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Division I Conference 2020 season status

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: August 6, 2020

In a typical year, the arrival of August would coincide with a new season of college soccer.

But the spread of COVID-19 and a lack of coordinated national response has left fall sports in an extremely tenuous position. Five Division I leagues have already announced the postponement of the 2020 fall season.

While there is a long list of news that has been released over the past month regarding all levels of college soccer, check out the status of each Division I conference below.

Please send any updates or omissions to editor@topdrawersoccer.com.

ASUN: The league announced on July 24 that no regular-season games will take place before September 18. Another reassessment for fall sports will take place on August 6.

American Athletic: Fall Olympic sports will be delayed until at least September 1. Updated on August 5, men's soccer programs in the AAC will play a 10-match double-round-robin schedule of conference matches on September 5. Women's programs will play an eight-match single-round-robin schedule of conference matches starting on September 6.

America East: On July 16, the conference announced that fall sports would be postponed.

Atlantic 10: Fall sports have been postponed, with an aim to compete in the spring. A mid-September “look-in” window is going to be considered among conference teams should it prove to be safe.

ACC: The league announced that it would try and play six-game conference seasons starting on September 10.

CAA: Five programs have announced that they wouldn’t compete in fall sports, which was supported by the conference.

Big East: Having already announced plans to bracket off teams in the Midwest and East, the conference announced plans for conference-only competition in the fall.

Big Sky: Fall sports will begin on September 18, at the very earliest.

Big South: The league announced last week that competition will start on September 3.

Big Ten: An early July announcement confirmed a conference-only schedule for the Big Ten.

Big West: The conference announced on July 28 that fall sports will be postponed, with an attempt to play in spring.

Big 12: No decision has been announced for the fall season.

Conference USA: The conference hasn’t announced on confirmed plans for the fall.

Horizon League: Competition will not begin before October 1.

Ivy League: The conference became the first to officially postpone the fall season back on July 8, with no athletic competition taking place in 2020.

MAAC: The conference announced on July 27 that it will cancel fall sports. A decision will be made whether or not to compete in the spring at a later date.

MAC: September 3 has been set as the starting date for Fall Olympic sports.

MVC: On July 27, the league announced a delayed start to a potential conference-only season. Men's and women's soccer would begin on September 18.

Mountain West: The conference announced on August 5 that fall sports would begin no sooner than September 26.

Northeast: Back on July 9, the NEC set September 10 as a potential starting date for fall sports in both conference and non-conference games. Fall sports were postponed on July 29.

OVC: Action has been postponed until September 17 for conference-only games.

Pac-12: Both men’s and women’s soccer will play conference-only schedules, pandemic-permitting, in the fall.

Patriot League: The conference became the second league to postpone/cancel fall sports in 2020, with an eye towards playing in the spring.

SEC: The start of the season for soccer has been delayed until at least August 31.

Southern: No decision has been announced for fall sports.

Southland: Competition for soccer can begin on September 1.

SWAC: Fall sports have been moved to spring.

Summit League: The conference announced this week that competition for fall sports would begin on September 23 and play conference games only.

Sun Belt: September 3 is the target date to begin fall competition.

WCC: No games will take place until at least September 24.

WAC: Women’s soccer will begin on September 10 at the earliest for women’s soccer, and September 16 for men’s soccer.

 
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