College: Ratio of female to male NCAA Division I athletes

Sport 2019 ratio (1987 ratio)
1. Soccer 1.56 (0.29)
2. Swimming/diving 1.53 (0.90)
3. Track & field 1.25 (0.60)
4. Cross-country 1.22 (0.74)
5. Tennis 1.12 (0.86)
6. Basketball 0.92 (0.86)
7. Softball/baseball 0.59 (0.32)
Note: Sports among the top 10 most popular for both men and women in 2018-19. Source: NCAA participation statistics via FiveThirtyEight.
13 comments about "College: Ratio of female to male NCAA Division I athletes".
  1. Michael Bernard, June 24, 2022 at 1:02 p.m.

    Help me out with just a bit more info. What's the ratio mean?
    Soccer 1.56 for every male athlete there are 1.56 women athletes in Soccer?
    Numbers without narative are just numbers.

  2. Kevin Sims replied, June 24, 2022 at 1:10 p.m.

    Michael ... I believe you sorted that out correctly. The ratio of players ons cholarship would be interesting as well. 

  3. Greedy Striker, June 24, 2022 at 1:11 p.m.

    Title IX has done enormous good and I am a HUGE supporter of it. With that said, it is a reason many men's soccer players and other smaller men's sports are being eliminated and discriminated against disproportionately. An unintended consequence has been to hurt Men’s Soccer.
    Men’s college soccer players often have significantly less soccer scholarships overall. This is especially true at smaller schools. Until this discrepancy I addressed our sill continue to see college soccer become primarily focus on womens game. This will continue because American football programs take 80+ full scholarships and to make up the difference to comply with Title IX, Men’s Soccer is treated unfairly (often with men's programs completely eliminated or scholarships cut while women's soccer scholarships are handed out like candy to equal out the scholarships given to football, baseball and basketball.

  4. Donald Lee replied, June 24, 2022 at 3:32 p.m.

    I used to agree with you, but if that is true (Title IX results in no men's soccer) I can't figure out how Univ Virginia,  UCLA,  Standford, and many other big schools with Big Football, Baseball and Basketball programs also have big men's (and women's) soccer programs.  Does anyone know the answer?

  5. Greedy Striker replied, June 28, 2022 at 1:05 p.m.

    Discrimination. There's no way around saying it. If you need an example, just look at schools in the SEC. ALMOST NONE OF THEM HAVE MENS SOCCER. Because the ADs and presidents at these institutions choose to make money off American football and that's perfectly fine, but college athletics has largely turned into just money-making. Title IX is supposed to work BOTH ways in my reading of the law. A complete lack of equality exists between Men’s and Women's soccer regarding scholarships. Male players should sue. 

  6. Peter Bechtold, June 24, 2022 at 4:35 p.m.

    @Donald Lee: The large athletic powerhouses have independent athletic budgets. Stanford university is a private school that fielded teams in 22 different varsity sports. Look at their endowment. Same with the Ivies and equivalents, also most Big Ten schools.
    As I recall, SA listed 342 women soccer among colleges, vs. about 220 for men. My old alma mater cancelled mens soccer, baseball, volleyball, track and field, golf tennis, but has varsity teams for women in all these. The only sport kept for men and women is basketball. Enrollment just under 30k.
    I went to watch 3 matches of the womens team, and honestly, it was hard to watch. These
    young ladies were all on scholarship. My greatest fear is that the sporting culture will define our sport futbol,soccer as a sport for females, similar to field hockey and increasingly softball.

  7. Peter Bechtold, June 24, 2022 at 4:48 p.m.

    Another consequence of Title IX is that neighboring countries have taken advantage. Canada,s Olympic and WC teams had 20 of 23 players on their rosters having played college soccer in the US. The figures for Mexico are similar, although dual nationality plays a role there. The fruits of Title IX.

  8. John DiFiore, June 24, 2022 at 8:32 p.m.

    Ideally, shouldn't it be equal??  How many mens programs have been shut down? 
    p.s. I have a female college athlete playing soccer.

  9. Bob Ashpole replied, June 24, 2022 at 9:09 p.m.

    The schools are free to plan their programs as they chose as long as support is the same for both genders. That usually means that they run lots of different womens programs and concentrate the mens scholarships in football. Don't blame women or Title IX for killing men's programs. It is what the schools chose. Personally I think the country would be better off without American football as a college "sport". Many schools, however, use it as a money generating business.

  10. Tim Lenahan, June 24, 2022 at 11:30 p.m.

    Schools that can field Women's Rowing can get large numbers and additional scholarships to balance men's sport.   For bigger programs that is one of the great equalizers.  80 member teams with 20 scholarships offset some of the numbers of football.

    No one at the more prominent schools should ever complain about football.  It funds the entire athletic department with the TV contracts, etc.   The US has the best Women's National Program in history because of football.  In 1982 when Title IX began to be more rigidly enforced, all the big schools added Women's Soccer.  The rest is history.  

  11. Ben Myers, June 26, 2022 at 12:56 a.m.

    Players on scholarship?  With soccer it is a laugh.  For men, Division 1 - 9.9, Division 2 - 9, Division 3 none.  For women, the numbers are Division 1 -14, Division 2 - 9.9, Division 3 none.

    Compare and contrast with NCAA football!


    D1 – FBS 85
    D1 – FCS 63
    D2 36

    Don't anybody get your hearts set on your kid earning a scholarship to play soccer in college.

  12. stan kull, June 26, 2022 at 12:10 p.m.

    Times are changing fast.  It has gone beyond Title XI.

    https://www.si.com/college/nebraska/football/tad-stryker-commentary-pay-the-players-movement-will-hurt-as-many-as-it-helps

  13. Ben Myers replied, June 26, 2022 at 9:02 p.m.

    NIL makes a mockery of the way that colleges have used and abused their indentured (mostly) football servants for many years.

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