NCAA DIII championships: United Soccer Coaches offers to pay cost for rest day

United Soccer Coaches has asked that the NCAA change the format of the final fours for the NCAA Division III Men and Women’s Tournaments, which are both scheduled to take place Dec. 3-4 at UNC Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Brackets: NCAA Division III soccer
Men (64 teams)
Women (64 teams)

United Soccer Coaches wants to add a rest day between the semifinals and finals and offered to pay the $20,000 estimated expense to make the change this year for additional hotel nights.

In a letter to NCAA Executive Director Dr. Mark Emmert, United Soccer Coaches CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel said the health and safety of the athletes were at risk.

“Our job as a coaches association is to advocate for our members,” said Berling-Manuel. “The safety of their players is one of those critical issues. This is a small step for the NCAA that would make a big impact on the DIII soccer championship experience for players and coaches.”

NCAA Division III final fours are the only NCAA soccer championships that are decided by games on back-to-back days.

The Division III men's tournament began in 1974; the women's championship was launched in 1986. Their final fours have been at predetermined sites since 2004.

This year's semifinals are scheduled to play on four dates on Dec. 3 -- 11 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. -- with turnaround times of less than 24 hours for finals at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

5 comments about "NCAA DIII championships: United Soccer Coaches offers to pay cost for rest day".
  1. Kevin Sims, November 9, 2021 at 7:53 a.m.

    Let's hope the NCAA comes to its senses and gets this right for the participants.  

  2. Ben Myers, November 9, 2021 at 9:16 a.m.

    Back to back with less than 24 hours is absolute madness!

  3. humble 1, November 9, 2021 at 1:06 p.m.

    College soccer rules are very different than FIFA LOTG.  Teams have rosters of 21 and are are allowed very generious subsitution patterns during the game and possible overtime periods.  Teams can technically sub in up to 11 players at a time.  A single player can enter the game up to 3 times if you count starting as an entry, and up to 5 times if there is are 2 10m golden goal OTs.  Taking things further, I have seen players that did not in any of regular time or OT subbed in for pens in Mens Cup games.  It is different for sure. Some teams leverage their subs, some have a very tight rotation.  Those with the tight rotation will benefit more from the extra day, in the unlikely case it is granted.  The extra day, yeah, it would be nice, and it is a schedule change, not a rule change, but it effects only 4 teams teams out of the more than 800 teams in D3 soccer.  Good luck on this!      

  4. James Madison, November 9, 2021 at 6:01 p.m.

    D1 teams get a rest day. The games are just as strenuous for D111 teams, but they do not.  But then again, whoeve said NCAA administration is sinsible.

  5. Harry Oei, November 10, 2021 at 4:06 p.m.

    This is how the NCAA feels about the true amateurs of its competitions.

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