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ACC postpones start of athletic competitions for Olympic sports until after September 1

Ongoing pandemic concerns threaten possibility of fall semester, athletic seasons

NCAA Basketball: ACC Tournament-ACC Commisoner John Swofford Press Conference Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The ACC made it official in a press release this afternoon.

The delay in competition includes all exhibition and non-conference games in the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.


According to multiple reports, the Atlantic Coast Conference will not allow any competitions to take place before September 1st.

Schedules for many of UVA’s fall sports have not yet been released, so the impact of such a decision on the Cavalier athletics program is uncertain. The Virginia Cavaliers are scheduled to kick off the 2020 football season on September 7th in Atlanta against the Georgia Bulldogs.

In 2019, the women’s soccer team played three games in August, while the men’s team played one. Field hockey played two exhibitions and one regular season game in August 2019, and the volleyball team had three matches as part of the Cavalier Classic. Men’s and women’s cross-country both competed in the Liberty Challenge on August 30 of last year.

The reported decision from the ACC follows the Ivy League outright postponing all fall sports earlier this week. The Ivy League’s cancellation of its conference basketball championship in March was a harbinger of the NCAA-wide cancellations that followed within the next two weeks.