NCAA Division II reduces soccer schedule from maximum of 18 to 14 games

As part of sweeping changes to lessen the financial impact from COVID-19 at colleges and universities, the NCAA Division II Presidents Council approved reductions in the maximum number of games teams can play for the 2020-21 academic year.

Men's and women's soccer had the maximum number of games reduced from 18 to 14.

Basketball went from 28 to 22 games, baseball 50 to 40, softball 56 to 44, football 11 to 10 and women's volleyball 26 to 20.

The minimum number of games a school must play to eligible for the NCAA Tournament was reduced by 33 percent. In the case of men's and women's soccer, the new minimum is seven games.

(California's CCAA has already announced it will postpone all fall sports due to its decision to make most classes on-line.)

“The financial challenges faced by institutions because of COVID-19 are considerable and, as we prepare for summer and fall, continue to increase,” said Sandra Jordan, chancellor of South Carolina-Aiken and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “The approved reductions strike an important balance of providing schools with scheduling flexibility, maintaining competitive equity within the one-year reductions to minimums and maximums, and continuing to prioritize opportunities for student-athletes to compete in NCAA championships. Periods of national crisis require carefully considered compromise.”

In a survey of athletics directors, college presidents and chancellors and conference commissioners, roughly 85 percent supported some form of reduction to the maximum permissible contests for the 2020-21 academic year.

The change only applies for 2020-21.

2 comments about "NCAA Division II reduces soccer schedule from maximum of 18 to 14 games".
  1. Guy Walling, May 21, 2020 at 8:40 a.m.

    Would it not make more sense to move the college soccer season to Spring, making it a prelude to the much needed 2021/2022 split fall/spring season? We need that vote to come sooner than later to make it happen. Not sure why the vote was postponed. We couldn't conduct it by Zoom? Everything else has moved to that format now. 

  2. Michael Taddonio replied, May 21, 2020 at 1:45 p.m.

    Guy:  I agree with you 100%.
              College soccer needs reforms. Having a split season is one of the reforms.
             It would be good to have college soccer played under FIFA rules with a possible exception. I would like to see just five substitutes instead of the present substitution rule. 
             Also, I would like to see overtime NOT taking place during the regular season. Games ending in a tie after regulation time would be a tie game. Overtime would only take place during conference tournaments and the NCAA playoffs. 
             Perhaps conference tournaments would be a thing of the past. The team in 1st place would be the champion. If the teams are tied on points, there would be a tiebreaker.  The tiebreaker could be on goal differential or some other method.

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