soccer-men-d1 flag

Greg Johnson | NCAA.com | March 6, 2017

Double jeopardy rule in soccer adjusted

  Officials now have option of issuing a yellow card when a player illegally denies a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Monday approved a modification to the double jeopardy portion of the penalty for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

The panel, which met via conference call, supported the new rule that gives the referee discretion to issue a yellow card (caution) when a defender makes a legitimate attempt to play the ball when denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and commits a direct free kick offense in the penalty area. The awarding of a penalty kick remains a part of the rule.

Previously, when a defender committed a foul while denying an obvious scoring opportunity, a penalty kick was awarded and the official issued a red card to immediately eject the player who committed the foul.

Kickoffs and restarts

The panel also approved a new rule that allows the ball to be kicked in any direction on a kickoff.

Previously, NCAA rules stated that the ball must be kicked forward on a kickoff. The change mirrors the rule that is used in international play.

Additionally, the panel approved a rule requiring that the ball must clearly move on any restart.

 

Men's college soccer rankings: Marshall leads preseason Top 25

Marshall is the preseason No. 1 in the DI men's soccer rankings for the United Soccer Coaches. Indiana, who came up short in the final last season, ranks No. 2.
READ MORE

Panel approves extending COVID-19 penalties in men’s and women’s soccer

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Tuesday approved extending a rules change from the 2020 college soccer season that enhanced the penalty for spitting at or biting an opponent.
READ MORE

Soccer Rules Committee clarifies handball interpretation

Rules will align more with international competition
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners