The Coronavirus pandemic has vastly shifted the college soccer landscape for the 2020 season. The various levels of college soccer announced over summer plans to postpone the season and hope to accomplish a normal season in the spring. While the majority are gearing up for meaningful games in the spring, there are some Division I conferences that are pushing forward with plans for limited schedules for the fall. There is obviously no NCAA championships this fall.
As of publication, only four conferences are set to have competitive games: the ACC, Sun Belt (men’s and women’s), Big 12 and SEC (women’s only). A smattering of teams are scheduled to play non-conference games against programs that are looking to compete in the upcoming season. The ACC and Big 12 begins play this coming weekend; the SEC the following weekend.
Below are a few notes about how we will be covering the college season at TopDrawerSoccer.
There will be no weekly college Top 25 rankings as usual during the fall. With so many programs not competing, the traditional rankings won’t be put together. Look for a smaller group of teams ranked per week, perhaps a Top 10 -- once schedules are released.
Without a full season, tradiational preseason or postseason individual awards won't be run in the same way as usual. Should a fall season be completed, there will be limited postseason coverage highlight top individual efforts.
The Team of the Week will return. There should be enough games, if they all take place, to have the article post starting the week of September 14. Please send any nominations to email@example.com starting that week.
The player rankings will return for the spring. Teams that compete in the fall will be included when it’s clear what the 2021 season could look like -- if it goes forward.
The college scoreboard will still be available for fall games, and will be updated for spring competition.
There will be weekly recap articles and features on the action in college soccer - from teams performing well to new players emerging at powerhouse programs, we will still be covering the sport we all love during this unique and trying time.