Mountain West becomes third NCAA DI conference to drop postseason soccer tournament

The Mountain West became the seventh NCAA Division I conference to make sweeping changes in how it organizes its championships to reduce expenses in light of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of the reductions related to eliminating travel expenses. Cuts relate to changing regular-season schedules and conference tournament formats and as well making conference meetings and media days online events.

Those changes included the elimination of the women’s soccer tournament as well as the baseball, men’s and women’s tennis  tournaments. (The Mountain West does not sponsor men's soccer.)

Here are the changes so far in other conferences as they relate to soccer ...

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. Will 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.)
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