College conferences have started to make sweeping cuts to reduce their expenses and those of their members in light of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuts relate to
changing regular-season schedules and conference tournament formats and as well making conference meetings and media days online events.
Soccer is among the many sports affected. Here are
the changes so far ... Atlantic 10.
Will cut the schedules for men's and women's soccer by 25 percent and "regionalize"
the schedules. The conference tournaments will now feature the top four teams. Big Sky.
Will stage its usual nine-game
regular season for women's soccer but eliminate the conference tournament. (It does not sponsor men's soccer.) Big South.
limit its conference tournament fields for men's and women's soccer to just the top four teams and move the championship games to on-campus sites. Mid-American.
Will eliminate conference tournaments in men's soccer and women's soccer. Southern.
Will reduce the number of teams qualifying for conference tournaments its men’s and women’s soccer to four teams.
Southland. Will reduce the number of teams qualifying for conference tournaments its women’s soccer to four teams. (It does
not sponsor men's soccer.)