NCAA approves plan to move fall championships to spring, amended FCS playoffs model
The NCAA Board of Directors has approved a plan to move fall sports championships until the spring, the association announced on Tuesday. It has also given the green light for a modified version of the FCS college football playoff this spring.
All sports will see reduced bracket sizes and will still permit automatic qualifiers. All spring sport championships will be conducted between the months of March and May.
“The plan sent to us by the Division I Council provides the maximum number of opportunities to fall student-athletes to participate in NCAA championships while still being fiscally responsible,” said acting board chair Denise Trauth, president at Texas State. “We look forward to the spring, understanding things will look a little different but knowing the competitions will be just as meaningful as in normal circumstances.”
For the FCS playoffs, the bracket size will be reduced from 24 teams to 16. The first competition for the football season will be at the discretion at the individual institutions. Selections for the playoffs will be held on April 18, with the championship game coming between May 14 and 16.
There will be 11 automatic qualifiers and 5 at-large bids.
You can see the full championship schedule here.