UVA releases fall sports schedules; announces reduced attendance requirements

Full schedules for Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country and Volleyball below, along with latest COVID testing update

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

Due to health and safety considerations in addition to the current guidelines for sports venues, attendance at UVA home competitions will be limited to family of student-athletes and each team’s coaching staff until further notice.

The current guidelines for sports venues provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia under the “Forward Virginia” plan (announced June 18), allow for the lesser of 50 percent occupancy of the facility or 1,000 patrons.

Should the Commonwealth of Virginia adjust the protocols for spectator attendance, the UVA athletics department will announce new capacity guidelines and other protocols to attend events.

“We are excited that our student-athletes have the opportunity to return to competition soon, but unfortunately, we will have to do so without fans to start the season as we follow the state and local agency guidelines regarding the operation and capacity of our athletic venues,” said Virginia Director of Athletics Carla Williams.

“These are unprecedented times and we are thankful for the patience and continued support of everyone. I encourage everyone to follow our teams on the ACC Network and our other television partners, the Virginia Sports Radio Network, VirginiaSports.com and our team’s social media accounts.”

The capacity guidelines apply to all fall sports home competitions at Scott Stadium (football), Klöckner Stadium (men’s and women’s soccer), Turf Field (field hockey), Memorial Gymnasium (volleyball) and Panorama Farms (cross country).

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the procedures and schedules for all 2020 fall sports schedules. Broadcast schedules and additional coverage will be announced by the ACC at a later date. Further details and schedules for each sport are listed below.

Women’s Soccer

Virginia will play an 11-match schedule against ACC competition with eight matches counting in the conference standings.

Home matches include games against Virginia Tech (Sept. 12), Pittsburgh (Oct. 1), Miami (Oct. 4), Louisville (Oct. 15) and Florida State (Oct. 18). Road matches will be at Duke (Sept. 17), Clemson (Sept. 20), Virginia Tech (Sept. 25), North Carolina (Oct. 8), Boston College (Oct. 29) and Syracuse (Nov. 1).

The two matches against Virginia Tech and the road contest at North Carolina are designated as non-conference games.

The ACC is set to host an eight-team conference tournament this season at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C. Quarterfinal rounds are set to begin November 10 with semifinals played on November 13 and the championship match on November 15.

2020 Virginia Women’s Soccer Schedule
Sept. 12 — VIRGINIA TECH (6 p.m.)
Sept. 17 — at Duke* (7 p.m.)
Sept. 20 — at Clemson* (1 p.m.)
Sept. 25 — at Virginia Tech (6 p.m.)
Oct. 1 — PITTSBURGH* (7 p.m.)
Oct. 4 — MIAMI* (2 p.m.)
Oct. 8 — at North Carolina (7 p.m.)
Oct. 15 — LOUISVILLE* (7 p.m.)
Oct. 18 — FLORIDA STATE* (2 p.m.)
Oct. 29 — at Boston College* (7 p.m.)
Nov. 1 — at Syracuse* (1 p.m.)
Nov. 10 — ACC Quarterfinals (TBD, Cary, N.C.)
Nov. 13 — ACC Semifinals (TBD, Cary, N.C.)
Nov. 15 — ACC Championship (TBD, Cary, N.C.)
*ACC Contests

Men’s Soccer

Virginia will play a six-match schedule against ACC schools only and will play two additional exhibition games. Virginia will host both friendlies as well as three regular season ACC matches.

The Cavaliers will be home for matches against Louisville (Oct. 9), Pittsburgh (Oct. 16) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 6). Virginia will travel for road matches at Virginia Tech (Oct. 3), Notre Dame (Oct. 24) and Syracuse (Oct. 30).

The two exhibition matches at Klöckner Stadium are slated for Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. against Clemson and Friday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. against Syracuse.

Matches with Virginia Tech will bookend the regular season docket with the season opener occurring in Blacksburg at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 and the season finale against the Hokies in Charlottesville on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The two schools have played twice in one year only one other time (2014) in 48 years of competition against one another.

Teams will play in two regions (North & South), with six conference games against regional opponents over a nine-week period. The North is comprised of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech while the South is made up of Clemson, Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest.

An eight-team (top four teams from each region) ACC Championship will begin Sunday, Nov. 15 and continues with the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The four North Carolina institutions (Duke, NC State, UNC, Wake Forest) will serve as the quarterfinal and semifinal venues. The championship game is planned for Sunday, Nov. 22, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

2020 Virginia Men’s Soccer Schedule
Sept. 11 — CLEMSON (Exhibition, 7 p.m.)
Sept. 18 — SYRACUSE (Exhibition, 6 p.m.)
Oct. 3 — at Virginia Tech (6 p.m.)
Oct. 9 — LOUISVILLE (7 p.m.)
Oct. 16 — PITTSBURGH (7 p.m.)
Oct. 24 — at Notre Dame (1 p.m.)
Oct. 30 — at Syracuse (7 p.m.)
Nov. 6 — VIRGINIA TECH (7 p.m.)
Nov. 15 — ACC Quarterfinals (TBD, Cary, N.C.)
Nov. 18 — ACC Semifinals (TBD, Cary, N.C.)
Nov. 22 — ACC Championship (TBD, Cary, N.C.)

Field Hockey

Virginia will play 10 games, all against conference opponents, and will compete in the ACC Championships, which will take place Nov. 5-8 in Durham, N.C.

Each of the ACC’s seven teams will play six regular-season conference games over seven weeks of competition from Sept. 18-Nov. 1. The ACC Championship will be a single-elimination format featuring all seven ACC teams and will be held Nov. 5, 6 and 8 at Duke’s Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.

The Cavaliers will play additional games that do not count in the overall conference standings against Wake Forest, Syracuse, North Carolina and Louisville.

Virginia will play six home games at Turf Field, playing weekend double headers against Wake Forest (Sept. 26-27), Syracuse (Oct. 2 and 4) and Louisville (Oct. 23-24). They will travel to play a doubleheader at North Carolina (Oct. 11-12) and single games at Boston College (Oct. 18) and Duke (Oct. 31).

2020 Virginia Field Hockey Schedule
Sept. 26 — WAKE FOREST (12 p.m.)
Sept. 27 — WAKE FOREST* (12 p.m.)
Oct. 2 — SYRACUSE* (3 p.m.)
Oct. 4 — SYRACUSE (3 p.m.)
Oct. 11 — at North Carolina* (12 p.m.)
Oct. 12 — at North Carolina (12 p.m.)
Oct. 18 — at Boston College* (12 p.m.)
Oct. 23 — LOUISVILLE* (4:30 p.m.)
Oct. 24 — LOUISVILLE (4:30 p.m.)
Oct. 31 — at Duke* (1 p.m.)
Nov. 5-8 — ACC Tournament (Durham, N.C.)
*ACC Contests

Cross Country

Virginia will compete in three regular-season competitions, including hosting two home meets at Panorama Farms.

Virginia will open the season at home on Sept. 25 with the Virginia Invite. The Cavaliers will hit the road on Oct. 7 for their lone away meet at NC State at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., before returning home on Oct. 16 for the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational.

The ACC Championships will be held on Oct. 30 in Cary, N.C.

2020 Virginia Cross Country Schedule
Oct. 7 — at NC State Invitational (Cary, N.C.)
Oct. 30 — ACC Championships (Cary, N.C.)


Virginia will play an eight-match ACC slate beginning October 2.

The Cavaliers will host Duke on Friday, Oct. 2, and again on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Memorial Gymnasium. Both matches are set for a 6:30 p.m. first serve.

Virginia will then play four-straight matches on the road, heading to North Carolina on October 9 and 11. The Cavaliers will follow with a trip to Virginia Tech for matches on October 16 and 18.

UVA closes the fall season with two matches against NC State. The first meeting with the Wolfpack is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 with the second coming a day later (Oct. 24).

2020 Virginia Volleyball Schedule
Oct. 2 — DUKE (6:30 p.m.)
Oct. 3 — DUKE (6:30 p.m.)
Oct. 9 — at North Carolina (6 p.m.)
Oct. 11 — at North Carolina (4 p.m.)
Oct. 16 — at Virginia Tech (6 p.m.)
Oct. 18 — at Virginia Tech (4 p.m.)
Oct. 23 — NC STATE (6:30 p.m.)
Oct. 24 — NC STATE (6:30 p.m.)

Final UVA Athletics COVID testing update; five new positive tests

The Virginia athletics department announced Friday afternoon its sixth round of COVID-19 testing results for the student-athletes who have returned to Grounds. Since the last report on Aug. 21, a total of 15 more sport programs (25 total) have returned to Grounds and the number of student-athletes tested has increased from 282 to 568.

There were five new positive tests since the last update issued on Aug. 21. All five new tests were for individuals who recently returned to Grounds. To date, there have been a total of nine positive tests among Virginia student-athletes.

None of the nine student-athletes who tested positive have required hospitalization.

The UVA football team reported no new positive tests. There have been no positive test results for the football program, which has tested 117 student-athletes, since the July 24 report. The football program has had a total of three positive tests since student-athletes reported back for summer conditioning on July 5.

All positive tests were reported to the Thomas Jefferson Health District of the Virginia Department of Health.

The individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 were notified according to local health guidelines as a means to trace contacts. Those individuals will self-isolate for at least 10 days, or until symptoms are gone plus three days fever free (whichever is longer) and be medically evaluated until they have been cleared to resume daily sports functions.

Known close contacts of those who test positive will also be asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are unable to participate in daily sports functions during that time.

This will be the final testing report before UVA resumes athletics competitions next weekend. During the competition season, Virginia athletics teams will follow the recently updated testing protocols announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

For more information on the ACC’s testing protocols, click here.


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