Return to play: North Carolina shifts boys soccer to January start

Boys soccer will begin play in January after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association shifted fall sports to later in the school year.

Boys soccer will begin in January and end in mid-March. Girls soccer, a spring sport in North Carolina, will be played in March and April. Like other states, sports will be played in two-month windows in North Carolina.

Utah has begun fall soccer for girls. Two states -- North Dakota and South Dakota -- are slated to begin fall soccer on Thursday. Opening day in Indiana is Friday.

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

High School fall soccer plans (by state):
Colorado-boys (season moved to spring -- practice allowed on March 1; season starts on March 4). (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 (season moved to spring -- practice allowed on Feb. 19; season starts on March 12) (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 (season moved to spring) (MPSSAA)
Massachusetts-boys & girls (practice allowed on Sept. 14; season starts on Oct. 1). (MIAA)
Michigan-boys (practice allowed on Aug. 12; decision on fall season to be made by Aug. 20) (MHSAA)
Minnesota-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 17; season starts on Aug. 27) (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 moved to winter: practice starts Jan. 11; season starts on Jan. 25) (NCHSAA)
North Dakota-boys (practice allowed on Aug. 3; season starts on Aug. 14). (NDHSAA)
Ohio-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 1; season starts on Aug. 21). (OHSAA)
Oregon-boys & girls (season moved to spring -- practice allowed on Feb. 22; season starts on March 8). (OSAA)
Pennsylvania-boys & girls (practice allowed on Aug. 24; 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; season starts on Aug. 17). (TSSAA)
Utah-girls (practice allowed on July 27; season started on Aug. 3) (UHSAA)
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 traditional season):
Fall: 31 boys, 23 girls
Winter: 7 boys, 7 girls
Spring: 13 boys, 21 girls

High School soccer traditional 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 (fall -- girls; spring -- boys)
Vermont (fall)
Virginia (spring)
Washington (spring)
Washington D.C. (fall)
West Virginia (fall)
Wisconsin (fall -- boys; girls -- spring)
Wyoming (spring)
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