The vote, 31-23 in favor, was one of the tightest ever in these kind of decisions, according to the Section's Director of Communications, Will DeBoard.
Previously, the boys have always played in the fall and the girls in the spring. CIF has said the winter is the official season for soccer with the majority of sections around the state playing the sport during that time of year.
DeBoard thinks that this will open the door to some sort of NorCal regional or even a state championship for soccer, but that may be a ways off.
"This is a vote that has come up many times over the years, but this is obviously the first time the move to winter was officially approved," DeBoard wrote in an email to media members.
In addition, DeBoard announced that John Williams, the Section's associate commissioner, will retire effective July 1 and will be replaced by Ryan Tos, currently the athletic director at Lemoore High School.
|Ryan Tos, new SJS Assoc. Commissioner|
One other note, the Board also made a new playoff rule whereby if a team wins a league championship in a sport where the playoff is based on enrollment-based divisions, that team must play at that same division in the post-season. This past year both Modesto Christian and Capital Christian were league champions in Division V in football, but were dropped to Div. VI for the playoffs.