March 21, 2023

Lyon Faculty to play soccer in Southern Athletic Convention in 2024

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Convention will reinstate the game of soccer as an formally sponsored convention sport efficient the 2024 taking part in season. At the side of that announcement, the SCAC has provided soccer affiliate membership to Lyon Faculty, with that partnership additionally starting in 2024.

The SCAC Presidents Council agreed in its most up-to-date assembly that the convention will formally acknowledge and sponsor the game starting in 2024, supplied that at the very least 4 establishments (through a mixture of core and/or affiliate members) are keen to take part as an SCAC soccer member (unbiased of being an affiliate member of one other convention).

Following inner discussions, it’s anticipated that Austin Faculty, Centenary Faculty, Lyon Faculty and McMurry College will every take part as soccer taking part in members within the fall of 2024. The league plans to play a double spherical robin schedule (residence and residential) to offer a six-game convention schedule in that preliminary season’s return to the gridiron.

The SCAC Presidents Council additionally agreed to a versatile pathway for member colleges whose desire is to proceed to offer AQ alternatives for his or her soccer student-athletes all through the transition course of from their present soccer affiliate relationship. This transition would culminate with each convention member that sponsors the game anticipated again underneath the SCAC umbrella by no later than the 2026 season.

With yesterday’s announcement of McMurry becoming a member of the league as a core member, and Schreiner College saying its intent so as to add varsity soccer with a tentative begin date of the autumn of 2025 (and by no later than 2026), the SCAC will finally have eight whole members collaborating within the sport – seven core members (Austin Faculty, Centenary Faculty, McMurry College, Schreiner College, Southwestern College, Texas Lutheran College and Trinity College) and one affiliate (Lyon Faculty).

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At the side of present NCAA coverage, the SCAC can have an computerized bid within the sport of soccer by no later than the 2026 season.