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PROP refers video review proposal back to soccer rules committee

Panel approves some use of artificial noisemakers

Video reviews in college soccer will have to wait for more details.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel during its teleconference last week referred a rules proposal allowing the use of video review in soccer back to the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee.

The panel requested more information on specifics, such as where the video review would take place and if there would be a time limit on the review, since the clock rarely stops in soccer.

The video review proposal focuses on three specific situations, all of which would be at the discretion of the referee and must display indisputable video evidence. They are:

  • Determine whether a goal has been scored.
  • Identify players for disciplinary matters.
  • Determine whether a fight occurred and identify all participants.

The Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee believes the recommendation would permit the referee to ensure the correct call is made in those limited, game-critical situations.

Artificial noisemakers allowed

The panel approved the use of artificial noisemakers during men’s and women’s soccer games as long as they do not interfere with the administration of the game’s rules.

However, electronic amplifiers, bull horns, air horns and whistles will not be permitted. School bands and amplified music will continue to be allowed only during pregame, period intervals and anytime the clock is stopped and the ball is not in play.

The committee proposed the rule to enhance game atmosphere so that it is consistent with the sport throughout the world, encourage student involvement and potentially increase attendance.

Experimental re-entry rule fails

The panel did not approve an experimental rule that would have permitted conferences to limit substitutions to no re-entry in the second half, which is consistent with all other periods of play in NCAA men’s and women’s soccer.

Players are currently allowed to re-enter a match after being substituted for in the second half. Some panel members had questions about whether the experiment could have a negative impact on student-athlete participation.