2014 NCAA Soccer Rules; Modified Postseason Tiebreaker Procedure

The 2014-2015 NCAA Soccer Rules include modifications to several aspects of the postseason tiebreaker procedure. Playoff officials should take a few minutes to review the tiebreaking procedure in Rule 7.1.1. NCAA-specific requirements (modifications are in bold) include: Read the rest of this article »

NCAA Soccer Rules; Duration of the Game

The end of October brings earlier sunsets and potentially inclement weather. Games played late in the season may have significant playoff implications and others will have none. One aspect of intercollegiate soccer which must remain the same throughout the season is covered in NCAA Soccer Rule 7.1 which states, "The duration of the game shall be two periods of 45 minutes." This rule may not be altered in any way. The durations of each half and the overtime periods shall not be changed.

Allowable modifications to the duration of the game are limited to shortening halftime and/or other period intervals by mutual consent of the teams (Rule 7.2). Games that reach the 70th minute and can not be continued because of elements or other reasons are considered "suspended" if play is not resumed the same day.

NCAA Soccer – Clock Management

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 »

Midseason NCAA Soccer Rules Review

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.

2014 Chapter and Sportsmanship Awards

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!

NCAA Soccer Rule 12.13; Assault on a Referee

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 »

NCAA Soccer Rule 5.6.7; Injury and Signs of Concussion

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 »

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