Video Instruction – Misconduct
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.
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NISOA Official Decision
NISOA Decision: Ejection for Fighting
Rule 18.104.22.168.1. A fight is defined as a deliberate strike or punch or an attempt to strike or punch another player, official, coach or bench personnel. These acts include, but are not limited to, kicking, head-butting, hair pulling or an open-handed strike if done deliberately and in a malicious manner.
NCAA Considerations for Fighting:
- Complete disregard of the danger to the opponent.
- Puts an opponent in a dangerous situation.
- Clearly endangers the safety of the opponent.
- Use of brutality.
- Shows clear malice.
According to Rule 22.214.171.124.4, when a player is ejected for Fighting, the referee shall inform the player, the head coach, and the official scorekeeper, who shall record on the official NCAA box score form, that an ejection for fighting has been issued. In this case, the referee shall notify #11 from Omaha, the head coach from Omaha, and the official scorekeeper of the reason for the ejection.
The ejected player must leave the venue, be out of sight and sound, and is prohibited from any communication or contact, direct or indirect, with the team, coaches and/or bench personnel until the completion of the contest, including all overtime periods. The athletic trainer is the exception to the rule and is permitted to be in the designated spectator area if he/she is ejected. After the ejection, #11 from Omaha cannot remain in the team bench area. He must leave the facility and be out of sight and sound. Game Ops and Security may be used to expedite this process and ensure the rule is enforced.
If available, video review can be used to determined if the head-butt occurred and which player committed the offense (i.e Rule 126.96.36.199 determining whether a fight occurred and identifying all participants).