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  1. NAIA facts
    February 24, 2010

    The NAIA was the first athletic association to include Canadian members, and has 5 active members. The NAIA has also had a member from the Bahamas. Whereas, the NCAA has only one foreign member. Thus it is more appropriate to say that the NAIA represents Colleges and Universities in the US and Canada, while the NCAA only represents US institutions.

    The NAIA does have 2 scholarship divisions in basketball.

    The NCAA does not represent just big universities, nor does the NAIA just represent small colleges.


  2. Charyl Grenier
    January 7, 2014

    I am still a little confused on the differences. Do these divisions, the NAIA and NCAA play each other or are the divisions distinct?


    • NAIA athlete
      March 15, 2014

      I have played soccer at an NAIA school for the past 2 years, and we have played D2 and D3 in our first few games of the season. It’s up to the coaches of the schools. Also, our women’s team played a D1 school and it counted for a game for us, but not them.


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