College soccer: Ivy League is first NCAA Division I conference to cancel fall sports

The Ivy League became the first NCAA Division I conference to cancel fall sports when its presidents placed all varsity sports on hold until at least January due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Men's and women's soccer are among the sports in which student-athletes will not be allowed to compete in the fall. Practices and training will be allowed if they meet guidelines set by the respective schools and local authorities.

Already several Ivy League schools have announced that they will limit the number of students on campus during the fall and spring semesters. All other students will continue their studies online like they finished the spring.

The restrictions on student and staff travel and and regulations for visitors to campus made playing intercollegiate athletics an impossible situation.

Student-athletes will not use a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility in the fall whether or not they enroll. NCAA Division I athletes typically have five years to complete four years of athletics.

Changes made by other Division I conferences:
Atlantic 10  (M/W). 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 East
(M/W). Adopted regional play for the regular season. Men's and women's soccer teams will play each team in their division twice in a double round-robin format. Geographic divisions: Georgetown, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova and returning member Connecticut in the East Division; Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Marquette and Xavier in the Midwest Division. Tournament dates, sites and formats will be announced at a later date.

Big Sky (W).
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
(M/W). 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.

CAA (M/W). Adopt what it terms an "extreme flexibility model" to allow men's soccer and women's soccer teams to reduce expenses associated with regular-season travel. All teams will play at least the minimum number of games required for NCAA Tournament eligibility but teams are flexible in terms of the number of conference opponents they face and how often, if at all, they meet. The format and field size for conference tournaments are still under discussion.

MAAC (M/W). Set Sept. 11 as the start date for all non-conference and conference games. Will reduce the number of teams qualifying for conference tournaments in men’s and women’s soccer to four teams (from six teams) and hold them at one site with games Thursday/Saturday or Friday/Sunday.

Patriot
(M/W). Set Sept. 4 as the start date for all non-conference games and banned air travel to games and, with rare exceptions, overnight travel during the regular season.

Southern (M/W). Will reduce the number of teams qualifying for conference tournaments in men’s and women’s soccer to four teams.

Southland (W). Will reduce the number of teams qualifying for conference tournaments its women’s soccer to four teams.
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