Today, West Virginia University Athletics announced that its singular Mid-American Conference team was making the move to the Sun Belt.
“Previously, we had planned to have our men’s soccer team compete in Conference USA, but realignment has changed those plans,” WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. “Moving our men’s soccer program to the Sun Belt Conference gives us the best chance to compete nationally in a strong soccer conference.
“I want to thank Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod for inviting us to be a part of the league’s men’s soccer lineup, but circumstances change constantly, and competing in the Sun Belt Conference is now the best option going forward for our soccer program at this time.”
WVU is one of nine teams to comprise Sun Belt Conference men’s soccer. July 1 begins membership for James Madison, Marshall, and Old Dominion. Those three will join Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, and Georgia State, and Kentucky, South Carolina, and West Virginia will compete as men’s soccer affiliate members.
WVU’s new conference 2022 schedule will go as follows:
Saturday, September 17 – vs. Coastal Carolina
Saturday, September 24 – at Marshall
Saturday, October 1 – vs. South Carolina
Saturday, October 8 – at Old Dominion
Saturday, October 15 – vs. Kentucky
Wednesday, October 19 – at James Madison
Sunday, October 23 – vs. Georgia State
Friday, October 28 – at Georgia Southern
𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗞 𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗣𝗜𝗧𝗖𝗛.
The Sun Belt Conference will bring back Men's Soccer beginning in Fall 2022. #SunBeltMSOC ☀️ ⚽️
— Sun Belt (@SunBelt) April 6, 2022