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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – [Qualifier Reveal | FCS Schedule] The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 20-team field and the matchups for the First Round of the NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) on Sunda, November 12, 2023. The FCS will kick off on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at four campus sites across the country. The Top 12 seeds receive a first-round bye.
The full field features 13 automatic qualifiers and seven at-large berths. In order to qualify for an automatic bid, teams must win their conference regular season or division title. At-large berths were determined by the NAIA Football National Selection Committee. Teams earning an at-large berth must be ranked in the Top 25 of the final NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll, which can be accessed here.
The 68th Annual NAIA Football National Championship will culminate on December 18th at Durham County Memorial Stadium in Durham, N.C. For more information on the 2023 NAIA Football National Championship, click here.