NCAA Soccer Rules; Regular Season Overtime
by John Puglisi, NISOA National clinician and NISOA local assessor.
Recent feedback from the national level indicates some officials are not administrating the overtime rule (Rule 7.1.1) properly for games tied after the regulation 90 minutes. The rule states that two sudden-victory overtime periods of 10 minutes each shall be played.
Please note the following aspects of this rule:
- The length and number of the overtime periods shall not be altered.
- Overtime MUST be played.
- The game is over when a legal goal is scored.
In several instances, coaches have asked the referee crew to shorten or eliminate overtime periods and the referee crew allowed it. Coaches may not alter this rule even if both agree to it before the match.
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