Return to play: State-by-state plans for fall high school soccer

With the start of school just around the corner, state high school associations are struggling to make decisions on the return to play in the fall.

Some are all in on fall play, others are moving some or all fall sports to the spring. Some are distinguishing between whether or not students will be learning in classroom settings, while others are allowing practice but holding off on decisions about competitive play (school vs. school).

By Monday, fall soccer practice will have been allowed to start, contingent on local regulations, in five states: Indiana (boys and girls), Ohio (boys and girls), North Dakota (boys), South Dakota (boys and girls) and Tennessee (girls).

North Dakota and South Dakota will be the first states in which high school matches will begin when the fall seasons kick off on Aug. 14.

Three states -- Illinois (boys), Nevada (boys and girls), New Mexico (boys and girls) -- and the District of Columbia have moved fall soccer to the spring as a result of changes to sports season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the 51 states and the District of Columbia, 41 offer boys and girls soccer in the same season -- fall, winter or spring. Ten states split the soccer seasons with all but Tennessee offering boys soccer in the fall and girls soccer in the spring.

High School fall soccer plans (by state):
Colorado-boys (practice allowed on Aug. 10; season starts on Aug. 20). (CHSAA)
Connecticut-boys & girls (practice of 15 cohorts allowed on Aug. 27, full practice allowed on Sept. 11; season starts on Sept. 24) (CIAC)
Delaware-boys (no decision has been made) (DIAA)
Idaho-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 10; season starts after 10 days of practice). (IHSAA)
Illinois-boys (season moved to spring -- season starts on Feb. 13). (IHSA)
Indiana-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 3; season starts on Aug. 15). (IHSAA)
Kansas-boys (practice allowed on Aug. 17; season starts on Aug. 28). (KSHSAA)
Kentucky-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 24; season starts on Sept. 7). (KHSAA)
Maine-boys & girls (practice allowed on Sept. 8; season starts on Sept. 17). (MPA)
Maryland-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 12; no decision on fall season) (MPSSAA)
Massachusetts-boys & girls (practice allowed on Sept. 14; season starts on Oct. 1). (MIAA)
Michigan-boys (practice allowed on Aug. 16; no decision on fall season) (MHSAA)
Minnesota-boys & girls (decision on fall season to be made Aug. 4) (MSHSL)
Missouri-boys (practice allowed on Aug. 10; season starts on Aug. 28). (MSHSAA)
Montana-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 14; season starts on Aug. 27). (MHSA)
Nevada-boys & girls (season moved to spring -- practice allowed on Feb. 20; season starts on March 5). (NIAA)
New Hampshire-boys & girls (practice allowed on Sept. 8; no decision on first date of fall season). (NHIAA)
New Jersey-boys & girls (practice allowed on Sept. 14; season starts on Oct. 1). (NJSIAA)
New Mexico-boys & girls (season moved to spring -- season starts on Feb. 15). (NMAA)
New York-boys & girls (season starts on Sept. 21) (NYPHSAA)
North Carolina-boys (season starts no earlier than Sept. 1) (NCHSAA)
North Dakota-boys (practice allowed on Aug. 3; season starts on Aug. 14). (NDHSAA)
July 31 update: Ohio-boys (practice allowed on Aug. 1; target for season starts on week of Aug. 24-30) (OHSAA)
Oregon-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 17; season starts on Sept. 4). (OSAA)
Pennsylvania-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 17; season starts on Sept. 4). (PIAA)
Rhode Island-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 20.) (RIIL)
South Dakota-boys & girls  (practice allowed on Aug. 3; season starts on Aug. 14). (SDHSAA)
Tennessee-girls (practice allowed on July 29; starts on Aug. 17). (TSSAA)
Vermont-boys & girls (practice allowed on Sept. 8; season starts after 10 days of practice). (VPA)
Washington D.C-boys & girls. (season moved to spring -- practice starts on Feb. 1; season starts on Feb. 22) (DCSAA)
West Virginia-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 17; season starts on Sept. 2). (WVSSAC)
Wisconsin-boys (practice allowed on Sept. 7; season starts on Sept. 15). (WIAA)

High School soccer (by season):
Fall: 31 boys, 23 girls
Winter: 7 boys, 7 girls
Spring: 13 boys, 21 girls

High School soccer season (by state):
Alabama (spring)
Alaska (spring)
Arizona (winter)
Arkansas (spring)
California (winter)
Colorado (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
Connecticut (fall)
Delaware (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
Florida (winter)
Georgia (spring)
Hawaii (winter)
Idaho (fall)
Illinois (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
Indiana (fall)
Iowa (spring)
Kansas (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
Kentucky (fall)
Louisiana (winter)
Maine (fall)
Maryland (fall)
Massachusetts (fall)
Michigan (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
Minnesota (fall)
Mississippi (winter)
Missouri (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
Montana (fall)
Nebraska (spring)
Nevada (fall)
New Hampshire (fall)
New Jersey (fall)
New Mexico (fall)
New York (fall)
North Carolina (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
North Dakota (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
Ohio (fall)
Oklahoma (spring)
Oregon (fall)
Pennsylvania (fall)
Rhode Island (fall)
South Carolina (spring)
South Dakota (fall)
Tennessee (fall -- girls; spring -- boys)
Texas (winter)
Utah (spring)
Vermont (fall)
Virginia (spring)
Washington (spring)
Washington D.C. (fall)
West Virginia (fall)
Wisconsin (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
Wyoming (spring)
1 comment about "Return to play: State-by-state plans for fall high school soccer".
  1. Eric Anderson, August 3, 2020 at 10:14 a.m.

    In Wisconsin, the WIAA announced it will offer a spring option for the schools that choose not to offer fall sports - several districts have announced plans to follow that path, mostly in the Madison area. More details to come Aug. 14.

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