NCAA Soccer Rule 5.6 describes the referee's discretionary power during a game. Several sections of Rule 5.6 are very specific regarding when the referee is required to suspend the game and stop the clock. However, Rule 5.6.1 allows the referee the discretionary power to suspend the game for "...other cause, such action is deemed necessary." There are some instances during the game where the referee should exercise the power to suspend the game and some instances where the referee should refrain from suspending the game. Read the rest of this article »
The NCAA Soccer Central Hub posted the 10 most frequently missed questions from the 2014 NCAA Soccer Rules Test. You can go to the Central Hub or download the summary here. The summary is an excellent opportunity to brush up on the NCAA Soccer Rules and stay sharp for the conference and playoff seasons.
Those officials who particularly excelled in their performance and those coaches who excelled in their sportsmanship this season will be honored at our Annual Chapter Awards Dinner on November 17. We need your participation once again so we can honor these refs and coaches. Please complete the linked ballot and send to Randy Vogt by US Mail or e-mail by November 1. Thank you!
One of the challenges referees face throughout the college soccer season is understanding and applying the NCAA Soccer Rules particularly in areas that differ from other governing bodies like US Soccer or the NFHSAA. NISOA continually emphasizes the importance of understanding intercollegiate soccer match reporting requirements especially where player eligibility issues (a significant source of protests) are involved. Read the rest of this article »
During the chapter meeting last night, we discussed the circumstances and procedures regarding a player who sustained an apparent head injury which required the match to be stopped so the player could receive medical attention. Read the rest of this article »
Jack Sweeney has provided a full description of the NJCAA Soccer Rules differences and Region XV match report. Major soccer rules differences and points of emphasis include:
- Unlimited substitutions;
- A team may substitute on their own throw-ins, own corner kicks or any goal kick;
- If the team in possession does substitute and the opposing team has a substitute waited at half-field, the opposing team may also substitute at that time;
- Substitutes should always be waiting at half-field to enter the game, not in front of their bench area;
- When a player is cautioned, a substitute must report into the game for the cautioned player. The substitute must remain in the game until the next legal substitution opportunity as a minimum. This provision applies to the goalkeeper;
- The clock does not stop during substitutions;
- The clock only stops on goals, injuries (when the referee stops the game), cautions and ejections;
- Overtime is two, 10 minute sudden-death periods.
According to their website, SUNY Ulster (NJCAA, Region XV) has canceled their 2014 men's soccer schedule.