Sunday, October 17th, 2021

DI and NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings Released

CLEVELAND – In the second set of fall Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, Syracuse continues its first place run by scoring a total of 347.50 points to lead Division I, while Biola has moved up from 10th to take the lead by accumulating 313 points in the NAIA standings.

Syracuse added 83 points to its score by coming in third in men’s soccer to remain in first. Biola takes over first in NAIA by placing fifth in women’s volleyball and ninth in both men’s and women’s soccer.

In Division I, Stanford narrows the margin and is in second place with 344.50 points (1st in men’s soccer and 5th in women’s soccer), in third is Virginia with 295 points (5th in women’s soccer and 17th in men’s soccer), North Carolina jumps 10 spots to fourth with 232 points (9th in men’s soccer and 17th in women’s soccer) and rounding out the top five is UCLA with 211.50 points (17th men’s soccer and 1st in men’s water polo).

The ACC leads all Division I conferences with four institutions in the top 10 – Syracuse (1st), Virginia (3rd), North Carolina (4th) and Notre Dame (6th).

In NAIA, Columbia (MO) has jumped from 34th  to second with a total of 248 points (1st in women’s volleyball, 5th in men’s soccer and 17th in women’s soccer), Indiana Wesleyan currently is in third with 218 points (5th in men’s soccer), College of Idaho is in fourth with 206.50 points (9th in women’s volleyball) and Lindsey Wilson concludes the top 5 with 198 points (2nd in women’s soccer, 3rd in women’s volleyball and 9th in men’s soccer).

The Golden State Athletic Conference leads all NAIA conferences in the top 10 with three institutions – Biola (1st), Westmont (6th) and Vanguard (tied 7th).

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.  Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports in Division I – 10 men’s and 10 women’s; and 12 sports in the NAIA – six women’s and six men’s.

The next Division I & NAIA fall standings will be released Wednesday, December 24.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial.  Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at  In addition, please visit, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.

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