Mountain West wants to eliminate the 2-division format in soccer

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    The Hawaii soccer team performed a ha’a prior to the start of the 2022 Hawaii Spring Soccer Game on April 16 in Honolulu. The Mountain West Conference will retire its two-division format in football for the 2023 season.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. >> The Mountain West Conference will repeal its two-division format in football for the 2023 season.

The conference announced today that the two teams with the highest winning percentage will go head-to-head in the league championship game. The decision came two days after the NCAA scrapped requirements dictating how conferences can determine their champions and the Pac-12 scrapped its two-division format.

The two-division format will remain in place for the 2022 season.

A planning model and tiebreaking procedures are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Other conferences are expected to follow, most notably the 14-team Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC wants to implement a new planning model as early as 2023.

To have a conference title game, NCAA rules required leagues to previously be split into divisions if they could not play a full round-robin schedule. But those rules were scrapped by the NCAA Division I Council. The 10-man Big 12 eventually decided to continue their title game in part without divisions to raise the winner’s profile for playoff consideration.

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