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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10 Responses to “Video Instruction – Misconduct”

    • Red Card ejection for fighting makes sense. If you only award a Yellow, methinks someone is going to get a leg broke or worse from retaliation. In this case, the NCAA Rule Book prevails.

    • Common sense should tell you as a referee to apply the laws of the game as they are written… That is why we have these trainings – so that we are all on the same page applying the laws consistently as referees and not applying them based on our “referee experience” or “common sense”…

    • This is one of those flash-points where a game can go from fair + competitive to an escalating series of retaliations. The player clearly lunged forward with his head in order to make contact with the opponent, there’s no room for that in soccer, 100% red (and using the guidelines, for Fighting rather than Violent Behavior.

    • Zinedine Zedane ejected with a RED card for a violent head bunt…a violent conduct is a violent conduct. Common sense is to give the red for a violent conduct.

    • There is a lot in this clip that is bothersome. First, the position of the referee – is he close to play to see and hear? Second, is the referee pointing the correction direction. Third, was there taunting and who started it. There was an attempt to strike the blue player – by NCAA mandate that equals fighting so there’s got to be a R/C. What to do with the blue player. Did he also commit misconduct?

  1. I feel like that was violent. He was pissed that the guy tackled him and won. (Clean tackle)
    He threw a temper tantrum. That feels more violent than fighting but I hear you.

    • Yes, however NCAA rules clearly state “head-butting” as one of the examples for fighting, so it has to be “fighting”.

  2. Excellent choice of video clip to clearly reinforce Rule #11 will have plenty of time to think about that 5 second lapse of self-control.

  3. Good video showing a perfect example of a deliberate head-butt.
    If you just follow the rules, you and your crew, as well as those that come in behind you will have an easier job!