The VIU Mariners women’s soccer team competes in the national final last fall. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association previously announced the cancellation of fall national championships and today, June 19, the Pacific Western Athletic Association announced that it will not hold league games in 2020. (CCAA photo)

VIU’s sports teams won’t play league games this fall

PacWest cancels 2020 conference play, hopes basketball and volleyball can return in January 2021

National championships this coming fall were already cancelled, and now it’s been decided that there will be no league play for VIU sports teams in 2020.

The Pacific Western Athletic Association announced Friday that there will be no league play in the fall semester, adding in the press release that the PacWest is “hopeful” that conference play can start in January 2021 with a shortened season.

“We looked at a number of different scenarios for fall competition keeping in mind the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and officials. Ultimately the decision came down to our guiding principle of keeping everyone safe,” said Jake McCallum, PacWest president, in the release.

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association announced earlier this month that it was cancelling its fall national championships, notably soccer and golf. Soccer and golf players will not lose a year of college sports eligibility in 2020-21.

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