The Florida State women’s lacrosse program will begin competition during the 2025-26 academic year.
Florida State University will add women’s lacrosse as a varsity scholarship program, Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford announced on Tuesday, October 3. FSU women’s lacrosse is projected to begin competition in the 2025-26 academic year.
“We are excited to add women’s lacrosse as a varsity scholarship program at Florida State,” said Alford. “Lacrosse is the fastest growing college sport nationally and it is evident that our culture and community will enthusiastically embrace it. Lacrosse provides another opportunity to compete at a championship level.”
With this decision, FSU becomes one of 118 Division 1 NCAA women’s lacrosse programs spanning 16 conferences. The Seminoles also embark on competition in one of the nation’s premiere women’s lacrosse conferences in the ACC, which has produced 17 NCAA women’s lacrosse national champions and has placed a team in the national title game in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
“As a club team at FSU, women’s lacrosse has a proven culture of excellence and achievement,” said Alford. “In hearing from both current and former players, their passion and input throughout this process was constructive and helpful in our decision making. I am thankful for their participation in the process and looking forward to an exciting future.”
“We are thrilled that Florida State will begin sponsoring women’s lacrosse and we look forward to welcoming the program in 2025-26,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “There is no shortage of ACC women’s lacrosse successes, and this is another example of our league’s continued commitment to maximizing the educational and athletic opportunities for our student-athletes.”
FSU anticipates participating in non-conference competition (“Fall Ball”) during the Fall 2025 semester, prior to debuting varsity competition in spring 2026. The University will begin a search for a women’s varsity lacrosse head coach in the coming weeks.