College soccer: ACC approves six-game conference season for men's and women's soccer

The Atlantic Coast Conference, the powerhouse conference in both men's and women's soccer, announced its plans for fall sports.

It will allow all seven ACC-sponsored fall sports to begin competition during the week of Sept. 7-12.

The big news was its plans for football -- 10 conference games and one non-conference game over 13 weeks plus the ACC football championship Dec. 12 or 19 in Charlotte.

As far as soccer goes, the season will include:

-- Six-game conference season in men's and women’s soccer;
-- Additional games are allowed against conference or non-conference opponents as long as the opponents meet the ACC’s medical standards (the results of additional games against conference foes won't count in the conference standings);
-- Women’s soccer final four (Nov. 6-8) and men's soccer final four (Nov. 13-15) at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The six games will meet the minimum requirement for the eligibility for the 2020 NCAA Division I Tournament. The NCAA waiver was approved to allow schools to start their fall seasons later and end sooner because of COVID-19 issues.

In 2019, a record 10 of 12 ACC programs earned invitations to the NCAA Men’s Tournament. Nine of 14 programs made the NCAA Women’s Tournament, tying the ACC with the Pac-12 for the most in the country.
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