|Men's College Cup (semifinals & final)|
|Champions||Howard (title later vacated)|
|Runners-up||Saint Louis (10th title game)|
|Goals scored||98 (4.26 per match)|
The 1971 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament was the thirteenth organized men's college soccer tournament by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the top college soccer team in the United States. The Howard Bison won their first national title by defeating the two-time defending champion Saint Louis Billikens in the championship game, 3–2. The final match was played on December 30, 1971, in Miami, Florida, at the Miami Orange Bowl. Howard's championship would later be vacated by the NCAA on disputed grounds of player eligibility.
|First Round||Second Round||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Final|
|S. Connecticut State||0|
|San Jose State||2|
Final – Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
The Championship was later vacated by the NCAA on the grounds that two Howard players had played amateur soccer in Trinidad, exhausting their eligibility, and that two others had not taken entrance exams, required by the NCAA, to predict a grade point average of at least 1.6. Howard University argued that the eligibility rules were vague and discriminated against foreigners, and that the players had all maintained grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher in college, but the NCAA did not reverse the ruling.
- "1971 Division I Men's Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. p. 11. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
- "Men's Soccer Division I History" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
- "Division I Men's Soccer Championship History". NCAA.com. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
- Wahl, Grant (1997-02-24). "Men on a mission: The 1974 Howard University soccer team wanted to win more than an NCAA title". SI.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26.