Proposals are now on the table to dramatically change men’s college soccer. The season would be expanded to cover the whole school year, starting in September before taking a winter break around Thanksgiving. The second half would start in February and conclude with the NCAA Tournament in May.
It would not necessarily extend the number of games or training hours spent, but it would spread it out more and make it easier for student athletes to balance their workload with the team and with school. It would allow for more recovery and training time between games and eliminate most mid-week games.
One interesting note in the NSCAA’s announcement was that while the men’s coaches supported this move, the women’s coaches did not.
From a college perspective, I think it makes a lot of sense. The jam packed fall schedule is very tough on the athletes and does not promote quality soccer being played due to the amount of games in a short period of time. Extended the season should give coaches more opportunities to teach and develop styles of play.
From the pro perspective, I wonder how MLS would alter its SuperDraft to make this work. Would they move the draft to the summer after the college season ends? Would they keep it in January but force drafted players to remain with the college teams for the second half of that season? Either way opens up issues that would need to be addressed.
What are your thoughts on the college game? Let us know in the comments. Also, stay tuned for our Peach State Soccer Recap later this morning with an update on the local programs as their seasons are getting underway.
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