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Game Rules

LENGTH OF GAME: An NCAA soccer game is 90 minutes consisting of two equal halves of 45 minutes. The halftime interval is 10 minutes. If at the end of regulation time, the score is tied, the teams will play two extra periods of 15 minutes each.

STARTING THE GAME: The game is started by a kickoff which requires a player to kick the ball into the opponent's half of the field. A goal may not be scored directly from a kickoff. Kickoffs are used to restart the game following a goal or any halftime or overtime interval.

BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY: The ball is designated out of play when the entire ball has crossed outside the entire boundary line. The ball is put back into play by one of the following:

  • A. Corner kick - Put into play by attacking team when ball is last touched by defending team.
  • B. Goal kick - Put into play be defending team when ball is last touched by attacking team.
  • C. Throw-in - Put into play by team that didnot last touch ball.

    METHOD OF SCORING: A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided it has not been intentionally thrown or carried by hand by a player on the attacking team.

    OFFSIDE POSITION: A player is in an offside position if that player is nearer to the opponent's goal line than the ball, unless the player is in her own half of the field or play, or ther are at least two opponents as near to their own goal line as the opposing player.

    WHEN OFFSIDE: A player shall be declared offside and penalized for being in an offside position only if at the moment the ball touches or is played by a teammate, the player is, in the opinion of the referee, interfering with play, or seeking to gain an advantage by being in that position.

    VIOLATIONS AND MISCONDUCTS: A player shall be penalized if she intentionally handles the ball, holds or pushes an opponent, violent or dangerous charging, fouling a goalkeeper or any dangerous play. A player shall be penalized if that player intentionally spits, kicks, strikes, attempts to kick or strike, uses blood or bleeding injuries improperly against an opponent, or jumps at an opponent.

    NUMBER OF PLAYERS: The game is played by two teams of 11 players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper.

    SUBSTITUTIONS: Either team can substitute up to 11 players at a time. Either team may subsitute on a goal kick, corner kick, after a goal has been scored, between periods, when a player has been cautioned, when a player has been ordered off teh field for an equipment change and in the event of an injury.

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