SWC submits proposal to end CIAC co-champions in soccer state finals – CT Insider

The SWC submitted a proposal to end CIAC co-champions in soccer state finals.
The South-West Conference has submitted a proposal to the CIAC to have its state championship games no longer end in co-championships.
SWC co-commissioner Mark Berkowitz confirmed that the league’s coaches agreed unanimously to submit the proposal. The SWC uses penalty kicks to determine its league champion.
“I am very much looking forward to having this discussion at the committee meeting. I think it is long overdue,” said Berkowitz, who coached boys soccer at Weston from 1999-2006 before becoming Weston’s athletic director.
Berkowitz declined to go into specifics until after the CIAC boys and girls soccer committees meet on Dec. 21. Berkowitz is also a member of the CIAC boys soccer committee.
“Upon the conclusion of this year’s CIAC Soccer State Championship games, the CIAC received multiple proposals from leagues seeking to end soccer co-champions and to decide the state championships using penalty kicks,” said Gregg Simon, CIAC associate executive director. “The CIAC Soccer Committee will consider these proposals at their Dec. 21 meeting.”
Simon wouldn’t comment on what other leagues had submitted proposals.
The CIAC soccer committee has the power to make the change on the current tournament format without it having to be vetted. The committee could also decide to further discuss it or survey the membership if it so chooses.
This comes on the heels of both the Class LL and Class M girls soccer state championship games having co-champions last month. The Class LL final between FCIAC rivals Staples and Wilton and the Class M final between SCC rivals Sacred Heart Academy and Mercy both ended in scoreless ties.
Before November, the last time a boys state final resulted in co-champions was in 2014, Avon and Branford in Class L. The last girls final to have the same result was in 2016, Immaculate vs. Notre Dame-Fairfield in Class M.
“In our sport, penalty kicks decide every other round. In every other major tournament these kids play in, the use penalty kicks,” Berkowitz said.
The only other CIAC sport that uses co-champions in a state final is field hockey.
joseph.morelli@hearstmediact.com; @nhrJoeMorelli

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