Video Instruction; NCAA Soccer Tiebreaker Procedure

Published on: November 7, 2019

This week’s NISOA YouTube video channel video is courtesy of the Triangle (North Carolina) ISOA Instructional Staff, featuring a voice over from Christopher Penso.

Many of the conferences we service will begin tournament play in the coming days. These games will require a winner, so we’ve put together this short special edition to reinforce the tiebreaking rules specific to the NCAA Rules and Rule 7.1.1. Two sudden-victory overtime periods of 10 minutes each shall be played, with a 2 minute intermission between periods. A coin toss shall be called by the visiting team and identical to the start of the game, the winner of the toss has the choice of ends or kickoff.

  • If the game is still tied after these two periods, kicks from the penalty mark will commence after a 5 minute intermission.
  • Only players who are listed on the game day roster are eligible to participate. Players are not required to be on the field of play at the end of overtime to be eligible for kicks from the mark.
  • The visiting team shall call the coin toss and the winner has the option to kick first or second. The referee shall determine which end shall be used.
  • Each team shall designate 10 different kickers. If the goalkeeper is one of these kickers, the team shall only have 9 field players in the center circle. If the team has 10 kickers in the center circle at the start of kicks, the goalkeeper is no longer an eligible kicker.
  • The officials need NOT know the order of the kickers. After all 10 eligible kickers have kicked, the order CAN be changed.
  • If a player is ejected during the tiebreaking procedure, the opposing team has the OPTION to reduce its list of eligible kickers but is not required to do so.
  • Once the goalkeeper is designated, he or she cannot be replaced unless injured or ejected. If the goalkeeper wishes to return after injury and has been cleared by medical staff, this is permitted. A goalkeeper ejected during the tiebreaking procedure, the team may replace him with any eligible player on the roster.
  • Ejections during the regulation and overtime do not affect the number of players involved in penalty kicks . For Example, if the 2nd overtime period ends 8 vs. 9, both teams will still use 10 kickers.

For offenses committed during the tiebreaking procedure:

  • •The kicker is permitted to use a stutter step or a hesitation move provided there is no stopping and there is continuous movement toward the ball. If the kicker comes to a complete stop, the kick is blown dead prior to the kick if possible, or retaken in the event the kick was not stopped prior, and player shall be cautioned.
  • •If the referee judges (using common sense) the goalkeeper to have moved off the goal line prior the kick being taken and the kick is saved, the kick shall be retaken. Unlike FIFA, this offense is NOT a mandatory caution.

Post match, please ensure that the box score indicates the game finished as a tie and that the tiebreaker results are listed at the bottom of the box score so that it is indicated which team shall advance.

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