Due to the impact of Covid-19 on regular season play in the fall season of 2020, all three levels of NCAA Soccer - D1, D2 and D3 - have granted an extra year of eligibility for student-athletes. Traditionally a student-athlete has 5 years to play 4 years of their chosen sport. With this decision they will now have 6 years to do so.
The simple impact for players looking to be recruited for the Fall 2021 season is that there could a dearth of available roster spots due to seniors choosing to return and play for an additional year. There will be some differences depending on the specific conference so players looking to be recruited will need to do their due diligence . There will be more variables attached than normal and it will potentially limit opportunities for rising seniors.
The advantages of taking a Gap Year have always been self-evident - improve grades, improve maturation and improve level of play. Given the current situation with the additional year of eligibility being granted, it is sensible for players looking at starting in the fall of 2021 to seriously consider the advantages that a gap year may present in terms of timing and opportunity.
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