The Connecticut Interscholasic Athletic Conference will be transitoning to penalty kicks to determine a winner in the championship games for the soccer season, starting next season, according to a CIAC official.
Proposals submitted by leagues to move away from ties and co-champions was aporoved this week following two scoreless ties in the Class LL and Class M state finals this seeason. It was the first co-champions in the girls state final since 2016, and the last time it happened in the boys finals were in 2014.
Staples and Wilton had a 0-0 tie on Nov. 20 in the Class LL game and Mercy and SHA finished in a 0-0 score on the same day.
Penalty kicks are used in every other round of the postseason through the tournament.
In the CIAC’s December meeting, it was surveyed through the membership to confirm the decision and was improved.
“It is fair to say the committee is certainly leaning toward making the change,” CIAC associate executive director Gregg Simon told Hearst Connecticut Media last month. “But our committee always wants to be reflective of the member schools. They felt it is in the best interest of the member schools that a change is validated through surveying the coaches and the schools, then the committee can make a final decision.”
GOLF SEASON CHANGES
The CIAC Board of Control also passed two proposals for the golf season. The first was to start both the fall and spring seasons one week earlier beginning with the 2022-23 seasons, with the the fall season beginning on Aug. 23 and the spring season starting on March 27. Both changed will start in the 2023 season.
The second change for the golf seasons was to move back the CIAC state championships in the fall one week back to Oct. 24 so the season can end a week later, on Oct. 19.
The decision comes so teams can make up matches if needed and have less time off between the state meet and the New England regional championship on Nov. 5.