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Question Number: 32078

High School 12/5/2017

RE: High School

Richard Duncan of Frostburg, MD USA asks...

My daughters and I were watching the NCAA women's semi-final game between Duke and UCLA. The match went to penalty kicks after regulation and OT. The announcer said that any team member was available to make the PK and in fact one girl who did not play one minute of the game kicked a PK. The rules state that only players on the field at the end of play are allowed to kick a PK. Is college different ? Or has something changed?

Richard Duncan

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Richard
NCAA has it own Rule Book. This is what the NCAA rules state
** # Only players who are listed on the game roster are eligible to participate in the tiebreaker. Please note anyone on the roster may be designated to participate in the tiebreaker. There is no requirement for a designated player to be on the field when the second overtime period ends.
# Each team shall designate 10 players to participate in the tiebreaker. The designated kickers (except for the goalkeeper, if designated) must be in the center circle at the half way line during the procedure.
# There is no requirement for the kicking order to be set nor the referee notified before the taking of kicks. Once all ten kicks are taken, the order of the designated kickers may change.**
So Bullet point 1 last sentence states that there is no requirement for a designated kicker to be on the field of play when the second overtime ends and anyone on the roster may take part in the tiebreaker.
The same applies in NFHS games while we know in FIFA games that only those on the field at the end can participate.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Richard yup they decided to do things differently perhaps to be different but perhaps be fair and offer a player who did not have a chance to participate to have a say in the outcome

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