Photo by: Tim Casey / UAA

The University of Florida is using the athletic off-season to make facility upgrades around the athletic program.

The UAA is spending $2.5 million toward upgrading the Ring Tennis Complex as well as the Percy Beard Track Stadium. In addition, the University announced that the Gators soccer program will be making a permanent move to the Donald R. Dizney Lacrosse Stadium across campus.

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The Gators have hosted multiple games at ‘the Diz’ since 2014, including all NCAA Tournament contests since then.

The Gators also released their 2018 schedule which features eleven opponents that qualifed for the NCAA Tournament in 2017, including two that made it to the College Cup (South Carolina and UCLA). The regular season will begin with a home date against Washington on August 17. Florida opens the season with three straight home games and will play five of their first six matches at Dizney Stadium.

Florida opens SEC play against Vanderbilt on September 16. The SEC Tournament will be played in Orange Beach, AL from October 29 – November 4.

2018 UF Soccer Schedule

  • 8/7 @ FGCU 7PM (EXH)
  • 8/17 v Washington 7PM
  • 8/19 v FAU. 7PM
  • 8/24 v Ohio State 7PM
  • 8/26 @ Oklahoma State 2PM
  • 8/31 v UCLA 7 PM
  • 9/2 v Southern Cal 6PM
  • 9/7 @ Florida State 7PM
  • 9/9 @ UCF 6PM
  • 9/16 v Vanderbilt 3PM
  • 9/20 @ Kentucky 7:30PM
  • 9/23 v LSU 1PM
  • 9/28 @ Mississippi State 8PM
  • 10/4 v Tennessee 6:30PM
  • 10/7 @ South Carolina 3PM
  • 10/14 @ Alabama 5PM
  • 10/18 v Georgia 6:30PM
  • 10/21 @ Missouri TBA

The Gators have earned twenty-one NCAA Championships appearances in the program’s twenty-four year history and have been led by head coach Becky Burleigh the entire time. Under Burleigh’s guidance Florida has garnered a 407-110-33 overall record. Burleigh has won the SEC Coach of the Year honor four times and won a National Championship in 1998.

Last season, Florida went 17-7 and advanced the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to South Carolina.

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