Government shutdown 2013: Service academies cancel intercollegiate sporting events

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(WJLA) - The government shutdown has made its way to the football field, the soccer field and all athletic arenas for each of this country's service academies.

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that it has suspended all intercollegiate competitions at the United States Military Academy, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy as a result of the federal shutdown.

According to Naval Academy officials, the first sporting event to be canceled is Tuesday's soccer match between Navy and Howard in Annapolis.

The mass cancellation also throws into question or not Navy and Air Force will play its annual game, which is scheduled for Saturday at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

Army also has a game this weekend against Boston College. It's slated to kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Navy's cross country team is also scheduled to compete in Pennsylvania this Saturday, while its men's and women's tennis teams are also scheduled for tournaments later this month.

The academy's women's volleyball team has a scheduled match for Saturday at home against Colgate.

On the football front, Army, Navy and Air Force compete annually for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which goes to the team that has the best record against the others.

It culminates with the annual Army-Navy game, which this year is scheduled for Dec. 14 in Philadelphia.