Big East cancels all non-conference competition for fall soccer season
The Big East has canceled non-conference competition for the fall soccer season, and the entire season remains in question as well.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Big East announced that it will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic over the next several weeks, at which point a final decision will be made about the season. Men’s and women’s soccer are 2-of-6 fall sports that had their non-conference games called off.
For both men’s and women’s soccer, the Big East features teams from the following 10 schools: Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.
See below for the full statement from the Big East:
NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference and its member institutions have announced updated plans for their six 2020 fall sports, as follows:
• Due to the unprecedented and continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, BIG EAST fall sports schedules will not include any non-conference competition.
• No decision is being made at this time regarding BIG EAST fall sports conference competition and championships. In the coming weeks, the BIG EAST will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in BIG EAST communities and will provide further updates on dates and formats as appropriate. All decisions regarding fall conference competition will continue to be guided first and foremost by the health and safety of BIG EAST campuses and their athletics program participants and will be made in accordance with NCAA actions and policies.
• The sports affected are: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey. The BIG EAST’s plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons remain unaffected at this time.
The SEC is delaying the start of its soccer season.
The Patriot League cancelled the fall soccer season.
The Pac-12 announced changes for the fall season.
The Big Ten will only play against in-conference opponents.
The ACC will delay the soccer season until at least September 1.
Ivy League soccer programs won't play in 2020.