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Announcing the NSC Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award

NIRSA and all the members of the Championship Series Committee are proud to announce the newly established Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award. This annual award will celebrate the dedication of a NIRSA Championship Series volunteer

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The NIRSA/ICC cricket program continues to make headway

We’re excited to bring you an update on the NIRSA/ICC Campus Cricket Program’s second year! NIRSA Headquarters is focused on growing the cricket program in strong regional areas. We’re expanding the number of schools playing

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The 2017 NIRSA National Soccer Championships were spectacular

The 24h Annual NIRSA National Soccer Championships, played November 16–18, took place in a familiar place: The Reach 11 Sport Complex in Phoenix, AZ. While there were two new champions crowned in the Open Division,

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2017 NIRSA Flag Football National Championships in Pensecola—be there!

The 2017 NIRSA Championship Series flag football season is underway. Regionals started in late October and have been going strong. With those tournaments ending in December, we’re ramping up for the 2017 NIRSA National Flag

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Goodbye from Phoenix!

It was another great tournament!

Thank you to all of the teams, players, coaches, fans, friends and family that make this a great event.

Thank you to all of our tournament volunteers and officials from across the nation who contribute their time and energy to make sure this event goes on every year.

Special Thanks go to:

  • Tournament Director-Valerie McCutchan
  • Co Directors of Competition-Danny Feitel & Erik Jaeke
  • Director of Officials-Noah Yannie
  • Officials Assignor-David Cymerman (special thank you for his 22 years of service to the tournament)
  • Assistant Director of Officials-Kevin Mauer
  • Director of Operations-Sadat Khan
  • Assistant Director of Operations-Kristi Levanduski

A final thanks goes to the Reach 11 Sport Complex!

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Thank you for joining us! See you next year!

BYU wins first national title in 16 years!

The BYU Cougars are the 2017 Men’s National Champions. They won their first national title since 2001.  It is the program’s 6th national title. No other program has more than 3.

BYU opened tournament play strongly with pool play wins over Michigan State 3-1 and Penn 5-0.

BYU opened bracket play with a Round of 16 win over 2015 national champion North Carolina 2-0. They next had a great match against NC State in the quarterfinal. BYU prevailed 1-0.  The engine began to rev up as champions do with 3-1 win over Wisconsin in the semifinals.

BYU had no problems in the final against Cal Poly. BYU opened with a tremendous run of around 30 yards through 4 defenders and a nutmeg score by Christian Bain in the 19th minute. It was the type of goal that some color commentators (or one) would label “magisterial.” 4 minutes later Tanner Whitworth would score on a header from a cross through the run of play to lead 2-0. BYU would later add goals by Cameron McLaughlin in the 58th minute and another from Tanner Whitworth in the 62nd minute to give the Cougars what they needed to win. A PK from Josh Lazar of Cal Poly in the final minutes of the match would make the final score BYU 4 Cal Poly 1.

BYU was led by all tournament players Mitchell Scott, Payden Pemberton and Taylor Fankhauser.

BYU also had the Most Outstanding Goalkeeper Austin Bagley and Most Valuable Player Tanner Whitworth.

Congratulations to the 2017 men’s national champions the BYU Cougars!

UCSB wins Back to Back National Titles!

The University California-Santa Barbara Gauchos are the 2017 Women’s National Champions. They have now won 2 consecutive titles. It is the program’s 7th overall national title. The 7 have been won in past 11 seasons. No other program has more than 3 titles.

UCSB started pool play with a 1-1 draw over Florida and won the group with a 3-0 victory over Ohio.

UCSB battled through the first 2 rounds with a pair of 1-0 victories against Vermont in the Round of 16 and Cal Poly in the quarterfinals. UCSB then began to rev up their engines with a 4-0 win over Penn State in the semifinals.

In the final against Texas, UCSB was rarely threatened. Mariela Cisneros opened the scoring with a goal in the 20th minute.  Hannah Wendelken provided a crushing 2nd goal in the 39th minute of the match to make 2-0 just before halftime. Chloe Klienman provided the 3rd and final goal 4 minutes into the 2nd half.  UCSB defeated Texas 3-0 to earn their back to back titles and 7th overall.

UCSB was led by all-tournament players, Margaret Boyer, Chloe Klienman and Erin Smith.

UCSB also had the tournament’s Most Outstanding Goalkeeper in Lauren Racioppi and tournament Most Valuable Player Mariela Cisneros.

Congratulations to our back to back women’s national champions the University of California-Santa Barbara Gauchos!

Wildcats feel right at home with Men’s Open Title

The Arizona Wildcats are the 2017 Men’s Open Champions. Arizona won their first open title in history. Arizona marched through the tournament undefeated.

Arizona marched through pool play with a 4-0 win over Colorado-Colorado Springs, a 6-0 win over St. Edward’s and a 4-2 win over Miami (FL).

In bracket play, Arizona continued their strong play with a 3-1 win over Xavier in the quarterfinals. The matches get tougher as bracket play goes on. The semifinal was tough against North Carolina-Greensboro but the Wildcats scored the lone goal of the match to see Arizona through to the final with the 1-0 win.

In the final, Arizona scored a first half goal against Texas that proved to be the only goal needed as Arizona defeated Texas 1-0.

Arizona was led by all-tournament players Payton Rudnick, Matthew Grimes, Jeremy Siwik and Brian Molina.

Arizona also had the Most Outstanding Goalkeeper Chase Van Bibber and Tournament Most Valuable Player Karai Keil.

Congratulations to the 2017 Men’s Open Champions the Arizona Wildcats!

Ducks fly their way to Women’s Open Title

The Oregon Ducks are the 2017 Women’s Open Champions. Oregon won their first open title in their history. Oregon seemed to gain strength as the tournament went on.

Oregon opened their path to the title with a come from behind 2-1 victory over Dayton. That was followed up with a 1-1 draw over Iowa State.   Oregon was able to win their group with 2-1 victory over UConn.

In bracket play, Oregon’s defense was as solid as a team could be in the run up to the final. Oregon opened up bracket play with a 1-0 victory over James Madison.  The offense also stepped up in the semifinal with a 3-0 win over Illinois.

In the final versus Colorado “Black”, Oregon jumped out to a first half lead with a goal from Stephanie Lunde. Colorado “Black” answered with a 2nd half goal to tie the match. Meghan Schroeder found the back of the net to give Oregon the difference needed to win the open championship.

Throughout the tournament, the Ducks were led by all tournament players, Meg Rogers, Jean Elliott, Stephanie Lunde and Ty Harames.

The Ducks also had both the Most Outstanding Goalkeeper Christina Bartingale and the Most Valuable Player of the tournament Amy Shepherd.

Congratulations to our Women’s Open Champion the Oregon Ducks!


BYU Wins 1st National Title Since 2001!

BYU defeats Cal Poly 4-1.

Congratulations to our Men’s National Champions Brigham Young University!