What Is the Difference Between Division 1 and Division 2 Football?


Quick Answer

NCAA Division I football programs compete nationally at the highest level of amateur competition in the United States, while Division II programs usually place a lesser emphasis on athletics and play teams in their region. Division I schools must field more sports and provide more scholarships than Division II programs.

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The NCAA requires Division I institutions to field at least seven men's and seven women's teams, or six men's and eight women's teams. Most future NFL players play for Division I teams, although Division II players can and do make the NFL.

In football, the NCAA further divides Division I teams into the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision. Football Bowl Division teams represent the largest and most prominent programs and must have an average attendance of 15,000 fans per game.

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