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Report: College soccer looks to move to full-year schedule

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Top college soccer coaches are looking to extend the men's soccer season through the entire academic year, TheSoccerObserver.com reports.

According to the report, the current proposal recommends a 25-game season that is split between the fall and spring semesters. Conference championships would be held early in May, and the NCAA College Cup would take place in early June.

Those in support of the change say the longer season would benefit student-athletes because it would allow for less weeknight games, more time for development and more time to recover from injury. The story also points out that holding the NCAA College Cup in June would likely provide better weather for the tournament.

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The Soccer Observer understands that senior figures from the United States Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer are supportive of the plans. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati gave his backing to representatives from Division I soccer programs during a meeting at January’s NCAA Convention in Philadelphia.

Before the plans for the extended season can be submitted to the NCAA’s legislative and student-athlete welfare cabinets for review, there would need to be "collective approval from coaches, administrators and athletic directors."

The earliest the changes could take place is August 2016.

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