2018 NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge

If you're on your phone, click here to see the standings in a pdf.


The Deadline to play is
1:00 PM (ET) Thursday, November 15th.

Welcome back to Everybody Soccer's fifth annual NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge. Last year Top Drawer Soccer’s own JR Eskilson and Travis Clark finished first and third, respectively, showing off their dominance in collegiate soccer expertise.

2018 returns and all the scores are reset as we gear up for a new bracket challenge. Admission is free and the only prize is bragging rights. Student-athletes and the elderly are all welcome to play!

What Is the NCAA Tournament?

Every year NCAA soccer concludes their season with a 48 team tournament. 24 conference representatives are selected by either winning their respective conference or tournament. The remaining 24 spots are filled by teams earning at-large bids, regardless of conference affiliation. The first round features 32 teams facing off while the second round introduces the 16 seeded teams who were given a bye past the first round.

Click here to see the 2018 bracket
A printable version can be found
here

What Is the Bracket Challenge?

The bracket challenge is a free-to-enter competition with no prize to allow student-athletes to play. Simply make your predictions on each game in the national tournament then submit it before the first game kicks off, on Thursday afternoon. The winner will be determined by who scores the most points. You can score a maximum of 176 points total (32 each round, except the first which is only 16). The rounds are weighted as such:

Round 1 - 1 point (16 games)
Round 2 - 2 point (16 games)
Round 3 - 4 points (8 games)
Quarterfinals - 8 points (4 games)
Semifinals - 16 points (2 games)
Final - 32 points (1 game)

How to Play

There are a couple of different ways to submit a bracket.

1. Fancy, Interactive Google Doc - I have created a fancy interactive tool through Google Docs but unfortunately does not work on phones. (You can only use it on a desktop or laptop computer.) 

  • Click here to go to view the bracket template.

  • You will not be able to edit the spreadsheet unless you download the document. Underneath "2018 NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge Template" in the top left, click

    • File > Download As > Microsoft Excel (.xslx)

  • The spreadsheet will download to your computer. Fill out column D, the blue and green cells. The rest of the document will automatically update itself. The spreadsheet has formulas to double check accuracy and spelling, so make sure you end up with smiley faces in the purple column.

  • In the green column at the top, enter your name, state or country you represent, bracket name (can be anything serious or silly), and your twitter handle to appear on the scoreboard.

  • Email me the file at: everybodysoccer@yahoo.com or tweet me @letsallsoccer

  • If something goes terribly wrong or you mess up the document, just go back to the link to re-download the document and start over.

 

2. Edit a Blank Bracket and Send It Over - You can either download the bracket and edit it on your phone or computer. The bracket is fairly clean so writing on it may be easier for you, depending on your phone. You can email me the final product at everybodysoccer@yahoo.com or tweet a picture @letsallsoccer.

Click here to view the printable bracket

 

3. Draw It on a Napkin, Etc. - If you're having trouble downloading the bracket, you can always write down all your picks on a napkin, take a picture of it, and send it my way. It doesn't matter if you write it in crayon or spell it out with macaroni art, as long as I can read each pick, you're in!

 

 

Send in brackets to:
everybodysoccer@yahoo.com
or
@letsallsoccer

Deadline Is 1:00 PM (ET)
Thursday, November 15th.


 

Resources

RPIs and Schedules - Dan Gaucho has a great site for all your RPI and scheduling needs.

Media CoverageTop Drawer Soccer has multiple articles on the tournament, rankings, and players to watch for.

History - Take a look at each school's history with the tournament. Teams were given points for how many rounds they went (Round Pts) and if they held a seed (Seed Pts).  "+/-" is gauging if they overperform or underperform in the tournament given their seed history.

Lastly, here are a few stats on how far average seeds advance in the tournament. Second seeds are the most successful while 14 seeds (who start in the second round) only advance half the time.

Performance by Seed
avg number of rounds completed, 1 to 7

1 - 4.2
2 - 5.7
3 - 4.3
4 - 3.4
5 - 3.8
6 - 3.3
7 - 3.3
8 - 3.9
9 - 3.5
10 - 3.0
11 - 3.1
12 - 3.1
13 - 2.9
14 - 2.5
15 - 2.6
16 - 3.1
unseeded - 1.7

cover photo belongs to Tony Quinn

2017 NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge

If you're on your phone, click here to see the standings in a pdf.

 

The Deadline to play is
1:00 PM (ET) Thursday, November 16th.

Welcome back to Everybody Soccer's fourth annual NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge. Last year Sarah was one of three to pick the correct champion as her bracket ran away with a new all-time record in the bracket challenge. Fortunately for you, there are no roll over points and everyone sets back to zero. Admission is free and the only prize is bragging rights. Student-athletes and the elderly are all welcome to play!

What Is the NCAA Tournament?

Every year NCAA soccer concludes their season with a 48 team tournament. 24 conference representatives are selected by either winning their respective conference or tournament. The remaining 24 spots are filled by teams earning at-large bids, regardless of conference affiliation. The first round features 32 teams facing off while the second round introduces the 16 seeded teams who were given a bye past the first round.

Click here to see the 2017 bracket

What Is the Bracket Challenge?

The bracket challenge is a free-to-enter competition with no prize so anyone can play. Simply make your predictions on each game in the national tournament then submit it before the first game kicks off, on Thursday afternoon. The winner will be determined by who scores the most points. You can score a maximum of 176 points total (32 each round, except the first which is only 16). The rounds are weighted as such:

Round 1 - 1 point (16 games)
Round 2 - 2 point (16 games)
Round 3 - 4 points (8 games)
Quarterfinals - 8 points (4 games)
Semifinals - 16 points
Final - 32 points

How to Play

There are a couple of different ways to submit a bracket.

1. I have created a fancy interactive tool through Microsoft Excel but unfortunately does not work on phones. (You can only use it on a desktop or laptop computer.) 

  • Click here to go to view the bracket template.
  • Underneath "2017 NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge Template" in the top left, click
    • File > Download As > Microsoft Excel (.xslx)
  • The spreadsheet will download to your computer. Fill out column D, the blue and green cells. The rest of the document will automatically update itself. The spreadsheet has formulas to double check accuracy and spelling, so make sure you end up with smiley faces in the purple column.
  • In the green column at the top, enter your name, state or country you represent, bracket name (can be anything serious or silly), and your twitter handle to appear on the scoreboard.
  • Email me the file at: everybodysoccer@yahoo.com or tweet me @letsallsoccer
  • If something goes terribly wrong or you mess up the document, just go back to the link to re-download the document and start over.

 

2. You can either download the bracket and edit it on your phone or computer. You can email me the final product at everybodysoccer@yahoo.com or tweet a picture @letsallsoccer.

Click here to view the printable bracket

 

3. If you're having trouble downloading the bracket, you can always write down all your picks on a napkin, take a picture of it, and send it my way. It doesn't matter if you write it in crayon or spell it out with macaroni art, as long as I can read each pick, you're in!

 

 

Send in brackets to:
everybodysoccer@yahoo.com
or
@letsallsoccer

Deadline Is 1:00 PM (ET)
Thursday, November 16th.


 

Resources

RPIs and Schedules - Dan Gaucho has a great site for all your RPI and scheduling needs.

Media CoverageTop Drawer Soccer has multiple articles on the tournament, rankings, and players to watch for.

History - Take a look at each school's history with the tournament. Teams were given points for how many rounds they went (Round Pts) and if they held a seed (Seed Pts).  "+/-" is gauging if they overperform or underperform in the tournament given their seed history.

Selection Show - Watch a brief recap on each team's season as they unveil the bracket.

Lastly, here are a few stats on how far average seeds advance in the tournament. Second seeds are the most successful while 14 seeds (who start in the second round) only advance half the time.

Performance by Seed
avg number of rounds completed, 1 to 7

1 - 4.2
2 - 5.7
3 - 4.3
4 - 3.4
5 - 3.7
6 - 3.3
7 - 3.3
8 - 4.1
9 - 3.2
10 - 3.0
11 - 3.1
12 - 3.2
13 - 3.0
14 - 2.5
15 - 2.6
16 - 3.2
unseeded - 1.7

2016 NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge

Standings

click here if you're on your phone

 

*** Deadline to play is 1:00 (ET) Thursday, November 17th. ***

Welcome back to Everybody Soccer's third annual NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge. Last year Sean defied the odds with his self-proclaimed "Team of Destiny" and picked up another win for the west coast. This year we return with a clean sheet for everyone. With no prize for the winner, you can't afford not to play!

What Is the NCAA Tournament?

Every year NCAA soccer concludes their season with a 48 team tournament. 24 conference representatives are selected by either winning their respective conference or tournament. The remaining 24 spots are filled by teams earning at-large bids. The first round features 32 teams facing off while the second round introduces 16 seeded teams given a bye past the first round.

Click here to see the 2016 bracket

What Is the Bracket Challenge?

Simply make your predictions on who will win every game in the national tournament then submit it before the first game kicks off, on Thursday afternoon.  The winner will be determined by who scores the most points. You can score a maximum of 176 points total (32 each round, except the first which is only 16). The rounds are weighted as such:

Round 1 - 1 point (16 games)
Round 2 - 2 point (16 games)
Round 3 - 4 points (8 games)
Quarterfinals - 8 points (4 games)
Semifinals - 16 points
Final - 32 points

There is no award or prize for the winner. Collegiate athletes are welcome to play as there is no buy-in or pay out for participants. The winner only gets bragging rights.

How to Play

There are a couple of different ways to submit a bracket.

1. You can print off a bracket, fill it out, and send it to me at everybodysoccer@yahoo.com or tweet a picture @letsallsoccer.

Click here to view the printable bracket.

2. If you're having trouble printing out the bracket, you can save the bracket to your computer and fill in the rounds with any photo editing program. Even Microsoft Paint would work for this. Or you can write it all out on a napkin and send me the list. It doesn't have to be pretty and as long as its legible, I can submit your bracket myself.

3. If you can get to a computer, a fancier and more interactive tool can be found on the google templates. Google templates stores shells of documents that you can download and edit on your own.

  • Click here to go to google templates.
  • Search for "NCAA Soccer" in the public gallery.
  • Click the "NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge Template By Bill Reno"
  • At the top header, click the button "Use This Template"
  • Only fill out column D, the blue row. The bracket will automatically update itself. If you spell a college incorrectly then it will tell you to try again. You must spell it correctly or else it will not understand what you are inputting.
  • At the top, enter your name, state you represent, bracket name (can be anything serious or silly), and your twitter handle to appear on the scoreboard.
  • Send to it me by selecting

    File > Share > Email: everybodysoccer@yahoo.com

    (Make sure you are clicking the in-template "File" and not the "File" at very top of your computer screen.)
  • If something goes terribly wrong or you mess up the document, just go back to the google templates to re-download the document and start over.
     

*** All brackets must be in by 1:00 (ET) Thursday, November 17th. ***

 

Resources

RPIs and Schedules - Dan Gaucho has a great site for all your RPI and scheduling needs.

Media CoverageTop Drawer Soccer has multiple articles on the tournament, rankings, and players to watch for.

History - Take a look at each school's history with the tournament. Teams were given points for how many rounds they went (Round Pts) and if they held a seed (Seed Pts).  "+/-" is gauging if they over (+) or underperform (-) in the tournament given their seed.

Performance by Seed
avg number of rounds completed, 1 to 7

1 - 4.4
2 - 5.7
3 - 4.3
4 - 3.3
5 - 3.5
6 - 3.2
7 - 3.3
8 - 4.2
9 - 3.1
10 - 3.1
11 - 3.2
12 - 3.2
13 - 3
14 - 2.5
15 - 2.7
16 - 3.3
unseeded - 1.7
 

Performance by Conference
avg number of rounds completed, 1 to

Big Ten - 3
ACC - 3
Pac-12 - 2.9
Mid-American - 2.7
Big East - 2.6
Big West - 2.4
AAC - 2.3
C-USA - 2
West Coast - 1.9
A10 - 1.9
American East - 1.8
Ivy - 1.7
Southern - 1.7
Horizon - 1.7
CAA - 1.7
Missouri Valley - 1.7
Big South - 1.5
Patroit - 1.5
Northeast - 1.4
WAC - 1.3
MAAC - 1.2
Summit - 1.2
Atlantic Sun - 1.1
Sun Belt - 1

2015 NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge

Picking up where we left off last year, everybody is continuing to soccer with the 2015 NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge! Last year we had a heated race that not only saw Liviu Bird top the group, but included a former USMNT player who unfortunately did not do so well with his picks. If you aren't really familiar with college soccer, go to the bottom for the resources so you can have the chance to say you know more about soccer than someone who played for the US.

Standings

I've included some fun stats this year. We have a win%, which is based on how many points a bracket has to cover in how many games remaining. There's also the expected points that uses RPI rating as its basis. On the stats tab, you can see each bracket's pick as well as how often a school was picked to advance. The last two tabs are the math behind it all so don't worry about those. If you're on your phone, click here to view the standings.

The account names without an "@" in front of it are taken from bigsoccer forums. Those marked as "N/A" were brackets that were emailed in.

About the NCAA Tournament

Every year NCAA soccer concludes their season with a 48 team tournament. 24 conference representatives are selected by either winning their respective conference or tournament. The remaining 24 spots are filled by teams earning at-large bids. The first round features 32 teams and the second round introduces 16 seeded teams given a bye past the first round.

Click here to see the 2015 bracket

How to Play

There are a couple of different ways to play.

1. You can print off a bracket, fill it out, and send it to me at everybodysoccer@yahoo.com or tweet a picture to @letsallsoccer.

2. You can simply just type or write it all out and send me the list. As long as they are sorted by round, I can submit your bracket myself.

3. If you can get to a computer, a fancier and more interactive tool can be found on the google templates. Search for "NCAA Soccer" in the public gallery.

  1. Click the "NCAA Soccer Bracket Challenge Template By Bill Reno"
  2. At the top header, click the button "Use This Template"
  3. Only fill out column D, the blue row. The bracket will automatically update itself. If you spell a college incorrectly (use the gray columns for reference) then it will tell you to try again.
  4. Enter in your name, team name, state, and twitter handle to appear on the scoreboard.
  5. Send to it me by selecting File > Share > Email:everybodysoccer@yahoo.com. (Make sure you are clicking the in-template "File" and not the "File" at very top of your computer screen.)
  6. If something goes terribly wrong and you mess up the whole thing, just go back to the google templates home page to start over.

How to Win

The winner will be determined by who scores the most points. You can score a maximum of 176 points total (32 each round, except the first which is only 16). The rounds are weighted as such:

Round 1 - 1 point
Round 2 - 2 point
Round 3 - 4 points
Quarterfinals - 8 points
Semifinals - 16 points
Final - 32 points

Resources

RPIs and Schedules - Dan Gaucho has a great site for all your RPI and scheduling needs.

Media Coverage - Three sites that could give you more info on schools: Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News, and Hero Sports.

History - Take a look at each school's history with the tournament. Teams were given points for how many rounds they went and if they held a seed. The first few columns are weighted points for the round reached and seed given. "DIFF" is gauging if they over (+) or underperform (-) in the tournament given their seed.