College soccer: America East and Atlantic-10 aim to shift fall sports to spring

The America East and Atlantic-10 became the fourth and fifth NCAA Division I conferences to postpone fall sports.

Both conferences stated they aim to develop plans to operate the fall sports in the spring of 2021.

The America East characterized the decision as a "postponement, not cancellation" and stated that it will develop "plans for a competitive structure in the second semester."

America East members are Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, UMBC, UMass-Lowell, New Hampshire, NJIT, Stony Brook and Vermont. All nine members have women's soccer. Only Maine doesn't offer men's soccer.

The Atlantic 10 agreed to a "look-in window" in mid-September, which would allow for a potentially shortened, conference-only schedule if Covid-19 risks have been reduced substantially. If not, then all fall sports would shift to spring 2021.

The Atlantic 10's members are Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, Saint Louis and VCU. All 14 members have women's soccer. Only Richmond doesn't offer men's soccer.

The Ivy League, Patriot League and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference have already canceled fall sports. (The MEAC doesn't offer men's or women's soccer as a conference sport though Delaware State, Howard and South Carolina State offer women's soccer and Howard, a former national champion, has a men's program).

The Big East, Big Ten and Pac-12 will limit play to only conference games. In addition, seven conferences have pushed back start dates: ACC (Sept. 1), Horizon (Oct. 1), MAC (Sept. 3), MAAC (Oct. 3), Northeast (Sept. 10), WAC (Sept. 16) and WCC (Sept. 24). All these conferences offer championships in both men's and women's soccer.
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