ACC delays start to fall sports season

The ACC has pushed back the start of the fall sports season, mandating that no exhibition or regular season games will begin until Sept. 1 but allowing practices to take place in the summer.

News of the decision was first reported by theAthletic.com prior to the announcement by the ACC on Thursday morning. The decision was unanimously approved by the ACC Board of Directors.

“The decision allows each campus to further focus on ensuring return to competition protocols are in place to facilitate the resocialization process,” the ACC statement said.

Florida State soccer has historically opened its season in mid-August with non-conference games. FSU volleyball and cross country started last season on the final weekend of August.

No ACC football game was scheduled for the late August “Week Zero” in 2020. NC State and Louisville play the first ACC game on Sept. 2, a Wednesday, while the ACC also scheduled Clemson-Georgia Tech for Sept. 3, three games on Sept. 4 and five on Sept. 5.

FSU football opens the regular season on Sept. 5 against West Virginia in Atlanta.

The schedules for FSU soccer, volleyball and cross country have not yet been announced. All three sports typically have those set in June but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of the fall sports programs to delay.

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