2018 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship

GSAC GRANTED BID TO HOST THE 2018 & 2019 NAIA MEN’S SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Aliso Viejo, Calif., September 20, 2017 – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that the Golden State Athletic Conference along with Destination Irvine and the city of Irvine have been granted the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship in 2018 and 2019.  The Orange County Great Park Soccer Stadium, which opened this past August will be home to the 16-team tournament.
 
 “On behalf of the nine universities of the Golden State Athletic Conference, we are thrilled to bring this NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship to Orange County,” said Mike Daniels, Commissioner of the Golden State Athletic Conference.  “The partnership with Destination Irvine, the city of Irvine and the Orange County Great Park will ensure the 16 teams traveling to Irvine will have a memorable experience as they compete for this national collegiate title.”

 

Tickets for next year's tournament will go on sale Monday, December 4, 2017.

 

The men’s soccer championship has been held in California four previous times.  The tournament was in Pasadena in 1976 and in Fresno in 1984, 2008 and 2009.

 

“We are excited to start a new chapter with men’s soccer in Irvine, California,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “Our team is eager to work alongside the Golden State Athletic Conference to make this championship event memorable for our student-athletes.”

 

All games in the week-long event will be played in the new 2,500-seat championship stadium at the Orange County Great Park Sports Complex.

 

“This winning bid is a true community effort; the support of the City of Irvine, its new Orange County Great Park Sports Complex along with our hotel partners made it possible for our Destination Irvine sales team to secure the 2018 and 2019 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship for Irvine,” said Bryan Starr, President/CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Irvine Economic Development and Destination Irvine. “The new Sports Complex gives Irvine a new level of competitiveness that we can leverage to attract sporting events of this caliber.”


About Destination Irvine
Under the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit 501(c)6, Destination Irvine, funded by a self-imposed assessment through a Hotel Improvement District (H.I.D.) positions Irvine as a destination for visitors, meetings and groups. Destination Irvine through direct sales efforts including database marketing, lead generation, trade show participation, and familiarization tours, sells the destination. In addition, Destination Irvine promotes Irvine through marketing, advertising and public relations efforts.

 

About the NAIA

Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.  The NAIA has sponsored men’s soccer since the 1959-60 academic year, with the inaugural championship taking place in Slippery Rock, Pa. Former member Pratt Institute (N.Y.) became the association’s first-ever men’s soccer national champion. Currently, there are 200 institutions that sponsor men’s soccer at this level.

 

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Monday, Oct 23
Men's Golf
Menlo
at Day 1 - Simpson University Fall Invite
All Day
Tuesday, Oct 24
Men's Golf
Menlo
at Day 2 - Simpson University Fall Invite
All Day
Tuesday, Oct 24
Women's Volleyball
William Jessup
at Pacific Union
6:00 PM PT
Tuesday, Oct 24
Women's Soccer
Saint Katherine
at Hope International
7:00 PM PT
at Diamond Bar HS
Tuesday, Oct 24
Women's Volleyball
Ottawa-Arizona
at Vanguard
7:00 PM PT
Tuesday, Oct 24
Women's Volleyball
Life Pacific
at La Sierra
7:00 PM PT
Wednesday, Oct 25
Women's Volleyball
Ottawa-Arizona
at San Diego Christian
7:00 PM PT
at Grossmont College
Wednesday, Oct 25
Women's Volleyball
Menlo
at UC Santa Cruz
7:00 PM PT
Thursday, Oct 26
Women's Soccer
Menlo
at UC Santa Cruz
TBA
Thursday, Oct 26
Women's Basketball
California Baptist
at The Master's
5:00 PM PT
Thursday, Oct 26
Women's Volleyball
The Master's
at Arizona Christian
7:00 PM PT
Thursday, Oct 26
Men's Basketball
Pacific Union
at William Jessup
7:30 PM PT
Thursday, Oct 26
Men's Basketball
Bethesda
at The Master's
8:00 PM PT
Friday, Oct 27
Women's Volleyball
(7)Westmont
at Arizona Christian
3:00 PM PT
Friday, Oct 27
Women's Volleyball
Hope International
at Menlo
3:30 PM PT
Yesterday
Women's Volleyball
Hope International
1
at (7)Westmont
3
Yesterday
Women's Basketball
Northwest (WA)
48
at William Jessup
61
Yesterday
Men's Soccer
Hope International
5
at San Diego Christian
0
Cuyamaca College
Yesterday
Women's Volleyball
William Jessup
2
at San Diego Christian
3
Santee Boys and Girls Club
Yesterday
Women's Volleyball
Menlo
3
at Arizona Christian
1
Yesterday
Men's Soccer
(12)Vanguard
1
at Arizona Christian
0
Yesterday
Men's Soccer
The Master's
2
at William Jessup
0
Yesterday
Women's Soccer
Hope International
3
at San Diego Christian
0
Cuyamaca College
Yesterday
Women's Soccer
(7)Westmont
0
at Menlo
2
Yesterday
Men's Soccer
(RV)Westmont
2
at Menlo
1
Yesterday
Women's Soccer
(5)Vanguard
4
at Arizona Christian
0
Yesterday
Women's Soccer
(12)The Master's
1
at William Jessup
0
Yesterday
Women's Cross Country
Menlo
at Warrior Invitational - Johnson-Springview Park, Rocklin, Calif.
No Team Score
Yesterday
Women's Cross Country
Hope International
at Warrior Invitational hosted by William Jessup (Johnson-Springview Park)
No Team Score
Yesterday
Women's Cross Country
(RV)Westmont
at William Jessup Warrior Invitational
6th of 7
Johnson Spring View Park in Rocklin, CA
Under Armour
Duke's Huntington Beach
Standings
  • + GSAC Champion