NCAA SOCCER RULES CHANGES 2014 AND 2015 By Ken Andres NCAA Soccer Secretary Rules Editor FIELD DIMENSIONS RULE 1.1.1 • Team not required to play on noncompliant field size. • Teams may agree to play by mutual consent. • Team that agrees to play waives right to protest non-conforming field. • PENALTY—Game shall not begin. OTHER FIELD MARKINGS RULES 1.7 AND 1.8 • If it cannot be corrected before kickoff, game SHALL begin: • Corner Area, Hash Mark. • Corner Flags. • Goal post and crossbar same width as goal line. Continued… OTHER FIELD MARKINGS RULES 1.7 AND 1.8 • If it cannot be corrected before kickoff, game SHALL begin: • Align back edge of goal post with outermost edge of end line. • File report with Governing Sports Authority. OTHER FIELD MARKINGS RULES 1.6 AND 1.9.1 • If it cannot be corrected before kickoff, game shall NOT begin: • Penalty Area. • Goals. • File report with Governing Sports Authority. The Ball Rule 2.2 • No restriction on color of ball. LAST 5 MINUTES OF SECOND PERIOD ONLY RULE 3.6.2 • ANYTIME the leading team substitutes, the clock must be stopped. There are no other contingencies. PLAYERS’ UNIFORMS RULE 4.1.1 • Institution’s name, nickname or mascot permissible on front and or back of uniform. • Player’s name on back of jersey. PLAYERS’ UNIFORMS RULE 4.2 AND 4.3 • Both teams may wear shorts of a similar color. • Numerals are required on the front and back of the jersey. TECHNOLOGY RULES 4.5.6; 12.14.1 AND 12.14.2 • Monitoring Devices – Rule 4.5.6: • Devices which monitor physiological data and performance may be worn. • Data may be used during game. Continued… TECHNOLOGY RULES 4.5.6; 12.14.1 AND 12.14.2 • Coaching Restrictions – Rules 12.14.1 and 12.14.2: • Electronic communication between coaches is allowed. Coaches: ─Must be listed on roster. ─Must be on site. OFFICIAL’S JURISDICTION RULES 5.4.1, 184.108.40.206 AND 7.3 • Begins upon arrival at field – Rule 5.4.1. • Arrive minimum 30 minutes before kickoff – Rule 220.127.116.11. • Game ends when referees/teams leave site of competition – Rule 7.3. RULES OF CONDUCT RULE 5.4.6 • Rules cannot be altered by referee or by coaches’ consent: • Game times. • Substitutions. • Overtime procedures. REFEREE’S POSTGAME DUTIES RULE 5.5.2 • Review box score for completeness and accuracy of information: • Sign it. • If electronic version, verify it. • File red card report within 24 hours. • www.NCAAsoccer.arbitersports.com . DISCRETIONARY POWER A.R. 5.6 • The referee may allow for stoppages due to extreme heat and humidity. PEP BANDS A.R. 5.6.9 • Permissible during pregame, period intervals and anytime the clock is stopped and ball not in play. TIMING DEVICE MALFUNCTION RULE 18.104.22.168 • When: ─Malfunction with official timing device. ─No electronically controlled scoreboard clock visible to both benches and spectators. • Referee on field becomes timekeeper. • Common practice update – not new! RECOMMENDED TIMING SHEETS PAGE 31 • Teams may begin warm up on field in front of their bench 60 minutes before starting time. Continued… RECOMMENDED TIMING SHEETS PAGE 31 • Halftime is 15 minutes: • May be reduced by mutual consent of coaches and officials – Rule 7.2. • May be extended in postseason competition by the games committee. TIMEKEEPER RULES 6.3.8 AND 6.3.9 • Call out audibly using PA system or to nearest official: ─Last seconds – from 10 to zero. • Expiration of time is moment timekeeper’s signal begins regardless of position of ball. • If no horn sounds, period ends when clock reaches zero. TIEBREAKER KICKS RULE 22.214.171.124 • After all eligible kickers have kicked once, the order of designated kickers may be changed. RELOCATED TEXT – INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY, EXPIRATION OF TIME RULE 10.11 NOW RULE 7.6 • A temporarily suspended game cannot restart more than 3 hours after original start time: ─Unless coaches agree to play. ─Unless Governing Sports Authority agrees to play. SERIOUS FOUL PLAY RULE 12.3.1 • Must be: • Against an opponent. • Between players competing for the ball. • Committed on the field of play. • A direct free kick foul. VIOLENT BEHAVIOR RULE 12.3.2 • Violent behavior: • May be against anyone not competing for the ball. • May be on or off the field of play. • Ball may be in or out of play. COACH SERVING SUSPENSION RULE 12.11.1 • Permitted to participate in pregame activities until kickoff. • Then restricted to spectator area. Continued… COACH SERVING SUSPENSION RULE 12.11.1 • Prohibited from communication/contact, direct or indirect, with team, coaches, bench personnel. ──From beginning of contest to completion, including OT and tiebreakers. ENHANCED SUSPENSION RULE 12.12.1 • Each successive red card results in an additional game suspension. Continued… ENHANCED SUSPENSION RULE 12.12.1 • Fighting red results in added suspension: • Second red is 2-game suspension; third red is 3-game suspension. • Fighting red follows straight red – total 3-game suspension. COACHING FROM TOUCH LINE RULE 12.14.3 • Coaching from touch line restricted to coaching/team area. • Warning no longer required. • Warn/caution/eject as appropriate. PENALTY KICKER RULE 14.2 • Kicker identified by referee handing him/her ball. PENALTY KICK INFRINGEMENT BY OFFENSE A.R. 14.3.2 • If goal scored, re-kick. • If ball goes directly out of play over end line untouched. ─Goal kick awarded. Continued… PENALTY KICK INFRINGEMENT BY OFFENSE A.R. 14.3.2 • If goal not scored and ball rebounds into or out of play. ─Indirect free kick awarded against offending team. QUESTIONS?