The Atlantic 10 men's soccer scene has run through New England the last three years. UMass won the 2017 title, only for URI to then win back-to-back championships of its own (2018, '19).
We'll soon see if that trend continues, with A-10 programs returning to conference play this March. Their fall season was initially postponed, and now they're gearing up for games during the Spring 2021 semester.
The A-10 will compete in a pod system, limiting how far teams travel. The top teams from all three pods, plus the best remaining side, will reach a postseason tournament that'll decide the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.
While the COVID-19 pandemic looms large, it’s still worth prospecting how the A-10 could look from a New England perspective. Here’s the rundown on UMass and URI, plus some local standouts who compete at A-10 programs beyond the region.