BiIRMINGHAM, Ala. (November 8, 2021) -- Seven Southeastern Conference teams are among the field of 64 teams, which will compete for the 40th NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, it was announced this afternoon by the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee.
The SEC's seven NCAA Tournament selections are the second-most among all conferences. Over the last seven NCAA Tournaments, the SEC has placed 47 teams in the event.
Three of the SEC's selections earned national seeds. Regular season champion Arkansas earned a No. 2 seed, the highest in school history; SEC Tournament champion Tennessee earned a No. 3 seed; and Auburn garnered a No. 4 seed.
Alabama is making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2017. The Crimson Tide will visit Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Arkansas earned a No. 2 national seed, marking the third-straight season the Razorbacks enter the tournament as a national seed. Arkansas is making its eighth appearance in program history at the NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks will host Northwestern State in the first round of the tournament.
Auburn returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018 and is making its 16th overall appearance. The No. 4 seeded Tigers will host Samford in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
LSU is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time and first since 2018. The Tigers will take on Memphis in the opening round of the tournament.
Ole Miss is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last five tournaments and the sixth time in the Matt Mott era. The Rebels will play Saint Louis University in Oxford.
South Carolina earned its ninth-straight NCAA Tournament bid. It marks the 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Gamecocks, who have reached the event in 14 of the last 15 years. The Gamecocks will travel to No. 2 seed North Carolina for their opening NCAA Tournament match.
Tennessee received a No. 3 national seed and is the SEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the conference tournament. The Volunteers are appearing in the event for the 13th time and the third time in five years. Tennessee will host Lipscomb in the first round of the tournament.
First round action will be played November 12-14, while the second/third-rounds will be held November 19 and 21, with the quarterfinals on November 26 or 27. This 40th annual NCAA Women's College Cup will be played Dec. 3 and 5 at Stevens Stadium in Santa Clara, California, with Santa Clara University, the West Coast Conference, and the San Jose Sports Authority all serving as hosts. The first national semifinal will be played and broadcast live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Eastern time Friday, Dec. 3, followed by the second semifinal beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. Eastern time live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place at 8 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, Dec. 5 and will also broadcast live on ESPNU.