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NCAA Soccer Rule 6; Timing Sheets

A very diligent chapter member asked me last night about the requirement for teams to warm up in front of their bench prior to the match. The member went on to say that he’d read the entire rules book and the only place this requirement was mentioned was in the Recommended Timing Sheets embedded in Rule 6. There was clearly some confusion about what “Recommended” meant in that context, as in whether the timing sheets were required like a rule or a general guideline that could be followed or not followed based on the governing sports authority’s guidance.

In the case of the Recommended Timing Sheets, the activities indicated are required as a rule. Unless the NCAA Soccer Rules do not otherwise specify when the activity takes place, the timing of the activity is recommended. Rule 6.3.4 indicates game rosters are exchanged 30 minutes before kickoff and teams clear the field with the captains and officials meeting for the coin toss 10 minutes before kickoff. The timing of these activities is a rules requirement and can not be modified.

The 2014-2015 NCAA Soccer Rules first indicated the requirement that teams are to warm up in front of their bench on the Recommended Timing Sheets. The 2016-2017 NCAA Soccer Rules additionally indicate when the halftime interval must begin on the Recommended Timing Sheets (immediately when the first half ends). In summary, as you review the  Recommended Timing Sheets, consider the activities and the times indicated to be requirements just like any other rule.

2017 Annual Mandatory Rules Meeting

August 26, 2017
9:00 amto12:00 pm

The meeting will start at 9:00 AM at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, NY. The NISOA Fitness Test will not be held at this clinic. Meeting room details to follow.

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2016 NCAA Soccer Rules Refresher Test

Yesterday, NISOA sent an email to the membership about the availability of the NCAA Soccer Rules Test on the NISOA Arbiter Central Hub. Here are some important points about the email: Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Mandatory Annual Rules Clinic

August 27, 2016
9:00 amto12:00 pm

The meeting will start at 9:00 AM in David G. Salten Hall, room 1 at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY. The NISOA Fitness Test will not be held at this clinic. Please be aware the NCAA is publishing new soccer rules for the 2016 season.

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NCAA Soccer Rules; 6.4.3 Scorekeeper

Many scorekeepers exclusively use a computer generated scoresheet to record the events of the game. In some cases, the scorekeeper does not print out a scoresheet for the officiating crew to review and sign. So what action should the officiating crew take in this case? Read the rest of this entry »

2015 NJCAA Soccer Rules of Competition

Jack Sweeney, the assignor for NJCAA Region XV, has provided a summary of the NJCAA rules of competition which differ from the NCAA Soccer Rules for the 2015 soccer season. Please notice player management for cautions and clock management differences.

The match report to be used for NJCAA Region XV games is also available here.

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 entry »