Dec. 11, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Orlando's reputation as a soccer-loving town continues to grow. The Division I Women's Soccer College Cup is headed to central Florida in 2016 and 2017, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The pinnacle of college women's soccer will be co-hosted by UCF and the Central Florida Sports Commission, and held at the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium from Dec. 2-4, 2016, and Dec. 1-3, 2017.
"Being awarded these championships is a testament to the first-class venues and other community assets that we are able to offer the NCAA here in Central Florida" said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "When we envisioned the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium, the Women's College Cup was one of the marquee events on the radar."
The championships will make their way back to Orlando for the first time since the early 1980s. UCF hosted the inaugural NCAA women's soccer championship in 1982 when the Knights finished runner-up to UNC. UCF again hosted the championship in 1983 but the Final Four has not been held in the state of Florida since.
"Soccer is extremely popular in the Orlando and Central Florida communities, and UCF is thrilled to partner with the Central Florida Sports Commission, the City of Orlando and Orlando City SC to bring even more high-quality soccer to the area," said UCF Vice President & Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury. "The Women's College Cup is a premiere event on the NCAA Championship calendar and we're proud to be associated with such a great event."