Teams can qualify to the NPDL Tournament of Champions in one of three ways.

They can autoqualify by meeting the first-round threshold of 35 tournament points by January 1, or the second-round threshold of 42 points by March 1.

A team that does not autoqualify may apply at large. The top four teams that apply from each NPDL region that is a state, and the top two teams that apply from each region in California, qualify.

Teams may also qualify through a wildcard at-large process.

The full qualification rules are found in Article XXII of the Board Manual.