Alabama, West Virginia comply with soccer home-and-home in 2026-27

Alabama and West Virginia have agreed to a home-and-home soccer sequence for the 2026 and 2027 seasons, the 2 faculties introduced Friday.

The Mountaineers will host the primary recreation in Morgantown on Sept. 5, 2026, earlier than heading to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 4, 2027.

“With its nice custom and historical past, it will likely be thrilling to host the Crimson Tide in Morgantown, and it’ll present our followers with an ideal journey to go to Tuscaloosa the next season,” West Virginia athletics director Shane Lyons mentioned in a faculty launch.

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Lyons served as deputy director of athletics at Alabama from 2011-15 earlier than changing Oliver Luck at West Virginia.

The Crimson Tide and Mountaineers have met simply as soon as earlier than, with Alabama successful 33-23 within the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Recreation on the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The 2026 matchup will likely be a homecoming of types for Alabama coach Nick Saban, who was born and raised in West Virginia and served as a Mountaineers assistant from 1978-79. Saban’s present contract expires in 2025, and he could be 74 years outdated on the time of the primary recreation.

“West Virginia is yearly among the best groups within the nation,” Saban mentioned. “We imagine enjoying this sort of competitors solely makes our workforce higher, whereas offering a variety of pleasure for each fan bases.”

The house-and-home sequence is a little bit of a rarity for Alabama, which has performed a number of high-profile neutral-site video games underneath Saban: The Crimson Tide have not scheduled a home-and-home since Penn State in 2010-11. Within the School Soccer Playoff period, no convention has performed fewer true street video games in nonconference play than the Southeastern Convention, with Alabama the lone college to play a single one.

Alabama has already scheduled home-and-homes with Texas (2022-23) and Notre Dame (2028-29). West Virginia has home-and-homes scheduled with Virginia Tech (2021-22), Pitt (2022-25) and Penn State (2023-24).

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