NCAA balks on refs keeping time

A proposal for college refs to keep time as is done under FIFA rules has been tabled by the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee. Timekeepers will continue to run a scoreboard clock with the official time.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel did approve harsher penalties for fielding players who were supposed to be suspended for red cards or yellow-card accumulation.

"If a player, assistant coach or other bench personnel competes in a game from which the participant should have been suspended (red card, yellow-card accumulation), that participant’s suspension will be doubled, and the head coach will serve a suspension double that of the participant. For example, if a player received a red card, which is a one-game suspension, and did not properly serve the punishment, the player would be penalized with a two-game suspension, and the head coach would serve a four-game suspension.

Other approved rule changes:

Allowing bands, musical instruments and artificial noisemakers while the ball is in play.

Adding violent conduct to the list of items for which officials will be allowed to use video review.

12 comments about "NCAA balks on refs keeping time".
  1. R2 Dad, April 27, 2018 at 4:20 p.m.

    This makes no sense. Is there a timekeepers union that fought this?

  2. Mike Lynch replied, April 28, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.

    Actually, coaches weighed in. Reasons- lots of other rules affected that the rules committee had not properly addressed at same time. For example, if clock stops for goals and injuries, then how do we know how much time is left. Normally, this is addressed by stoppage time added on but proposal did not remove or address  these other rules which currently exist. On the periphery too is FIFA’s known interest in changing the timing rules to make the time more transparent, less subjective, and less vulnerable to time wasting tactics. 

  3. Ben Myers, April 27, 2018 at 10:19 p.m.

    Well, gee, we have timekeepers for basketball, hockey and football.  What's the diff with soccer?  This decision to table the matter is indicative of the uphill battle the USSF faces with the NCAA and the 50 little state high school athetic fiefdoms to harmonize rules and procedures and (OMG!) maybe even training.  Whatever the NCAA does, the state associations follow blindly.

  4. Wooden Ships, April 28, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.

    And the farce keeps rolling on. Good job pseudo soccer coaches. Don’t like being called that, tough.

  5. beautiful game, April 28, 2018 at 11:19 a.m.

    NCAA remains in the "twilight zone" and will go to no ends to protect its's a click that rejects any interference.

  6. s fatschel, April 29, 2018 at 8:46 a.m.

    That's because it needs to keep student athlete at the forefront and is non-revenue. Still a great option for 99.9 percent of high school grads to extend soccer career.

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, April 29, 2018 at 4:14 p.m.

    That is a poor excuse. As if Olympian champions didn't use to be all amateur athletes. Furthermore there isn't enough college soccer to absorb 99.9 percent of high school grads. The top 5% of high school athletes become college athletes. 

  8. s fatschel replied, April 29, 2018 at 9:13 p.m.

    Regarding the math 100,000 high school soccer seniors and less than 100 MLS drafted each year.  However you prefer to do the math college soccer is still the best choice and no other country offers it. You may not like substitution rules, shortened season, max hours per week...then join USL and go to night school.

  9. Bob Ashpole replied, April 30, 2018 at 11:37 p.m.

    I don't know about the whole country, but in the DC Metro area there was a lot of amateur alternatives to college soccer, both a USSF affiliated premier league in Northern Virginia and the unaffiliated International League in DC. The level of play in both were at least as good as college soccer. And that is probably as many teams and spots as available on college teams in the area. Granted those are men's leagues. I am not familiar with what is available for amateur women. While I don't know for myself, my understanding is that there are good adult ethnic leagues in other areas of the country as well. In my experience the best amateur players and teams are surprisingly good. As far as college soccer's player development value, it is pretty good for a freshmen playing against upperclassmen, but there is good reason that players turn pro after their freshman year. It is a better development opportunity for women than men, but mostly because of a relative lack of other opportunities for women.  

  10. Randy Vogt, April 29, 2018 at 3:36 p.m.

    NCAA soccer rules are updated every two years, unless something important needs to be adjusted. Such as a major change in the Laws and generally the NCAA follows suit. The NCAA rules are due to be updated in 2018. So if official time remains on the scoreboard, which I am not in favor of and believe the great majority of college coaches and refs are in agreement with me, then the next possible change would be 2020.

  11. Goal Goal, April 29, 2018 at 8:25 p.m.

    The main interest of the NCAA is control.  They have no interest in the history of the game nor the traditions and how their decisions make them look stupid.

  12. Ronnie L, June 23, 2018 at 12:22 a.m.

    Pathetic. What is ridiculous about those old heads is that they do not care that soccer fans in general can't take College Soccer seriously because of their stupid rules. If they make the games actual soccer games the sport at the college level will benefit grately. I'm one of the millions of soccer fans who just can't watch these pathetic rules. I really don't sometimes consider it soccer. It's like a different game with a lot of soccer rules.

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