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NCAA Announces Changes to Soccer Overtime Rules

by Brian Kunderman

The NCAA has announced a change to overtime rules in men’s and women’s soccer for both the regular season and the postseason, effective for the upcoming 2022 season.

For the regular season, overtime has been eliminated, meaning if a game is tied after the regulation 90 minutes, it will end in a tie. Previously, teams played two 10-minute overtime periods in a sudden-victory (golden goal) format, and if neither team scored, the game ended in a tie.

In conference tournaments and NCAA postseason games, teams will play two 10-minute overtime periods, but the sudden-victory (golden goal) component has been eliminated. Also, when a substitution is made by the winning team in the last five minutes of the second overtime, the game clock will stop. If the game remains tied, a penalty-kick shootout will be held to determine the winner.

The Billikens’ men’s and women’s teams are in the midst of their spring exhibition seasons. The two defending Atlantic 10 Conference Champions begin the 2022 campaign in August.

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