National Collegiate Athletic Association
The NCAA is an association which comprises more than a thousand of institutions, grouped in different Conferences, organizations, and individuals which organize college sports programs in the United States and Canada.
The headquarter is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The NCAA is the largest college sporting organization in the world and since it is so big in some state it is more followed than professional sports.
Currently, more than 450.000 college-athletes compete in 1.281 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
Almost 2.7 billion dollars per year are made available as scholarships in more than 89 championships divided into 23 sports.
NCAA DIVISION I, II e III
The NCAA is divided into Division I, II, III based on the financial budget that each school has available. Basically more money the school has available the higher will be the category in which they will compete.
A college/university competing in Division I (comprised of almost 350 universities, 6.000 teams, and more than 170.000 student-athletes) need to be able to sponsor at least 16 sports, of which 8 for men teams and 8 for the girls.
Colleges and universities which are part of Division 1 keep a high academic standard for student-athletes and offer multiple opportunities in the sports field.
The minimum number of sports disciplines that a college needs to sponsor in a Division II school is 10, and it needs to offer at least 20 full scholarships.
The Division III, with almost 450 colleges and 180.000 student-athletes and the most numerous one as of the number of participating schools, don't offer an athletic scholarship but only academic scholarships.
Agli Istituti di Divisione I e II è permesso fornire allo studente-atleta la quota d’iscrizione, le tasse scolastiche, il vitto e l’alloggio, l’uniforme, le incordature, le scarpe e tutti i libri di testo.