, November 11

Like the USC and D3Soccer.com rankings, they are based on results through the Sunday prior to their release.

Where to find the Rankings

The rankings are posted by the NCAA on their Division III men's and women's soccer webpages under "Rankings" where you must select the "Regional Rankings" option from the pull-down menu.  They are also conveniently available here on our site from the “Rankings” pull-down menu above or by clicking on the following links:

Men's Regional Rankings

Women's Regional Rankings

Size of the Rankings

The number of teams ranked differs from region to region and from men to women based on the number of eligible teams in each region. The top 16 percent of eligible teams (or a minimum of four) are ranked by the committees. As per the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 19-20), the number of teams to be ranked in 2019 is as follows:

Men's Rankings

New England Region—12

East Region—8

Mid-Atlantic Region—10

South Atlantic Region—8

Great Lakes Region—8

Central Region—7

North Region—7

West Region—6

 

Women's Rankings

New England Region—12

East Region—7

Mid-Atlantic Region—10

South Atlantic Region—8

Great Lakes Region—8

Central Region—6

North Region—8

West Region—6

Except for one more men's team being ranked in the Central Region, these are the same numbers as last year. The regional alignments, school sponsorship, and eligibility by region can be found in Appendices B and C (“Men's Sponsorship” and "Women's Sponsorship, respectively) of the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 30-46).

Ranking Criteria

The rankings are done by applying the same criteria which is used for making the at-large tournament selections. The at-large selection criteria are found in Section 2.4 of the Pre-Championship Manual (pg. 23). The criteria is divided between primary and secondary criteria, the latter only being considered if the former does not enable a distinction to be made between schools.  Note: the Non-Division III Strength of Schedule has been dropped as a secondary criterion after five years of use.

Primary Criteria (not listed in priority order)

  • Win-loss percentage against Division III opponents
  • Division III head-to-head competition
  • Results versus common Division III opponents
  • Results versus ranked Division III teams as established by the final ranking and the ranking preceeding the final ranking
  • Division III strength of schedule

Secondary Criteria (not listed in priority order)

  • Non-Division III win-lost percentage
  • Results versus common non-Division III opponents
  • Division III non-conference strength-of-schedule

Regular season and conference postseason matches are considered.  See the sections that follow for an explanation/clarification of the results versus ranked teams and strength of schedule.

Results versus Ranked Teams

For the purposes of at-large selections, "ranked teams" are now (starting this season) those teams ranked in either the final rankings or the third weekly rankings. However, for the purposes of the weekly regional rankings, "ranked teams" only includes the teams ranked the previous week, not the previous two weeks. Obviously, for the first weekly regional rankings of the season, there is no previous ranking and thus there are no results versus ranked teams. Consequently, the regional data sheets (see section further down) for the first weekly rankings do not include teams' records verus ranked opponents, but starting with the second weekly rankings this criteria is in play and is among the criteria listed in the regional data sheets.

"Results versus ranked teams" criteria spelled out

For the . . . first weekly rankings:

second weekly rankings:

third weekly ranking:

final rankings:

at-large selections:
 

 

N/A (no previous rankings)

results versus teams ranked in the first weekly rankings

results versus teams ranked in the second weekly rankings

results versus teams ranked in the third weekly rankings

results versus teams ranked in either the third weekly
rankings or the final rankings

Strength of Schedule

The Strength of Schedule (SOS) used by the Division III soccer committees is based on Opponents' Cumulative Winning Percentage (OWP) and Opponents' Opponents' Cumulative Winning Percentage (OOWP). For a third straight season, no home and away multipliers will be applied as was once done. An explanation with an example of these calculations is found in Appendix D (pg. 47) of the Pre-Championship Manual.

Opponents' Winning Percentage (OWP):

The winning percentage of opponents' cumulative
win-loss-tie record versus Division III competition
excluding the results against the team in question.

Opponents' Opponents' Winning Percentage (OOWP):

The winning percentage of the cumulative win-loss-tie
record of all opponents' opponents.

Strength of Schedule (SOS):

Composed of OWP and OOWP weighted as follows:
2/3 OWP + 1/3 OOWP

Note: The calculations changed starting in 2016.  Previously OWP was the average of each opponent's winning percentage and OOWP was the average of the OWP's of all opponents.

Regional Data Sheets

Along with the rankings, data sheets for each region are made available.  These data sheets, which include all teams in each region, provide some (but not all) of the data that was considered by the ranking committee.  The following data is listed: record and winning percentage against Division III opponents, results versus ranked Division III opponents, Division III SOS (primary criteria), and overall record and winning percentage.  These sheets allow for a look at the numbers the committees had in front of them and therefore insight into why some teams are ranked and others not. The NCAA provides links to this data below the rankings. Direct links to the latest released data sheets are given below:

Men's Data Sheets

Central Region

East Region

Great Lakes Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

New England Region

North Region

South Atlantic Region

West Region

 

Women's Data Sheets

Central Region

East Region

Great Lakes Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

New England Region

North Region

South Atlantic Region

West Region

The data sheets can also be accessed by clicking the links on our regional rankings pages.

Published Final Rankings

As part of the at-large tournament selection process, the committees do final rankings that include the results from the final week prior to the tournament, usually the completion of conference tournaments. These final rankings are published following the announcement of the tournament fields and may answer many questions about why certain teams were at-large selections and others not.

 

Friday, Nov. 15: All times Eastern
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Final
at Calvin 1, UW-Whitewater 0
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2nd half - 29:10
1 Dominican
3 Chicago
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1st half - 44:21
0 St. Norbert
0 Ohio Northern
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10:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Hope
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Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 3, Webster 0
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75th Minute
0 Wooster
0 Case Western Reserve
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Saturday, Nov. 16: All times Eastern
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4:00 PM
Keystone at Mary Washington
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4:00 PM
North Carolina Wesleyan at Washington and Lee
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4:00 PM
Penn State-Behrend at Kenyon
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4:00 PM
Framingham State at Messiah
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4:00 PM
Marymount at Muhlenberg
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4:00 PM
Hunter at Kean
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4:00 PM
Stevenson at Westminster (Pa.)
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5:00 PM
New Jersey City at McDaniel
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6:00 PM
Thomas at Amherst
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6:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Tufts
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6:00 PM
Penn State-Harrisburg at Franklin and Marshall
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6:00 PM
John Jay at Johns Hopkins
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6:00 PM
Eastern Nazarene at RPI
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6:00 PM
Eastern at Christopher Newport
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6:00 PM
Principia at Luther
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6:30 PM
Babson at Oneonta State
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6:30 PM
Salve Regina at Rowan
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6:30 PM
Oglethorpe at Gettysburg
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6:30 PM
Rochester at Hanover
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7:00 PM
Hood at New York University
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7:00 PM
Wesley at Arcadia
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7:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at John Carroll
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7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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8:00 PM
Brevard at Widener
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8:00 PM
Pacific Lutheran at North Park
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8:30 PM
Johnson and Wales at Middlebury
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8:30 PM
Ithaca at Keene State
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8:30 PM
Connecticut College at Catholic
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8:30 PM
Nazareth at WPI
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8:30 PM
Montclair State at Hobart
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8:30 PM
Roanoke at Swarthmore
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8:30 PM
UW-Superior at Central
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9:00 PM
SUNY-Cobleskill at Wilkes
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9:30 PM
Kalamazoo at Centre
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9:30 PM
Texas-Dallas at Trinity (Texas)
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9:30 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Colorado College
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4:00 PM
Grove City at Ohio Northern
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4:00 PM
Johnson and Wales at MIT
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4:00 PM
University of New England at Middlebury
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4:00 PM
Cabrini at Springfield
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4:00 PM
Lesley at Messiah
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4:00 PM
Utica at William Smith
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4:00 PM
Maine Maritime at Amherst
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4:00 PM
Alfred at DeSales
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4:00 PM
Penn State-Behrend at McDaniel
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5:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Washington U.
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5:00 PM
Pitt-Greensburg at Chicago
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5:00 PM
Monmouth at St. Thomas
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6:00 PM
John Jay at TCNJ
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6:30 PM
Mass-Boston at Stevens
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6:30 PM
Mary Washington at Geneseo State
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6:30 PM
Haverford at Randolph-Macon
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6:30 PM
Farmingdale State at Dickinson
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6:30 PM
Gettysburg at Williams
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6:30 PM
Centre at Scranton
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6:30 PM
UW-Whitewater at Illinois Wesleyan
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7:00 PM
Hood at Muhlenberg
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7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Pfeiffer
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7:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Rutgers-Newark
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7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Pacific Lutheran
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7:30 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Adrian
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7:30 PM
Rose-Hulman at Augsburg
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8:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at St. Scholastica
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8:30 PM
Tufts at Cortland State
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9:30 PM
Southwestern at Hardin-Simmons
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10:00 PM
Cairn at Carnegie Mellon
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10:00 PM
Penn State-Berks at Johns Hopkins
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10:00 PM
Penn State-Harrisburg at Albright
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10:30 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Wartburg
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1:00 AM
UC Santa Cruz at Cal Lutheran
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Sunday, Nov. 17: All times Eastern
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TBA
Salve Regina at TBD
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5:00 PM
Hood at TBA
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6:00 PM
TBA at Mary Washington
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6:00 PM
TBD at Hanover
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8:00 PM
TBA at Franklin and Marshall
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8:00 PM
NCAA Second Round at Catholic
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9:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at NCAA Second Round (if CMS Advances)
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12:30 AM
Worcester State at Christopher Newport
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12:30 AM
Swarthmore at Arcadia
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12:30 AM
William Paterson at Wilkes
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3:30 AM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Emory
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TBA
Pomona-Pitzer at NCAA Tournament
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TBA
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at NCAA Second Round (if CMS advances)
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5:00 PM
Hood at TBA
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6:00 PM
Mary Washington at TBD
Wednesday, Nov. 20: All times Eastern
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TBA
Lancaster Bible at Roberts Wesleyan
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8:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Randall
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8:00 PM
Judson at Greenville
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Thursday, Nov. 21: All times Eastern
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8:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Pensacola Christian
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Friday, Nov. 22: All times Eastern
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TBA
Franklin and Marshall at TBA
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Friday, Nov. 15: All times Eastern
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Final
at Calvin 1, UW-Whitewater 0
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2nd half - 07:46
1 Dominican
4 Chicago
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10:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Hope
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Friday, Nov. 15: All times Eastern
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Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 3, Webster 0
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