NCAA: No fall soccer championships

NCAA President Mark Emmert confirmed on Thursday that the NCAA will not offer fall sports championships at any level (besides a possible FBS championship in college football).

The Big Sky, WAC and WCC all announced on Thursday they postponed fall sports.

The moves pushed the number of NCAA Division I schools with men's or women's soccer that won't play in the fall over the threshold of 50 percent the NCAA set to call off fall championships in the sports.

"The board of governors established if you don't have half of the schools playing a sport, you can't have a legitimate championship," Emmert said. "We can't in any Division I NCAA championship sport now -- which is everything other than FBS football that goes on in the fall. Sadly, tragically, that's going to be the case this fall, full stop."

Postponed fall sports:
Conferences: 20 of 32.
Conferences with women's soccer:
19 of 31.
Conferences with men's soccer: 16 of 24.
Conferences with football: 13 of 22.

The NCAA's Board of Governors left it up to the three divisions to decide whether to proceed with fall sports. The NCAA Division II and III councils cancelled fall sports championships but won't hold them in the spring.

The NCAA Division I council has until Aug. 21 to decide whether to proceed with fall championships in the sports it organizes. (It doesn't run the FBS postseason championship.)

The latest conferences that shut down for the fall all expressed a desire to move the fall sports to the spring:

-- The Big Sky announced it was "postponing all competition for its fall sports to spring 2021."
-- The WAC said fall sports will be held in the spring "contingent on the NCAA fall championships being moved to the spring and if feasible."
-- In the WCC's statement, it said it "intends to explore various models for conducting WCC competition in the fall sports" in the spring of 2021 and "strongly supports efforts to encourage the National Collegiate Athletic Association to conduct fall NCAA championships in the spring."

Here's a look at where conferences currently stand ...

Power 5 conferences (5):
ACC. (12 men's soccer teams, 14 women's soccer teams) Season start: Sept. 10. Format: 6 conference games, additional games against conference or non-conference foes that meet conference medical standards. Tournament: Women (four teams Nov. 6-8 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina); Men (four teams Nov. 13-15 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
Big Ten (9 men's soccer teams, 14 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
Big 12 (10 women's soccer teams) Season start: no delay. Format: no restrictions on conference or non-conference matches. Tournament: no announcement.
Pac-12 (6 men's soccer teams, 12 women's soccer teams). fall season postponed.
SEC. (14 women's soccer teams) Season start: Sept. 1. Format: no restrictions announced on conference or non-conference matches. Tournament: no announcement.

Group of 5 conferences (5):
AAC. (6 men's soccer teams, 9 women's soccer teams) Season start: Sept. 1. Format: no restrictions announced on conference or non conference matches. Tournament: Women (four teams); Men (four teams).
Conference USA (8 men's soccer teams, 10 women's soccer teams)  Season start: no announcement. Format: no restrictions on conference or non-conference matches.
(Old Dominion postponed fall sports.)
Tournament: Women (Nov. 4-8 at Rice); Men (eliminated).
*Mid-American (6 men's soccer teams, 12 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
*Mountain West (12 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
Sun Belt (5 men's soccer teams, 8 women's soccer teams) Season start: Sept. 3. Format: no restrictions on conference or non-conference matches. Tournament: Women (Nov. 4-8 at Foley Sports Tourism Complex in Foley, Alabama); Men (Nov. 11-15 at Georgia State).
*Postponed football.

FCS conferences (12):
*Big Sky (10 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
*Big South. (9 men's soccer teams, 12 women's soccer teams). fall season postponed.
*CAA (9 men's soccer teams, 10 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed (decision left up to individual schools).
*Ivy League
(8 men's soccer teams, 8 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
*Missouri Valley (6 men's soccer teams, 8 women's soccer teams) Season start: Sept. 18. Format: conference-only schedule. Tournament: no announcement.
*Northeast (11 men's soccer teams, 12 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed (conference will reconvene Oct. 1 to evaluate the public health crisis and competitive options).
Ohio Valley (11 women's soccer teams) Season start: Sept. 17. Format: conference-only schedule. Tournament: no announcement.
*Patriot League
(8 men's soccer teams, 8 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
(Army and Navy were exempted from postponement.)
*Pioneer League (football-only conference) fall season postponed.
Southern (7 men's soccer teams, 10 women's soccer teams) Season start: no announcement. Format: no restrictions on conference or non-conference matches. Tournament: Women (top four teams) Men (top four teams).
Southland (10 women's soccer teams) Season start: Sept. 1. Format: no restrictions announced on conference or non conference matches. Tournament: four teams Nov. 6-8 at site to be determined.
*SWAC (10 women's soccer teams). fall season postponed.
*Postponed football.

Conferences with no football (10):
America East (8 men's soccer teams, 9 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
Atlantic 10 (13 men's soccer teams, 14 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed (conference will have "look-in window" in mid-September to assess situation).
Atlantic Sun (7 men's soccer teams, 9 women's soccer teams) Season start: Sept. 18. Format: no restrictions on conference or non-conference matches. Tournament: no announcement.
Big East (11 men's soccer teams, 11 women's soccer teams). fall season postponed.
Big West (9 men's soccer teams, 10 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
Horizon (9 men's soccer teams, 10 women's soccer teams) Season start: Oct. 1. Format: no restrictions on conference or non-conference matches. Tournament: no announcement.
MAAC (11 men's soccer teams, 11 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
Summit (6 men's soccer teams, 9 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.
WAC (12 men's soccer teams, 10 women's soccer teams). fall season postponed.
WCC (8 men's soccer teams, 10 women's soccer teams) fall season postponed.

3 comments about "NCAA: No fall soccer championships".
  1. Santiago 1314, August 14, 2020 at 7:23 a.m.

    Ludicrous.!!! ... The Most Healthy "Immune" People to WuFlu..College Athletes.!!!  They are 18 years Old, Adults... Let the Players Decide.!!! This is a Direct Result of Democrats NOT Agreeing to "Liability Protection" for Business Entities ... Does anyone Really think that if "Liability Protection" was in place, That NCAA would have Canceled Sports.???

  2. peter grill, August 14, 2020 at 10:39 a.m.

    I might suggest that playing team sports before large crowds during a pandemic is a decision based more on significant health risks than liability protection . You seem rather cavalier about public health with other peoples wives and children. I certainly hope the NCAA based it's decision on participants well being than $...but then I am rather naive, I wear a mask to protect others. I am sure you do also ??!!

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, August 14, 2020 at 11:05 p.m.

    My Child is Back IN School and I just went to My Sons Wedding... So, my "Money" is Where my Mouth is.!!! Fouci said Masks Don't work... He didn't even wear one in the Stands... Mask are a Mostly a Placebo... There is almost 0% Health Risk For Atheletes in their Low 20's ... I didn't say anything about Playing before Large Crowds ... I'll bet your in Favor of Letting 16 year Olds Vote ... But NOT Letting them Decide if they want to play Sports.!!!

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