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NCAA May 23, 2020

NCAA Division I soccer teams eligible to begin on campus activities on June 1

NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer players will be able to begin voluntary workouts on campus, starting on June 1.

The NCAA announced the news following an electronic vote by the Division I Council this week. The June 1 start date for voluntary athletic activities applies to all sports. All athletic programs are required to continue following the local guidelines in their respective areas.

This announcement is the first firm step taken by the NCAA in establishing a return to play for the fall, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the next few weeks, the NCAA council will continue to determine additional steps for returning to competition.

Meanwhile, several conferences have already adjusted their schedules, shortening or eliminating postseason tournaments ahead of the 2020 soccer season. These mid-major conferences have done so in an effort to reduce travel and costs, after athletic programs around the country have taken large financial hits as a result of the pandemic shutdown this spring.