The NCAA Rule 5.4.3 on Referee Jurisdiction states that when the referee observes a foul that is not to be penalized, the referee shall call out the words “play on” and signal accordingly to indicate that the foul has been acknowledged. However, if the advantage does not materialize, the referee shall then blow the whistle […]
A lot of time has been spent with the video instructional series on differentiating challenges. In no place is it more important for the referee to possess the ability to decipher the fair from the unfair than it is in the penalty area. It is vital that the referee be positioned with the optimal line […]
In this clip, you will notice the need to be ready and focused from the opening whistle! You will also see the need to draw the line in the sand and have an overall feel for the game. Here are some considerations to determine the severity of the offense and guide you to making the […]
The NCAA Soccer Rules indicate fighting as a separate ejection offense with a different set of administrative penalties. Our recent instructional video presentation on ejection offenses provides comprehensive background on how to discern between misconduct offenses. We strongly suggest you review the presentation before viewing this clip to help you make the correct decision. (more…)
NCAA Soccer Rule 11.3.3 states that a player shall not be declared offside if the player receives the ball from a deliberate play from a defender. Rule 126.96.36.199 states that a “deliberate act is one in which a player chooses to act, regardless of the outcome of that action. This deliberate act is neither a […]
Critical match incidents include allowing/disallowing a goal, penalty and red card decisions. Teamwork between all members of the officiating crew is required to make the correct decision for these critical match incidents. In this video, several members of the officiating crew need to be involved to get this match critical decision correct. (more…)
Free kicks near the attacking penalty area can lead to, or actually be, a goal scoring opportunity. Referees must be alert to ensure the free kicks are taken fairly while minimally interfering with the taking of the free kick. In the case below, the free kick is taken during overtime resulting in a game winning […]
Mental and physical preparation are essential in all college soccer matches but championship matches in front of a national (and sometimes international) audience challenge the referee team to be at their very best. In this case, a critical match incident occurs in the 84th minute of a scoreless game. The referee in this match is Tori […]
The importance of understanding the different types of fouls that occur is essential in college soccer. The officiating team needs to be able to discern between incidents that are fouls and those that include misconduct.
Offside decisions can lead to critical match incidents such as allowing or disallowing a goal. The officiating team must work together to get these decisions correct.