Akron soccer has a rich tradition, beginning with its inaugural season in 1955. Over the course of 54 years, the Zips have seen the program reach unthinkable heights.
Regarded as one of the top programs in the nation, Akron has made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances, including seven of the last eight seasons. The program has produced 38 All-America selections, with five Zips being named All-Americans over the last three years. Since joining the Mid-American Conference in 1993, the Zips have dominated the league with eleven regular-season titles and six MAC Tournament championships. Akron has also been well represented on the All-MAC squads with 99 selections, including a league record, 66 first team picks. In 2008, Akron placed seven players on the All-MAC first team, other awards included MAC Player of the Year Steve
Zakuani, MAC Newcomer of the Year Darlington Nagbe and MAC Coach of the Year Caleb Porter. In addition, Steve Zakuani was named the National Player of The Year by two different publications and was #1 overall pick in The MLS Draft.
An elite program on the national level, the Zips have spent time in the national rankings each of the last six seasons and were the first team in Mid-American Conference history in any sport to achieve a No.1 national ranking when they held the top spot for four weeks in 2005. The 2008 season was one to remember as Akron held the #2 spot in the polls on two different occasions and won both the MAC regular season and tournament championships on the way to being the #5 seed in The NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the Sweet 16.