The soccer tradition at Brigham Young University is one filled with great success and constant improvement. From the time soccer was given club status in the 1980’s to its present day, the soccer program has moved forward finding success in competition, player development, and community service. Brigham Young University has dominated the Collegiate Club Soccer Championships for the past decade, having won National Championships in 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, and most recently, 2017. During this time, the Cougs had an unprecedented run of 30 straight victories at the Club National Championships. This dominance has led to the program seeking higher quality competition in order to create a challenging environment where players can develop.
Because of this desire to compete against the best players and teams possible, in the year 2001, Brigham Young University participated in its first international tour. The team traveled for 10 days throughout Europe, playing 6 games in Spain and Holland. They compiled a 4-1-1 record, playing games in Spain against Vallecas, Rayo Vallecano reserves, and FC Barcelona reserves, and playing games in Holland against FC Sittard and Minor Nuth. In 2002, they spent 6 days in Pachuca and Mexico City playing 4 games against the various reserve teams of Pachuca and Cruz Azul, compiling a 2-2 record. This is the future of Brigham Young University Soccer, traveling internationally while playing the best competition available.
Paralleling their efforts to increase the level of competition , Brigham Young University Soccer left the Collegiate Club division of soccer, and purchased a Premier Development League franchise, where they began play in May of 2003. Part of the United Soccer Leagues, this league provides the year round competition necessary to develop individual and team skills that in hand will better prepare them for success in their international travels. We are the only University sponsored soccer program to ever purchase a franchise and that competes at a level considered higher than NCAA soccer in the pyramid of U.S. soccer development.
In 2017, the Cougars returned to collegiate club play and subsequently won the NIRSA national championship while achieving an undefeated season. Additionally, in August of 2017, many members of the BYU Men's soccer team represented USA Team in Taipei, Taiwan in the FISU World University Games. In the tournament, the team edged out Chinese Taipei to finish 15th in the world. In the tournament, the Cougars were able to face Italy, Brazil, Russia, Canada, and Irish national university teams. The BYU soccer program continues to provide excellent opportunities for personal player growth on and off the field.