Video review rule approved for NCAA soccer for 2016 season
Video reviews will be allowed in college soccer starting with the 2016 season.
During its teleconference Monday, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a proposal allowing the use of video review in men’s and women’s soccer for three specific situations, all of which will be at the discretion of the referee and must display indisputable video evidence for the original call be overturned. They are:
- Determine whether a goal has been scored.
- Identify players for disciplinary matters.
- Determine whether a fight occurred and identify all participants.
The new rule is not required. However, if both coaches agree to allow video review before the start of the game, the home team will be responsible for providing the review equipment, and it must be available at the scorekeeper’s table or at another location at field level.
The Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee believes the recommendation will allow the referee to take advantage of technology to ensure the correct call is made on the field in limited, game-critical situations.