ACC mulling division-free soccer scheduling mannequin by 2023

The Atlantic Coast Convention is mulling a change to its soccer scheduling mannequin that would embrace the elimination of divisions by 2023.

Discussions are going down amongst league faculties through the ACC’s annual spring conferences in Amelia Island, Fla. Commissioner Jim Phillips informed reporters there Wednesday that the league additionally plans to speak with ESPN as its TV accomplice with the ACC Community.

“I’m assured we’re going to get to a choice,” Phillips stated when requested whether or not he anticipated the plan would go ahead. “Both we’re going to do it or we’re not going to do it, after which we’re not going to be speaking about it.”

The main focus is a 3-5-5 mannequin that might have groups taking part in three opponents as everlasting scheduling companions yearly then rotating the opposite 10 groups over two seasons within the eight-game schedule (5 one yr, 5 the following).

In consequence, groups would play each different league group twice in a four-year span.

At present groups can go years with out assembly, akin to close by neighbors like North Carolina State and Duke taking part in in 2020 for the primary time in seven seasons.

Groups at present have one everlasting accomplice throughout the Atlantic and Coastal Division format, play one other rotating cross-division foe and play the remaining inside their division.

The discussions come after the ACC’s 2020 season nixed divisions and added Notre Dame for one yr in a 10-game schedule because of the covid-19 pandemic.

Wake Forest athletics director John Currie pointed to “maximizing the alternatives to have nice matchups” whereas making certain gamers might face each different league group of their profession. He additionally pointed to Wake Forest and fellow instate foe North Carolina taking the bizarre step of making a nonconference sequence for 2019 and 2021 as a result of they weren’t taking part in as typically amid the 14-team ACC’s scheduling mannequin.

“Beneath the format at present, we solely play twice each 12 years,” Currie stated Wednesday night, including: “That’s not proper. So there’s a chance in assessing the fashions to rectify issues like that.”

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