NCAA Soccer Rules Review; Tiebreaker
by John Puglisi, NISOA National clinician and NISOA local assessor.
Conference playoffs are starting today and the NCAA playoffs are just around the corner. Playoff officials should take a few minutes to review the tiebreaking procedure in Rule 7.1.2. NCAA-specific requirements include:
- Only players who are listed on the game roster are eligible to participate in the tiebreaker. Please note anyone on the roster may be designated to participate in the tiebreaker. There is no requirement for the player to be on the field when the second overtime period ends.
- Each team shall designate 10 players to participate in the tiebreaker. I strongly recommend officials require the team to designate these 10 players before the tiebreaker procedure begins.
- Once the kicks are taken, the order of the designated kickers shall remain the same. Kicks rarely go past the tenth kicker but if they do, officials must ensure the kicking order remains the same.
- If a designated player is ejected during the tiebreaker, the opposing team has the option to reduce their list of designated players to match the number of remaining designated on the offending team or change their kicking order.
- The visiting team calls the coin toss. The winner of the coin toss has the option to kick first or last. The referee will determine which goal is used for the tiebreaker.
- Once the goalkeeper is designated, he or she shall not be replaced unless injured or ejected. Injuries in this case shall be determined by the attending physician and/or a certified trainer. The goalkeeper may return to the tiebreaker if physically able.
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