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  • 11/16/2017

    Please click the link to view Offside Key Considerations (FIFA Additional Notes), and then the links below to view the video clips:

    Offside Clip 1 - Interfering with an Opponent

    The attacker is clearly in an offside position. As the ball is shot and goes past the offside player, her body obstructs the view of the ball for the goalkeeper. 

    Additionally, the offside attacker makes an Action which impacts the goalkeepers ability to play the ball.  Note how the goalkeeper hesitates as the ball goes past the offside player.  This is the cue to observe in order to know if the goalkeeper has been impacted.  Therefore, the attacker is offside due to both obstructing the line of sight and making an action on the ball.  

    It is expected that the AR can judge this play due to the obvious hesitation by the goalie.  If however, the AR is not certain, they should stand at attention and then have a conversation with the referee. 

    Offside Clip 2 - Interfering with Play

    The attacker plays the ball towards the goal line where his teammate has just left the field through normal course of play.  This position places him past the second to last defender.  The AR may have doubt as to who played this ball. 

    Offside Clip 3 - Not Offside

    The Assistant Referee does well to wait and see, showing patience and reading the play properly.  As an AR, they have the ability to stop play at any moment by raising the flag.  Therefore, best practice is to let the play develop.  An offside player interfering with play means that they touch the ball or are the only one to obviously touch it.  This is a good example of wait and see. 

  • 11/3/2017

    As the regular season begins to wind down, officials need to review Rule 7.1.1.1 in order to administer kicks from the penalty spot correctly.  Let’s start with the basics.  Any player listed on the game roster who has not been ejected is eligible to participate.  There is no requirement that the players on the field at the end of overtime be the ones to participate.  Each team must designate 10 kickers.  The goalkeeper may be one of the ten to take a kick, or a team may designate ten kickers and a goalkeeper who will not take a kick to defend against the kicks.  Please note that teams are not required to specify which orders the players will kick in; the officials should record each player’s number and the result of the kick as the tie-breaker proceeds.  If the tie-breaker goes beyond ten kicks, teams are free to change the order.

    The visiting team calls the coin toss, and the winner of the toss has the option to kick first or second.  Rule 7.1.1.2 states that the referee shall determine which goal will be used.  There is no official guidance on what factors to use, but here are a few to consider.  First, what are the field conditions like?  If the area around one penalty spot or goal line is significantly better than the other, use that end.  Second, what about time of day?  Do not make the goalkeepers squint into the setting sun when facing a penalty kick.  Third, which end of the field is better from an administrative purpose?  Are there fans legally seated behind one goal but not the other?  If so, go to the end with no fans.  Try for as equitable a situation as possible.  Prior to beginning the kicks, make sure that the designated players from each team are in the center circle along with one of the Assistant Referees, who will record the kicking order and the results.  All coaches and bench personnel should be in the designated coaching and team areas.  The other Assistant Referee should serve as a goal judge, and the non-participating goal-keeper shall be at the intersection of the penalty area and goal lines behind the Assistant Referee.    

    Once the kicks have begun, there are only two situations in which the goalkeeper can be changed.  First, if the goalkeeper is ejected during the kicks, he or she may be replaced by any other eligible player on the roster.  Note that if the goalkeeper was not designated as a kick prior to the ejection, the replacement goalkeeper may not participate as a kicker.  The second situation in which the goalkeeper can be changed is if there is an injury, which must be certified by the attending physician or athletic trainer in conjunction with the NCAA representative (if an NCAA tournament game) or with the governing sports authority (if a conference tournament game).  If one of the designated kickers is ejected during the tie-breaker, the opposing team has the option to reduce the number of kickers in its order to avoid having their 10th player kick against the 1st player from the opposing team.

    The kicks themselves are taken in accord with Rule 14.2.  Of particular note to officials is that run ups that include a stutter-step or hesitation are legal as long as there is no stopping and there is a continuous movement toward the ball.  The punishment of violations during kicks from the spot is straightforward.  If the goalkeeper comes off the line too early, the kick is retaken if a goal is not scored.  If the kicker commits a violation prior to the ball being in play, he or she can be cautioned or ejected as appropriate and the kick retaken as the ball was not properly put into play. 

    Finally, officials need to keep in mind A.R. 14.4.a, which defines when the kick is considered over.  The kick is completed when the ball completely crosses the goal line, the goalkeeper clearly saves the ball, or the movement of the ball has ceased.  If the ball keeps moving without leaving the field of play and strikes any combination of the goalkeeper, crossbar, goalposts, or the field and then enters the goal, it is a valid goal. Officials need to keep in mind that the rules for conducting the tie-breaker are quite specific and can easily lead to a protest if misapplied.  Each official is responsible for knowing the rules and administering them properly.  Best of luck with the post season!

  • 10/27/2017

    We are looking at the new NCAA rule 12.5 change regarding DOGSO (Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity)
     
    When a defender commits an offense against an opponent within their own penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goal scoring opportunity, the offending player is cautioned unless:
     
    1. The offense is holding, pulling or pushing
    2. The offending player does not attempt to play the ball or there is no possibility for the player making the challenge to play the ball
    3. The offense is one which is punishable by a red card wherever it occurs on the field of play (e.g. serious foul play, violent behavior) 
     
    There are two areas of DOGSO that remain unchanged and should be punished by a red card:
     
    1. Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball, wherever the offense occurs.  (Handball DOGSO offenses = NO  CHANGE) 
    2. Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity outside the penalty area by an offense punishable by a direct free kick or a penalty kick. (NO CHANGE)
     
    The Referee should use the considerations in their decision making regarding DOGSO: 
     
    1. Distance between the offense and goal
    2. General Direction of play
    3. Does the attacker have control of the ball or the likelihood of gaining control of the ball
    4. Number of defenders and their location. 
     
    Rationale for the rule change is to align with the FIFA Law and fundamental fairness to avoid an excessively harsh penalty referred to as “double jeopardy” where a penalty kick is awarded and the defender is also issued a red card.  
     
    Please review the video clips and the comments for each:

    DOGSO Clip 1 – UCLA vs Stanford -  The goalkeeper makes an attempt to play the ball therefore the correct decision under the new rule is penalty kick and yellow card against the goalkeeper. 

    DOGSO Clip 2 – Boston College vs Duke -  The goalkeeper makes an attempt to play the ball therefor the correct decision under the new rule is a penalty kick and yellow card against the goalkeeper.

    DOGSO Clip 3 – Florida Gulf Coast vs UNC – In this clip had the FGU defender #25 not held the UNC attacker he would have had control of the ball with no defenders between him and the goal.  The holding offense occurs outside the penalty area and the foul denies an obvious goal scoring opportunity.  The correct decision is a red card which is no change from last year.  

    DOGSO Clip 6 – Santa Clara vs San Diego – in the clip the attacker is held and pulled as he has control of the ball in the direction toward the goal with no defenders between him and the goalkeeper.  The foul denies an obvious goal scoring opportunity outside of the penalty area and is punished by a red card, no change from last year.   

  • 10/20/2017

    The importance of referee positioning cannot be understated.  In order to make accurate decisions referees need to be in a position to accurately judge and “sell” fouls and key match incidents. When players and coaches see referees make crucial calls from close proximity they may be less likely to dispute the decision as much as when the referee is far from play.  Often times when calls are missed it is due to the referee not being in the optimum position in order to make correct calls.

    Good positioning comes down to:
    Fitness
    Reading the game
    Anticipation

    The following four video clips are examples of excellent positioning from one of the top soccer referees in the country, Mr. Chico Grajeda.  In these examples you will see very good sprinting, high work rate, excellent proximity to the play, creating angles, and reading the next phase of play. 

    Click here to view the clips.

  • 10/12/2017

    Please click the VIDEO Tab to view new videos and instructions on Violent Behavior, Serious Foul Play, and Hair Pulling.

  • 10/6/2017

    Please click here to view the Vokkero Radio Communication Device PowerPoint presentation.

  • 9/29/2017

    Unlike some youth leagues across the country the NCAA rules prohibit a red carded player or a player who is serving a suspension to remain in the team bench area. The NCAA Rules state that an ejected player, coach, or other bench personnel shall leave the premises of the field of play to the point that, in the opinion of the referee, the individual shall not be a disruptive influence on further progress of the game. This means out of sight and sound of the field of play. Potential designated areas may include but not limited to: locker room, team bus, spectator area, stadium seating, etc. The key is that the individual is far enough away that they are not a disruptive influence on the game. Remaining in the immediate field area or team bench area is not an option. 

    Additionally, Rule 12.7.3 states that a player, coach or other bench personnel removed from the game and/or serving a game suspension shall be restricted to the spectator or designated area and prohibited from any communication or contact, direct or indirect, with the team, coaches and/or bench personnel from the start of the game to its completion, including halftime and overtime periods. 

  • 9/25/2017

    New Rule 3.6.3.3

    A player who has a permanent medical condition with the potential to produce serious injury or death through sustained physical exertion (e.g., sickle cell trait) may be substituted at any time when medically necessary and re-enter the game without the limitations imposed by Rule 3.6.1, which limits re-entry.

    To be eligible for this medical re-entry exception, the team physician must confirm the medical condition, its potential for producing serious injury or death, and the need for the player to be exempt from Rule 3.6.1. If the condition is established by a duly licensed physician other than the team physician, documentation must be provided to, and approved by, the institution’s team physician.  Prior to the start of any game, the primary athletics healthcare provider or designee (e.g., coach) shall present documentation to the game officials and opposing coach which establishes that the player has been granted a medical exception to the re-entry rule.

    When notified by the documented player, a coach, or the primary athletics healthcare provider that the player requires a substitute for medical reasons related to the identified condition, the referee shall stop the game and permit a substitution. Neither the player nor the substitute shall be charged with a substitution. However, if the documented player replaces a player other than the original substitute, that player shall be charged with a substitution. The documented player 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 institution’s primary athletics health care provider.

    This exception may not be used more than one time by an individual student-athlete in a single competition.

    Rationale:  At the request of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP), the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee reviewed the substitution and re-entry rules. CSMAS had concerns the current rules may deter a student-athlete from reporting an injury for fear of not being able to re-enter the game after being cleared by medical personnel. Similar to current Rule 3.6.3.2 (bleeding injury, blood on the uniform or signs of a concussion), this proposal would allow a player who has a permanent medical condition with the potential to produce serious injury or death to be substituted for and re-enter after receiving clearance.

  • 9/18/2017

    As a reminder, referees are required to file the Red Card Form located on the NCAA Soccer Central Hub within 24 hours of the completion of the game. This report form is the process to alert institutions when a red card was given, and allow conferences to track red cards for their member institutions.  

    So far this year only 84% of red cards have been reported. This memo is to remind you to fill out the Red Card Form anytime an ejection is given, to ensure institutions and conferences are able to accurately track suspensions for their student-athletes.  

    Thank you in advance for your compliance in this area.

  • 7/10/2017

    Group Photo
    Rachel Woo presenting
    Ryan Cigich, Rick Eddy, Rich Grady and Mark Kadlecik presenting
  • 6/30/2017

    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 when available.

    New this year, the ArbiterMobile app is now available at no cost to NCAA registered officials. To download the app, please complete this season's PAVO or Non-PAVO officials' registration, and then click below.  Click here to read ArbiterMobile FAQs.

    As a reminder, the NCAA will host two soccer officiating seminars this summer that will provide educational opportunities for officials.  

    Saturday – July 8, 2017
    Indianapolis, IN – NCAA National Office
    8:30am – 4:00pm
    Presenters:  Ken Andres, Ryan Cigich, Rick Eddy, Rich Grady, Rachel Woo

    Saturday – August 5, 2017
    Glendora, CA (Southern California) – Citrus College
    8:30am – 4:00pm
    Presenters:  Ken Andres, Ryan Cigich, Sandy Hunt, Manny Ortiz, Paul Scott

    To register for an officiating seminar, please go to
    https://arbitersports.wufoo.com/forms/ncaa-soccer-summer-officiating-clinic-registration/

    All the best this season!

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

 
 
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