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The Team Academic Award was created to recognize student athletes’ commitment to excellence in the classroom. To be eligible for the College Team Academic Award, the nominated program must be a current member of United Soccer Coaches College Services.  


For a team to be considered for the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, it must have a composite team grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all team members who appear on the official NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA or junior college roster forms for the fall season.

All players on the roster must be included in the calculation of the team GPA, and the nomination form must be signed by a college or university official.

Nomination Forms: Semesters | Trimesters


The Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award was created to recognize teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior, and adherence to the laws of the game.


A team may not have received any (0) Red Cards at any time during the season. The “season” includes all regular season and play-off contests.

Platinum Award: 0 Yellow Cards, 0 Red Cards
Gold Award: 1-10%
Silver Award: 11-30%
Bronze Award: 31-50%

The percentage formula is the number of cards accumulated divided by the number of games played (i.e., 5 cards divided by 20 games played is 0.25 or 25%, which qualifies for a Silver Award).

College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award Nomination Form


The Team Pinnacle Award was established as an annual award in 2019 at the request of United Soccer Coaches Advocacy Groups from both the college and high school level. It was established to be an elite award honoring programs which achieve team recognition for academics, ethics and on-field success in a given year.

Only schools that are members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program are eligible for the award. Recipients must have been awarded the Team Academic Award, earned a Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award and achieved a team winning percentage of .750 or higher during the season of the academic year for the award. The awards are announced each October and presented each January at the College Coaches Reception held at the United Soccer Coaches annual convention.

For further information on the Team Pinnacle Award for colleges, contact National Chair Mike Lynch at michaellynch@ba.edu.

College Team Pinnacle Award Nomination Form

Past Recipients

2019- First year for the award