College soccer: Big Ten moves to conference-only model for fall

The Big Ten became the biggest NCAA Division I conference to adjust its sports plan for the fall by moving to a conference-only model in face of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision affects men's and women's soccer as well as men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey,  women’s volleyball and football, a Power 5 conference.

It did not release details of what the men's and women's soccer play would be structured. All 14 Big Ten schools play women's soccer; just nine play men's soccer.

The Big Ten said the move will allow athletic departments to develop common Covid-19 testing protocols and give them more flexibility in how to adjust their fall schedules if the Covid-19 pandemic worsens.

Current Big Ten teams include Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State and Wisconsin which have won a combined 15 NCAA Division I men's titles. Penn State won the women's championship in 2015.

The decision comes a day after Ohio State shut down voluntary summer workouts after getting an unnamed number of athletes tested positive.
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