NCAA Division 1 men’s coaches have launched a campaign in conjunction with the NSCAA to press their case for abandoning the fall college season in favor of a fall-spring season.
The Academic Year Season Model would reduce the number of fall games, create a
winter break, add games in the spring, reduce weekday games and bring the championship to June, addressing what the coaches say are issues of health, safety and time demands of student-athletes.
The coaches believe the proposal will reduce conflicts between academics and practice and games, increased practice times between games and reduce the number of games played over the
The proposal only covers NCAA I men. According to a survey of NCAA Division I women's players, just 17 percent supported the move to split the seasons. The key to the campaign is
to convince athletic directors, college presidents and NCAA executives that the changes are important and feasible.
The longest team sport's season is the five months (plus playoffs) for
NCAA Division I ice hockey. The proposed Division I men's soccer schedule extends four-plus months (September-November and February-April)
“We want to educate our Athletic
Directors, NCAA leadership, student athletes, coaches and fans on the advantages of this Academic Year Model,” said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski, NSCAA D1 men’s committee chairman.
“It’s the same number of playing opportunities we have today  but it reduces missed class time, gives appropriate rest and recovery time between games and moves the championship into a
better weather time of year.”
The NCAA Division I men's final four draws poorly in December. The model for increased support is the NCAA lacrosse final four, which regularly draws
crowds of 25,000 or more in late spring.
The record NCAA Tournament crowd for NCAA Division I men's soccer is 21,319 for the 1995 semifinals in Richmond that included Bruce Arena's
last game as Virginia coach before he headed off to MLS, which launched in 1996.