NCAA committee proposes format and dates for 2021 Division I soccer championships

The NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee has proposed restructured championships for seven fall sports that have been moved to the spring.

Two working principles went into the recommendations that will be taken up for a vote by the NCAA Division I Council at its next meeting on Wednesday.

-- The tournament fields for all team sports will be reduced by 25 percent;
-- All conference champions that are automatic qualifiers will qualify.

For men's soccer that means a reduction in the field from 48 to 36 teams and only 12 at-large entrants.

The women's field will be reduced from 64 to 48 teams with 17 at-large teams in the tournament.

The selection process will include games played by teams competing in the fall. Four women's conferences -- ACC, Big 12, SEC and Sun Belt -- and two men's conferences -- ACC and Sun Belt -- are playing in the fall along with a handful of teams from other conferences playing non-conference schedules.

The NCAA is working on tournament plans to reduce the number of sites in preliminary rounds in order to support health and safety and operational management of postseason play.

The other sports under review by the NCAA Division I Council will be men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, women's volleyball and men's water polo.
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