Great news for soccer players hoping to play college soccer!
The NCAA Div. I Council has extended the official recruiting dead period all the way through January 1, 2021.
The Council has been reviewing the deadline period since late April. A deadline period precludes all in-person recruiting. Phone calls and correspondence can continue to occur till the end of this year.
â€œWhile the Council acknowledged and appreciates the growing desire to resume in-person recruiting by select coachesâ€™ associations, Council members ultimately concluded the primary concern right now must be protecting the current student-athletes on our campuses,â€ This said today by Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. â€œWe encourage our coaches to interact with prospective student-athletes virtually in this time period.â€
The decision to implement the dead period was first made at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council has continued to extend the dead period under the guidance of the CDC medical experts. The majority of the college soccer coaches associations also supported an extension of the dead period.