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NCAA Soccer Fighting Ejection Reporting

The NCAA Soccer Rules now require the referee to report all ejections, fighting referee and assault ejections through the NCAA Soccer Central Hub. The ejection protocol for fighting is available on the NISOA web site. Please be aware that in the case of a fighting or referee assault ejection, the referee must file two reports, the “Red Card Form” and the “Fighting and Referee Assault Form.”

Ejection/Fighting Reports On

The 2012-2013 NCAA Soccer Rules changes require referees to report all ejections and instances of fighting ejections and referee assaults directly to the NCAA via the NCAA Soccer Central Hub at The online forms have been developed and posted. Please note the following procedural changes from prior years: Read the rest of this entry »

NCAA Soccer Rules for Fighting

NCAA Soccer Rule states that, “A player, coach or bench personnel shall be ejected if he or she is guilty of fighting or leaves the coaching area to participate in an altercation.”  Also be aware that Rule states, “A coach or team representative may leave the coaching area during an altercation, providing it is an attempt to restore order.”

In the case where the entire team leaves the coaching area to participate in an altercation, each team member should be shown a red card and ejected for fighting except where Rule allows.

NCAA Soccer Ejection Procedures

Please make sure you follow all required reporting requirements in case of an ejection. Minimum requirements are:

  1. Prepare and file the Supplemental Ejection Report for all NCAA (not junior college) ejections. One report per ejection.
  2. If the game is assigned by ECAC, fill out their online ejection report.
  3. If the ejection is for fighting, fill out this form at to notify the NISOA Region II (New York State) representative of the ejection.
Other conferences and conference assignors will have additional ejection reporting requirements. Make sure you are aware of all applicable ejection reporting requirements.

2009 Intercollegiate Ejections Summary

Dr. Brian Crossman, chairman of the NSCAA Ethics Committee prepared the following summary of intercollegiate soccer ejections during the 2009 season.

  • 1425 ejection reports were processed in 2009. This is an increase of 14 percent from 2008.
  • Male players received 74% of all red cards. Female players received 17% of all red cards. Male coaches received 9% of all red cards with female coaches receiving less than 1% of all red cards.
  • Male players had a 8 percent increase in red cards reported from 200 to 2009 while female players had no change in the number of red cards during that same time period. Male coaches had a 36 percent increase in red cards reported from 200 to 2009 and female coaches increased 56 percent.
  • The number of ejections for fighting decreased 26% from 2008 to 2009. There were 59 fighting ejections in 2009 compared to 80 in 2008. The previous two years were the highest number of fighting ejections recorded since the Ethics Committee began tracking this information.
  • There was a 10 percent decrease for ejections related to foul or abusive language from 200 to 2009. Because of the increase in the total number of ejections, the percent of ejections related to foul or abusive language in relation to the total number of ejections was 15% in 2009 compared to 19% in 2008.

Of special note, 68 institutions received merit awards for sportsmanship and ethical conduct in 2009. The following criteria are used for the ethics awards:

  • The gold award is given to a team which did not receive a single yellow card or red card during the season and post season.
  • The silver award is given to a team which received 1-5 yellow cards and no red cards during the season and post season.
  • The bronze award is given to a team which received 6-10 yellow cards and no red cards during the season and post season.

This was a three percent increase from 2008 and the third straight year of an increase in the number of teams receiving the award. Nine teams received the gold award, 44 received the silver award and 15 teams received the bronze award. 65 of the teams honored were female and three were male.

Violence and Safety in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

We received this email from Nick Cinquanto, Supervisor of Soccer Officials for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Soccer Conference. Local conference teams include Concordia College, Nyack College, and Dominican College. Read the rest of this entry »

NAIA – Conduct in Competition

We received this email from the NAIA via NISOA:

This email is to inform you that the NAIA approved new standards for behavior during all NAIA competition. To address an officials’ role in these standards, we have developed an explanation document and an online ejection reporting system to facilitate the filing of those incidents.

Game official’s communication – This document explains to officials how important their role is to the NAIA and conduct in competition. We are asking every game official to assist the NAIA in its mission to change the culture of sports and ensure a better game through better sportsmanship.

Online ejection report form – The NAIA has set up one central location through NAIAHelp where a game official can fill out the ejection form online. The report will then be forwarded to the appropriate conference commissioner.

We need your help! Please communicate this information to all officials who are involved in NAIA competition. The NAIA has communicated with all NAIA conference commissioners and athletics directors regarding the new standards and the ejection reporting system.

There are few, if any, NAIA institutions in the metropolitan New York area but if you are assigned an NAIA match elsewhere, please conform to their requirements.