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  • 11/17/2015

    Please click here to read NCAA Sports Wagering Policy, a memorandum from Mark Lewis, Executive Vice President, Championships and Alliances, and Dan Calandro, Director, Championships and Alliances.

  • 11/11/2015

    By Don Dennison


    Not all referees are fortunate enough to be assigned to post-season matches, conference tournaments or NCAA tournament matches.  If you are one of the lucky ones, it is imperative that you commit to memory the proper procedures for handling such matches when there is no winner after the regulation 90 minutes of the match plus two 10 minute sudden victory overtime periods.

    In such circumstances it is necessary to determine a winner by means of kicks from the penalty spot (or line) as proscribed in NCAA Rule 7.1 .  On a personal note, please don’t refer to these as “penalty kicks” as used by the uninformed press and media.  There has been no penalty assessed, they are kicks that are taken from the penalty mark.

    As opposed to the FIFA Laws of the Game, NCAA rules state that only players that are listed in the NCAA game roster may participate and they do NOT necessarily have to have been on the field at the end of the second overtime. This is a major difference.  They can in fact have been on the bench as long as they are listed on the roster.

    Each team will designate 10 different kickers, one of whom may be the goalkeeper, OR 10 different kickers and a goalkeeper.  In this later case, the goalkeeper cannot participate as a kicker.  As in FIFA, a series of five kicks by different players is taken and the team scoring on the greatest number of those kicks is determined as the winner.

    A coin toss will determine which team will kick first or second with the visiting team calling the toss, the winner if winner of which has the choice of kicking first or second.  The referee shall determine which goal shall be used.  No follow up on the kicks is allowed, the ball remains alive until its momentum is spent.

    Note that coaches, trainers, non-participating players and other bench personnel must remain in the coaching and team area and are not permitted on the field.  The participating kickers are to assemble within the center circle on the side of the halfway line away from the goal being used.

    In the event that a team cannot field 10 kickers or one or more are ejected during the kicks, the opposing team has the option to reduce its number of kickers accordingly.

    If the score is still tied after each team has taken 5 kicks, a sudden victory situation takes place with each team continuing with different kickers until a team has one more goals than its opponent having taken the same number of kicks.  In the event that the score still remains tied after 10 kicks each, the kicks in sudden victory manner will continue, however after all eligible kickers have kicked once, the order of the kickers may be  changed .

    The goalkeeper who is not defending the kick must remain on the field of play and at one corner of the penalty area at the goal line.  Once the goalkeeper is selected, he or she can only be changed if injured or ejected.  A substitute goalkeeper can be any eligible player on the roster.  In the event of an injury to the goalkeeper, the rules require that whether or not the player is injured must be determined by a physician or certified trainer.  If the goalkeeper is physically able, he or she may return to the match.

    These scenarios are not the easiest to remember, but it behooves the tournament officials to review the procedures prior to the match.
     

  • 10/26/2015

    Please click here to view the Fighting Rule Review 2015 presentation.

  • 10/14/2015


    Allowable Substitution Times:
       
    -Goal Kick
    -Team’s own throw-in (if the team in possession chooses to substitute the opposing team may also substitute)  
    -Team’s own corner kick (if the team in possession chooses to substitute the opposing team may also substitute)
    -After a goal
    -Between periods
    -When a player has been cautioned (sub may occur for the player(s) cautioned; if such sub is made the opponent may sub an equal number of players)

    Re-Entry:

    When a substitute replaces a field player during the first half:
    --The player leaving the game may not re-enter during the first half.
     
    When a substitute replaces a field player during the second half:
    --Any player who has left the game may re-enter one time during the second half.
     
    When a substitute replaces a field player during either overtime period:
    --The player leaving the game may not re-enter during that particular overtime period (just like the first half of the game).  Each overtime period is treated as a separate period.  A player who is substituted for in the first overtime period MAY play in the second overtime period.

    Goalkeepers:

    -The goalkeeper who started the game may re-enter once each period provided the only position they play is goalkeeper.

    -If the starting goalkeeper remains in the game as a field player, they are not allowed to re-enter as goalkeeper except during the second half.

    -If a substitute replaces the starting goalkeeper who goes to the bench, the starting goalkeeper may return to the game as goalkeeper.  This may happen once each period.

    -A substitute goalkeeper may re-enter only during the second period.

    -If a goalkeeper is ejected, the coach may substitute for the ejected goalkeeper only.  If a substitution is made, a field player shall be removed.  The opponents may not substitute at this time.

    INJURIES:

    Injury caused by an opponent who was cautioned or ejected:
    -Injured player may be substituted for and can re-enter in the same period at any stoppage of play or at any of the allowable times for normal substitutions.
    -Neither the injured player nor the substitute is charged with a substitution.

    Bleeding Injury and Signs of Concussion:
    -Injured player may be substituted for and can re-enter in the same period at any stoppage of play or at any of the allowable times for normal substitutions provided the appropriate medical personnel have given clearance.
    -Neither the injured player nor the substitute is charged with a substitution.
    -A player with signs of a concussion must be cleared by team physician or designee according to the concussion management plan

    Normal Injury/Illness:
    -Field players substituted for a normal injury shall not re-enter the game in the 1st half (one re-entry in the second half)
    -An injured player who leaves the field and the team plays short may re-enter the game during the run of play or at any stoppage of play from the halfway line on the bench side of the field.

  • 10/13/2015

    This is a reminder that this season’s registration and rules test are available under the REGISTRATION and TESTING tabs, and these requirements must be completed by October 15 to qualify for postseason assignment.

  • 10/9/2015

    Please click here to view the Offside presentation.

  • 9/14/2015

    This interpretation was originally issued October 1, 2014.

     OFFSIDE INTERPRETATION

    Rule 11.2 When Offside, states:

    A player shall be declared offside and penalized only if, at the time the ball touches or is played by a teammate, the player is involved in active play and interferes with play or with an opponent, or seeks to gain an advantage by being in that position.

    In the context with Rule 11 - Offside, the following definitions are applicable:

    (1)   Interfering with play" means playing or touching the ball passed or touched by a teammate.
    (2)  "Interfering with an opponent" means preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent's line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball.
    (3)  "Gaining an advantage by being in that position" means playing a ball:

    (a)   which rebounds or is deflected to a player who is in an offside position off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent; or

    (b)   which rebounds or is deflected to a player who is in an offside position from a deliberate save by an opponent.

    A player who is in an offside position and receives the ball directly from an opponent who deliberately played the ball (except from a deliberate save), is not considered to have gained an advantage.

    Although there are differences in verbiage, these definitions are consistent with FIFA Circular No. 1362 issued June 2013.

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  • 7/16/2015

    We are excited about the new season and look forward to the opportunities to communicate important soccer information with you this year on the NCAA Soccer Central Hub. 

    REGISTRATION is now available.  After registering, please visit the Center Circle Central Hub frequently to stay current on the latest soccer officiating news and information.  On the central hub, you will be able to read the latest rules interpretations from Ken Andres, Secretary-Rules Editor, bulletins from the National Coordinator, review VIDEO clips on correct application of the RULES AND MECHANICS, and click TESTING to take the test.

    All the best this season!

    Ryan Cigich
    National Coordinator Men’s & Women’s Soccer Officials

  • 7/9/2015

    Please click More below to read the memorandum.

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  • 11/12/2014

    Players, coaches and referees are not permitted to use cameras or other recording devices worn on the head or uniform during NCAA soccer games.

    The NCAA Soccer Rules Committee will consider whether or not to permit the use of such devices at the next committee meeting in January 2015, and if they are determined to be permissible, what restrictions will be imposedMore...

  • 11/11/2014


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    (Click here to view the DOGSO video clips)


    NCAA Rules 12.3.5 and 12.3.6 refers to ejections for the denial of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity either by deliberately handling the ball or by an offense punishable by a free kick or penalty kick.

    The factors for deciding when to penalize for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity are as follows:

    1. The direction of the play.
    2. The distance between the offense and the goal.
    3. The distance of both the attacker and defender to the ball.
    4. The number of defenders and their location.

    When making a decision for DOGSO there must be an opportunity for an obvious attempt at goal as well as the likelihood of the attacker gaining (or keeping) control of the ball.  The wider the angle of attack and further away the attacker is from the goal, the less chance that an obvious goal-scoring opportunity is denied.

    Many coaches, players and spectators often refer to a DOGSO as the “last man” foul.  The NCAA rule makes no reference to the “last man”.  The main aspect of this rule is the word “obvious”.  Therefore if the referee has any doubts as to whether or not all of the factors exist, the player should not be sent off for DOGSO.  

  • 11/7/2014


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    1.  After the goalkeeper has been designated for the kicks from the mark tie breaking procedure, a team may change their goalkeeper with one of the eligible kickers participating in the procedure for tactical reasons.

    a.  True

    b.  False

    Answer: B  (7.1.1.7)

    2.  The referee calls a penalty kick. A player is injured and substituted for before the penalty kick restart. The entering player is allowed to take the penalty kick.

    a.  True

    b.  False
     

    Answer: B (14.2)

     

    3.  A12 reports to the scorer’s table to substitute for A2 in the first overtime period.  Team A is awarded a corner kick.  The referee beckons A12 onto the field, but the coach decides he wants A2 to remain in the game for the corner kick and tells A12 not to enter.  The referee should:

    a.  Require A12 to enter for A2

    b.  Allow A2 to remain in the game and allow A12 to enter at the next substitution opportunity

    c.   Allow A2 to remain in the game and NOT allow A12 to enter during the remainder of the first overtime period
     

    Answer: C (AR3.6.1.d&e)

    4.  The starting goalkeeper is substituted at the 30th minute.  At the 40th minute she reports to the scorer’s table to reenter the game as a goalkeeper.  The referee should:

    a.    Allow the goalkeeper to reenter in the first half

    b.    Not allow the goalkeeper to reenter in the first half
     

    Answer: A (3.5.2)

     

    5.   A team’s goalkeeper is ejected during the kicks from the mark tie breaking procedure. A team may only replace the goalkeeper with one of their designated kickers participating in the procedure.

    a.   True

    b.   False
     

    Answer: B (7.1.1.1)

     

    6.   The last ten seconds of the first half have been counted down and the game clock indicates the end of the half, however, the signaling device has failed and prior to the referee blowing his whistle to indicate the end of the half, a goal is scored. The referee shall:

    a.    Allow the goal

    b.    Disallow the goal
     

    Answer: B (6.3.9)

    7.  For the post season tie breaking procedure, the players eligible to participate are:

    a.   Only those on the field at the end of the 2nd overtime

    b.   Only those who have participated in the match and were not ejected

    c.    Anyone on the roster who has not been ejected
     

    Answer C: (7.1.1.1)

    8.  Player A1 takes a throw-in and it does not enter the field of play.  The referee shall:

    a.   Award the throw-in to Team B

    b.   Require A1 to retake the throw-in

    c.    Allow any player on Team A to retake the throw-in
     

    Answer: A (15.2)

     

    9.  With the goalkeeper of team A in clear possession in his own goal area, the referee stops play to attend to an injured player at midfield.  The proper restart of the game is:

    a.   A drop ball at the point the goalkeeper had possession.

    b.   A drop ball at the 6 yard mark.

    c.    An indirect kick for team A at the point the goalkeeper had possession.

    d.    An indirect kick for team A anywhere in the goal area. 

    e.    A drop ball at the point of the injured player.
     

           Answer: D  (9.3.2)

    10.   During a penalty kick as a tie breaker, the goalkeeper stops the forward progress of the kick; however, the wind propels it back into the goal.  The referee shall:

    a.   Award the goal. 

    b.   Do not award a goal.
     

          Answer: A  (AR 14.4.a)

     

    11.   When there is still a tie after regulation and overtime, Kicks from the Mark are required to determine the winner.  At the coin toss to determine which team kicks first?

    a.  The coin toss winner must kick first

    b.  The coin toss loser must kick first

    c.   The winner of the coin toss choices who kicks first
     

         Answer: C  (7.1.1.2)

     

    12.   For games that end in a tie after 90 minutes:

    a.  It shall be declared a tie game and no overtime played.

    b.  Two 15 minute overtime periods shall be played in their entirety.

    c.   Two 15 minute sudden victory overtime periods shall be played.

    d.   Two 10 minute sudden victory overtime periods shall be played. 
     

         Answer: D  (7.1.1)

  • 10/28/2014

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    AR Duty Is To Indicate When:

    • The whole ball leaves the field
    • A team is entitled to a corner kick, goal kick, or throw-in
    • A player may be penalized for offside position
    • A substitution is requested
    • Misconduct or other incidents occurs out of sight of the Referee
    • AR has a better view of offenses than the Referee
    • At a Penalty Kick the Goalkeeper moves before kick
    • Assist the Referee in controlling the match.
    • Enter the field of play to set 10 yard distance


    AR Involvement Is Required When:

    • Game critical decisions
    • Off-the-ball incidents
    • Eye contact by the referee
    • Referee is out of position and too far from play
    • AR has better angle
    • Mass confrontation
    • Management style of the referee
    • Temperature of the match
    • Goal line decisions
    • The whole picture not seen


    AR Involvement Is Not Required When:

    • Fouls called not consistent with the Referee
    • Over-Extending beyond the AR’s  “Area of Control”
    • 50/50 Call
    • Flag because It Is “Near Me Syndrome”
    • 4th official has the bench under control
  • 10/16/2014


    CAA Soccer Rule 5.6.7; Injury and Signs of Concussion

    by John Puglisi

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    Players with a bleeding injury, blood on the uniform or signs of a concussion shall be substituted for and may re-enter the game (after being beckoned by the referee) at any stoppage of play or at any of the allowable times for normal substitution, provided they have received clearance from the appropriate medical personnel. Neither the injured player nor the substitute shall be charged with a substitution. However, if the injured player replaces a player other than the original substitute, that player shall be charged with a substitution.

    It is the referee's responsibility under Rule 5.6.7 to determine whether the injured player is leaving the field under Rule 5.6.7.1 (general injury) or Rule 5.6.7.2 (signs of concussion). The referee can and should consult with the onsite medical staff to assist in this determination. If the player is leaving under Rule 5.6.7.1 and is substituted, the player's re-entry is limited under Rule 3.5.3.3 (the player shall not re-enter the game in that period with the exception that the player is permitted one re-entry in the second period). Players leaving the field under Rule 5.6.7.2 are allowed to re-enter in that period subject to Rule 3.5.3.2. Recommended procedure when the game is stopped to evaluate an apparent head injury:

    • Stop the game immediately and summon medical staff onto the field to attend to the injured player;
    • Before restarting play, make sure the assistant referees (especially AR1), the Alternate Official (if present), the official scorekeeper and both coaches are informed of the player's re-entry eligibility. The Referee is encouraged to consult with the onsite medical staff before play is restarted to make a determination of whether the injury is general in nature or if the player presents signs of concussion.
    • After the match, report the injury to the governing sports authority if the player presents signs of concussion or does not return to the match.

    Emphasize the timing of making the determination before play is restarted because this is a potential player eligibility matter and may be subject to protest. The player's re-entry eligibility must be determined before play is restarted to eliminate the potential for protest.

  • 10/2/2014


    To view the information as a PDF, please click here.


    1.    A player suspended from the game must leave the premises and be "out of sight and sound."

    a.    True

    b.    False

    5.6.4 An ejected player, coach or other bench personnel shall leave the premises of the field of play to the point that the individual, in the referee’s opinion, shall not be a disruptive influence on the further progress of the game. This means out of sight and sound of the field of play.

    Exception: Individuals suspended under Rule 5.6 may be restricted to a designated area where they shall be appropriately supervised.

    2.    In the first half of the match, the referee observes a player with inappropriate shin guards and requires the player to leave the field of play and is not substituted for. The player corrects the problem and reports to the scorer’s table for reentry. The referee crew shall:

    a.    Not allow the player to reenter in the first half.          

    b.    Allow the player to enter during the run of play         

    c.    Allow the player to enter at the next stoppage of play   

    d.    Allow the player to enter at the next legal substitution opportunity for either team.

    e.    Allow the player to enter at the next legal substitution opportunity for his team.

    Per the penalty cited in Rule 4: “Any player not conforming to Rules 4.1 through 4.5 shall not be permitted to play. Moreover, after being instructed to leave the field, providing he/she has not been substituted for, a player shall not re-enter the game without first reporting to the referee, who shall be satisfied that the player’s uniform, shoes and equipment are in order.”  This requires referee inspection; therefore, he must wait until the play is stopped.

    3.    After the goalkeeper has been designated for the kicks from the mark tie breaking procedure, a team may change their goalkeeper with one of the eligible kickers participating in the procedure for tactical reasons.

    a.    True

    b.    False

    “7.1.1.7 Once the goalkeeper is designated, he or she shall not be replaced unless injured or ejected; and his or her replacement may be from any of the eligible players listed on the official NCAA game roster for that game. Injuries leading to replacement of the designated goalkeeper shall be determined by the attending physician and/or a certified trainer in concert with the governing sports authority. (See Page 7.) However, the injured goalkeeper is eligible to return if physically able.”

    4.    The referee calls a penalty kick. A player is injured and substituted for before the penalty kick restart. The entering player is allowed to take the penalty kick.

    a.    True

    b.    False

    NCAA Rule 14.2 states, “The penalty kick is taken after the referee’s whistle from any place on the penalty line or spot. Only those players on the field at the time the penalty kick is awarded may take the penalty kick.”

    5.    If a match is suspended at the 75th minute due to inclement weather and cannot be resumed that same day, it is declared:

    a.    A “no contest” and must be replayed in its entirety   

    b.    Considered a complete contest and the result will be official

    c.    Is up to the determination of the governing sports authority

    7.5 Suspended Game:  A suspended game is considered a temporary action (because of elements or other causes). If the conditions leading to a suspended game persist and the game is not resumed the same day, the game shall be considered “no contest” if it has not progressed to 70 minutes. A “no contest” does not count, and all normal statistics are nullified; however, cautions or ejections occurring in a “no contest” shall be subject to the procedures stated in Rules 12.11, 12.12, and 12.13.

    A.R. 7.5.a   Because of lightning, the referee suspends a game midway into the second half of play. The storm persists, and the game cannot continue. How shall the referee report the game? RULING: If the game has progressed to 70 minutes (that is 70:00), the referee shall report that it was suspended.

    A.R. 7.5.b   A game is suspended at 47:47. What is the ruling of the game? RULING: No contest.

    6.    A team’s goalkeeper is ejected during the kicks from the mark tie breaking procedure. A team may only replace the goalkeeper with one of their designated kickers participating in the procedure.

    a.    True

    b.    False

    Rule 7.1.1.1 states: “In addition, if the designated player ejected is the goalkeeper, his or her replacement may be from any of the eligible players listed on the official NCAA game roster for that game.”

    7.    In the first half, a defender (A2) attempts a legal slide tackle and as a result is bleeding from the hip. The referee correctly requires A2 to leave the field and A2 is replaced by substitute (A12). After being attended to by the trainer and no longer bleeding, A2 reports to the scorer’s table to replace A3. The referee should:

    a.    Allow A2 to replace A3

    b.    Only allow A2 to reenter if A2 replaces A12 

    c.    Not allow A2 to reenter

    3.5.3.2 Players with a bleeding injury, blood on the uniform or signs of a concussion shall be substituted for and may re-enter the game (after being beckoned by the referee) at any stoppage of play or at any of the allowable times for normal substitution, provided they have received clearance from the appropriate medical personnel. Neither the injured player nor the substitute shall be charged with a substitution. However, if the injured player replaces a player other than the original substitute, that player shall be charged with a substitution.

    8.    The last ten seconds of the first half have been counted down and the game clock indicates the end of the half, however, the signaling device has failed and prior to the referee blowing his whistle to indicate the end of the half, a goal is scored. The referee shall

    a.    Allow the goal

    b.    Disallow the goal

    Major Rules Changes for 2014 and 2015:

    6.3.9 If no horn sounds at the expiration of time, the period ends when the clock reaches zero ................................................................p.32

    6.3.9 The timekeeper shall signal for the termination of the period and signal with a horn (not whistle) when time has expired. The expiration of time is the moment the timekeeper’s signal begins, regardless of the position of the ball.  If no horn sounds, the period will end when the clock reaches zero (and/or 45:00/90:00/10:00/10:00).

    9.    A player (A1) is instructed to leave the field because of a bleeding injury in the first half. A1 is replaced by a substitute (A2). After receiving attention to take care of the bleeding, A1 returns to the game for a player (A3) other than the original substitute. The referee should:

    a.    Disallow the substitution.        

    b.    Permit the substitution but the player that left the field (A3) will not be able to reenter.            

    c.    Permit the substitution and allow the player who left the field (A3) to reenter later in the first half.

    3.5.3.2 Players with a bleeding injury, blood on the uniform or signs of a concussion shall be substituted for and may re-enter the game (after being beckoned by the referee) at any stoppage of play or at any of the allowable times for normal substitution, provided they have received clearance from the appropriate medical personnel. Neither the injured player nor the substitute shall be charged with a substitution. However, if the injured player replaces a player other than the original substitute, that player shall be charged with a substitution

    10.  During the taking of a penalty kick, a member of the attacking team encroaches and the ball is deflected by the goalkeeper over the cross bar and over the goal line. The correct restart is

    a.    Corner Kick    

    b.    Indirect Free Kick by the defending team 

    c.    Retake the penalty kick         

    d.    Goal Kick

    A.R. 14.3.2.  On a penalty kick, the offensive team infringes upon the rule. RULING:  The kick shall be retaken if a goal is scored. If the ball goes directly out of play over the end line without being touched, a goal kick shall be awarded. If a goal is not scored and the ball rebounds into or out of play, an indirect free kick shall be awarded against the offending team.

    11.  After the whistle has sounded for the end of the first half, a player who was on the field at the end of the half is ejected for using inappropriate language on the way to the locker room, but off the field of play. The referee shall:

    a.    Eject the player require the team to begin the second half with 10 players

    b.    Eject the player and allow the team to begin the second half with 11 players          

    c.    Do not eject the player as the offense happened on the way to the locker room

    12.12.1 states:  If the ejected individual(s) is a player of record in the game at the time of the ejection, the player, who cannot be replaced, shall leave the game and his/her team shall play short.

    A.R. 12.3.7.b.  May a player be cautioned and/or ejected during an interval between periods or after the completion of a game? RULING: Yes. Moreover, if time remains and the player in question has not been substituted for before the incident occurs or the penalty has been assessed, the team shall play short for the remainder of the game.

  • 9/19/2014

    SUPPLEMENT NO. 2b

    DRONES INTERPRETATION

    The NCAA Soccer Rules Committee has ruled that drones may not be used to monitor or record intercollegiate soccer games, as they are not considered to be the type of "electronic device" contemplated by Rule 12.14.2, which permits enhanced communication between members of the on-site coaching staff.

    The rationale is as follows:

    (1) There are multiple safety concerns for student-athletes and spectators;
    (2) There are currently no established safety guidelines and protocols for the manner of use;
    (3) There are currently no established training programs for equipment operators; and
    (4) There are concerns regarding competitive disadvantage issues.

    The Soccer Rules Committee will continue to monitor this issue in accordance with the policy of reviewing technological advances.

    You will note that the NCAA soccer rules do not govern practice sessions. However, the committee recommends that institutions familiarize themselves with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Rules and Regulations governing the use of Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) and adopt the policy of not using drones during practice sessions.

  • 9/19/2014

    SUPPLEMENT NO. 2c

    RED CARD REPORTING

    Rule 12.3* requires that for every ejection, the referee must electronically file a report within 24 hours of completion of the game on the NCAA Soccer Central Hub website at www.NCAAsoccer.arbitersports.com. It is mandatory that the red card report be filed with the NCAA. The failure to file red card reports have led to multiple problems, including suspended players failing to serve suspensions and illegally participating in games.

    As summarized in the chart below entitled "Red Card Depository Compared to NCAA Statistics" -- only 69% of the red cards issued in 2013 were electronically filed with the NCAA by the referee.


    1329 red cards were issued -- 919 red card reports were electronically filed. This is not acceptable and must be corrected immediately. 100% of the red cards must be reported in the 2014 season.

    *Rule 12.3 Ejections. An ejection is a formal disciplinary action requiring specific procedures to be followed by the referee including stopping the clock, suspending play and displaying a red card. For all ejections, the referee shall electronically complete and file the appropriate form(s) located on the NCAA Soccer Central Hub website at www.NCAAsoccer.arbitersports.com within 24 hours of completion of the game.

  • 9/12/2014


    Allowable Substitution Times (Rule 3.4):

    • Goal Kick
    • Team’s own throw-in (if the team in possession chooses to substitute the opposing team may also substitute)
    • Team’s own corner kick (if the team in possession chooses to substitute the opposing team may also substitute)
    • After a goal
    • Between periods
    • When a player has been cautioned (sub may occur for the player(s) cautioned; if such sub is made the opponent may sub an equal number of players)

    Re-Entry (Rule 3.5):

    • When a substitute replaces a field player during the first half: 

    ·  The player leaving the game may not re-enter during the first half.

    • When a substitute replaces a field player during the second half: 

    ·  Any player who has left the game may re-enter one time during the second half.

    • When a substitute replaces a field player during either overtime period:

    ·  The player leaving the game may not re-enter during either overtime period.

    • Goalkeepers:

    ·  The goalkeeper who started the game may re-enter once each period provided the only position they play is goalkeeper. 

    ·  If the starting goalkeeper remains in the game as a field player, they are not allowed to re-enter as goalkeeper except during the second half. 

    ·  If a substitute replaces the starting goalkeeper who goes to the bench, the starting goalkeeper may return to the game as goalkeeper.  This may happen once each period. 

    ·  A substitute goalkeeper may re-enter only during the second period.

    Injuries (Rule 3.5):

    • Injury caused by an opponent who was cautioned or ejected:

    ·  Injured player may be substituted for and can re-enter in the same period.

    ·  Neither the injured player nor the substitute is charged with a substitution.

    • Bleeding Injury/Blood on Uniform and Signs of Concussion:

    ·  Injured player may be substituted for and can re-enter in the same period.

    ·  Neither the injured player nor the substitute is charged with a substitution  (must be the original substitute).

    ·  A player with signs of a concussion must be cleared by team physician or designee

    • Normal Injury/Illness:

    ·  Field players substituted for a normal injury shall not re-enter the game in the 1st half (one re-entry in the second half)

    ·  An injured player who leaves the field and the team plays short may re-enter the game during the run of play or at any stoppage of play from the halfway line on the bench side of the field.

    Substitutions During Last 5 Minutes (Rule 3.6.2):

    • ANYTIME the team leading makes a substitution during the final five minutes of the second period only, the clock shall stop.

    Equipment Violation (Rule 3.4.8):

    • A player who leaves the field for an equipment violation, may be substituted for under normal substitution rules. 
    • If the player is not replaced and the team plays short, then the player may return to the game at the next stoppage of play.
 
 
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