The move to cut back or eliminate fall sports (or move them to the spring) grew as the week ended.
Here is an overview of how it affects men's and women's soccer: NCAA Division I.
followed the Big Ten
in moving to restrict fall sports to conference play only.
Ten and Pac-12 schools -- 14 and 12 -- play women's soccer but men's soccer is played by only nine and five schools, respectively. (The Pac-12's sixth member is San Diego State. What the Pac-12 move
means for SDSU's participation is not known.)
In making its announcement, the Pac-12 stated it will be delaying the start of fall sports until it is "provided sufficient positive data to
enable a move to a second phase of return-to-play activities.”
The announcement came hours before Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced he was tested positive for Covid-19 with
mild flu-like symptoms and is self-quarantining while still working from home.
Earlier in the week, the Ivy League
announced that it was canceling all fall sports
Other Division I conferences with
men's or women's soccer announced plans
to cut back or eliminate their
tournaments or adopt regional schedules or allow schools to regionalize their schedules.
The implications of eliminating non-conference football games are significant as many colleges in
smaller conferences often earn big paydays for playing games against Power 5 conference teams like those in the Big Ten and Pac-12.
Until now, Division I programs have eliminated only a
relatively small number of non-revenue sports. But that could change if college football isn't played during the 2020-21 year. One option: move football (and other fall sports) to the spring.
Suspended fall programs: NCAA Division I (8) Connecticut:
Harvard (M/W) New Hampshire:
Dartmouth (M/W) New Jersey:
Princeton (M/W) New York:
Columbia (M/W), Cornell (M/W) Pennsylvania:
Penn (M/W) Rhode Island:
Brown (M/W) Note:
M=sponsors men's soccer; W=sponsors women's soccer. NCAA Division II.
In May, the NCAA Division II Presidents Council approved reductions in the maximum number of games
teams can play -- down to
14 from 18 for soccer.
A week earlier, the California Collegiate Athletic Association
, the most successful NCAA Division II conference, suspended sports for the fall 2020 semester
in response to the decision by
the 23-school California State University system to cancel most in-person classes and continue instruction online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, the Central Intercollegiate
and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
both suspended sports for the fall, though only four members (Albany State, Lincoln, Shaw and Spring Hill play
soccer). Suspended fall programs: NCAA Division II (17) Alabama:
Cal Poly Pomona (M/W), Cal State Dominguez Hills (M/W), Cal State East Bay (M/W), Cal State LA (M/W), Cal State Monterey Bay (M/W), Cal State San Bernardino (M/W), Cal
State San Marcos (M/W), Chico State (M/W), Humboldt State (M/W), San Francisco State (M/W), Sonoma State (M/W), Stanislaus State (M/W). Connecticut:
Bridgeport (M/W) Georgia:
Albany State (W). North Carolina:
Shaw (M/W). Pennsylvania:
Lincoln (W). Note:
M=sponsors men's soccer;
W=sponsors women's soccer. NCAA Division III.
On Friday, the New England Small College Athletic Conference
, which has
produced five of the last six men's soccer national champions at the NCAA Division III, has canceled all sports for fall 2020.
NESCAC said its 11 schools will "seek creative ways to
provide meaningful athletic opportunities" to players but there will be no competitive games.
Amherst, Bowdoin, Wesleyan and Williams had already announced that they will not play in the
fall. The other NESCAC members are Bates, Colby, Connecticut College, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity and Tufts.
Tufts win the Division III national championship in 2014, 2016, 2018 and
2019. Williams (1995), Middlebury (2007) and Amherst (2015) have also won men's national titles. On the women's side, Williams won titles in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
has suspended fall sports until the end of September when a decision on whether to start will be made. The Middle Atlantic Conference
will play fall sports this year, though with
a conference-only schedule and start date of Sept. 18.
The University Athletic Association
, which has teams spread all the Eastern half of the United States, announced that it
would not have conference play due to the extensive air travel that would be required.
To date, Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve are the only members that have canceled fall
sports entirely. The other UAA members are Brandeis, Emory, University of Chicago, NYU, Rochester, and Washington University (Mo.).
The moves mean that four of the top five Division III
men's schools in the final United Soccer Coaches men's rankings for the regular season will start the fall without soccer. Suspended fall programs: NCAA Division III (37) California:
College (M/W), Trinity (M/W), Wesleyan (M/W).
Grinnell (M/W). Maine:
Bates (M/W), Bowdoin (M/W), Colby (M/W). Maryland:
*Johns Hopkins (M/W), *McDaniel
(M/W), *Washington College (M/W). Massachusetts:
Amherst (M/W), UMass-Boston (M/W), MIT (M/W), Mount Holyoke (W) Tufts (M/W), Wellesley (W), Williams (M/W). Minnesota.
Carleton (M/W). New Jersey:
College of New Jersey (M/W). New York:
Hamilton (M/W), Pratt Institute (M/W), RPI (M/W), Sarah Lawrence (M/W). Ohio:
Reserve (M/W), Oberlin (M/W). Pennsylvania:
*Bryn Mawr (W), Carnegie Mellon (M/W), *Dickinson (M/W), *Franklin & Marshall (M/W), *Gettysburg (M/W), *Haverford (M/W), *Muhlenberg
(M/W), Swarthmore (M/W), *Ursinus (M/W). Vermont:
Middlebury (M/W). Virginia:
Washington & Lee (M/W)
*Suspended fall sports until the end of September when a
decision by the Centennial Conference on whether to start will be made. Note:
M=sponsors men's soccer; W=sponsors women's soccer. NAIA.
Like NCAA Division II, the NAIA has reduced the number of games teams can play -- down to 14 from 18 for men's and women's
soccer. The start date will be Sept. 5.
A threshold system will be used as a guideline for determining if play will indeed return. The goal is that about half the participating schools in
each sport must receive clearance from local authorities to return to competition before the season can begin.
fall programs: NAIA (2)
Michigan-Dearborn (M/W) Texas:
Texas College (M/W) Note:
M=sponsors men's soccer; W=sponsors women's soccer. Junior College.
After the National Junior
College Athletic Association
, which has recommended moving men's and
women's soccer and a majority of JC sports
played in the fall to the spring of 2021, two West Coast community college conferences announced they are moving fall sports to the winter and spring.
The California Community College Athletic Association
(CCCAA) with 110 members approved a contingency plan that shifts all sports, including men's and women's soccer, to the spring
season. Soccer will begin in February and finish in April, and the schedule for all sports will be reduced by 30 percent (22 games to 15 for soccer).
With programs in Washington, Oregon
and Idaho, the Northwest Athletic Conference
(NWAC) will move most sports, including men's and women's soccer, to the winter and spring.