COVID-19 restrictions knocks MEAC out of FCS postseason eligibility

What has been a spring soccer season wrought with pandemic-related interruptions within the MEAC has solely gotten worse after the convention introduced Wednesday that the remaining football-playing faculties won’t be eligible to take part within the FCS postseason.

“The Mid-Japanese Athletic Convention has knowledgeable the NCAA Soccer Championship Subdivision that it’s going to not meet the factors to keep up its automated qualifier as a result of the three packages, Howard, Delaware State, and South Carolina State, taking part in this spring won’t play one another as required by the NCAA (and) FCS, the league mentioned in an announcement.”

Howard and South Carolina State won’t play one another this spring because of the District of Columbia’s restrictions on journey to and from the state of South Carolina, which has an elevated COVID-19 case rely.

Present D.C. COVID-19 journey restrictions apply to anybody coming into the world from a jurisdiction with greater than 10 instances per 100,000 individuals.

Additionally learn: Pandemic-related journey restrictions finish Howard-South Carolina State season sequence

The cancelation of that matchup, initially scheduled for Saturday, prevented the three groups from taking part in one another, as required to be eligible for the FCS playoffs.

The MEAC suspended its spring 2021 soccer season on Feb. 11 after six of the league’s 9 packages opted out. Convention coverage states that if 50 % or extra faculties are unable to take part in any championship, the championship for that sport shall be suspended.

In the course of the truncated spring season, Howard, South Carolina State and Delaware State have performed a mixed eight video games in whole.

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