Gmtm Logo
SIGN UP
Gmtm Logo

What the New Handball and Offside Rules Mean for College Soccer

ByCoby Seaver

2 min read

What the New Handball and Offside Rules Mean for College Soccer

This summer, the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee decided to revamp the interpretations made by officials for both handball and offside situations.

As of recent, handballs in college soccer were stricter since they were called when contact was accidental in most circumstances. With this summer’s adjustments, ball-to-hand contact does not mean a violation will be called. Officials can judge accidental contact by observing factors such as where on the arm the ball hit, if the arm was placed in a natural body position, and if the handball impacted a goal-scoring opportunity.

Offside calls will be altered as well. Officials will no longer factor in the hands and arms of players when judging for an offside.

These alterations will improve the flow of the game since handballs that players have no control over dodging will not be called and strikers will have more options to make attacking runs without the worry of where their arms are positioned.

Improving the game flow of soccer is not something just the NCAA is focusing on. In fact, it is correct to assume that the NCAA is making these changes to follow what UEFA’s interpretations (and European soccer in general) seem to be trending toward. This was seen at EURO 2020 this summer when chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti announced prior to the tournament that new rules for both handballs and offsides should provide more freedom to players. Looking back at EURO 2020, the shift was a success. Rosetti gave a huge praise to the referees involved, emphasizing their high level of accuracy and professionalism. Ahmet Guvener, former head of refereeing for the Turkish FA, commented that the refereeing at EURO 2020 was some of the best he has seen in several years.

The shift in officiating is a promising sign for the game. In the latest seasons where VAR has been implemented in numerous leagues (i.e., Premier League), it seems as if offside calls are decided by whether a player forgot to trim their fingernails before the match because the offside calls were that narrow. For handballs, the defenders might be better off detaching their arms prior to stepping on the pitch due to the strictness of recent handball calls.

Source: bbc.com

Even though the NCAA does not have access to VAR, it will be great to see more free flowing matches this upcoming season that will keep the players satisfied, and the fans more engaged.

Are you an Athlete?

Create a free profile to access the largest network specifically designed to connect athletes to opportunities. Get started.

RELATED ARTICLES
World Cup 2022: How social issues have taken global attention off the pitch in Qatar

World Cup 2022: How social issues have taken global attention off the pitch in Qatar

Qatar has taken center stage in the sports world in recent weeks as it welcomed soccer fans for the...

ByScotty Jenkins | Mon Dec 19 2022
Why The Transfer Portal Is So Important For College Basketball Coaches

Why The Transfer Portal Is So Important For College Basketball Coaches

2019 was a transformative year in NCAA athletics. The NCAA Transfer Portal, a database which allows...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Sun Dec 11 2022
How similar is the NCAA Transfer Portal to free agency in professional sports?

How similar is the NCAA Transfer Portal to free agency in professional sports?

The NCAA Transfer Portal is a great platform that is beneficial to student-athletes. It allows...

ByScotty Jenkins | Fri Dec 02 2022
College Soccer: What is the difference between NCAA Division-I & NAIA?

College Soccer: What is the difference between NCAA Division-I & NAIA?

Many soccer athletes across the United States aspire to play their sport at the college level, and...

ByScotty Jenkins | Sat Nov 26 2022
What is a 'Draw'? And Why Ties Still Exist in the World's Most Popular Sport

What is a 'Draw'? And Why Ties Still Exist in the World's Most Popular Sport

When it comes to the growing popularity of soccer in the United States, perhaps one of the...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Nov 23 2022
Which College Sports Mascots Are The Most Polarizing?

Which College Sports Mascots Are The Most Polarizing?

They’re one of the most crucial aspects to a college sports viewing experience. The players?...

ByAndrew Pistone | Mon Nov 21 2022
Soccer Coaching: The four most popular formations and why they work

Soccer Coaching: The four most popular formations and why they work

In soccer, formations define the different positions on the field taken by each player of a...

ByScotty Jenkins | Fri Nov 18 2022
Four Of The Most Important Skills Every Soccer Goalkeeper Has To Develop

Four Of The Most Important Skills Every Soccer Goalkeeper Has To Develop

Goalkeepers are really the only ones on the field who you can't compete without. Don't have a...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Nov 16 2022
Important Beach Volleyball Terminology to Know Before You Watch

Important Beach Volleyball Terminology to Know Before You Watch

Beach volleyball [gmtm.com/articles/tag/beach-volleyball] is a fun and exciting sport for the...

ByScotty Jenkins | Fri Nov 04 2022
What are College Football’s New Overtime Rules?

What are College Football’s New Overtime Rules?

In the 21st century, major sports have had to walk an interesting tightrope. They’ve had to balance...

ByAndrew Pistone | Mon Oct 24 2022
Transfer Portal: Does Every Athlete Who Transfers Find A New College To Play For?

Transfer Portal: Does Every Athlete Who Transfers Find A New College To Play For?

On the 15th of October, 2018 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) introduced a...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Oct 19 2022
How To Run Faster: Five Best Strength Training Workouts For Track Athletes

How To Run Faster: Five Best Strength Training Workouts For Track Athletes

In order to be successful in track, athletes should devote a considerable amount of time to lifting...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Oct 05 2022
College Football's "Dead Money": Why Fired Coaches Keep Getting Paid

College Football's "Dead Money": Why Fired Coaches Keep Getting Paid

We’re at the point in the college football calendar where teams are assessing whether they’d like...

ByAndrew Pistone | Wed Sep 28 2022
Soccer Recruiting: What College Coaches Look For In High School Recruits

Soccer Recruiting: What College Coaches Look For In High School Recruits

Realistically, soccer coaches and managers look out for different things in soccer players during...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Sep 28 2022
College Football: Five Stars Who Could Have Benefitted Most from NIL Ruling

College Football: Five Stars Who Could Have Benefitted Most from NIL Ruling

The NCAA's Division I Board of Directors announced a new...

ByBryan Armetta | Sat Sep 24 2022
College Sports: How To Pick The Right School To Attend

College Sports: How To Pick The Right School To Attend

Picking the right college can be a tough task for any high school senior, but it can be a unique...

ByAlexis Peltzer-Harding | Fri Sep 23 2022
How Recruits Can Ask A School For More Athletic Scholarship Money

How Recruits Can Ask A School For More Athletic Scholarship Money

Athletes and parents often ask for college scholarship money during the athletic recruiting...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Sep 21 2022
Is playing College Soccer the best route to making the MLS?

Is playing College Soccer the best route to making the MLS?

Earlier this month, we witnessed the 2021 Major League...

ByJohnathan Wright | Sat Sep 17 2022
College Football: Why Head Coach Salaries At Top Schools Keep Going Up

College Football: Why Head Coach Salaries At Top Schools Keep Going Up

What does one normally associate with the position of college football head coach? Leaders of men....

ByBryan Armetta | Sun Sep 04 2022
5 Tips To Help Get Recruited To Play College Soccer

5 Tips To Help Get Recruited To Play College Soccer

The college soccer recruiting process can be extremely competitive, and unfortunately, it does not...

ByJohnathan Wright | Mon Aug 29 2022
Five Benefits Of Playing Sports At A Division-III College

Five Benefits Of Playing Sports At A Division-III College

With limited exposure to most casual sports fans and stadiums that are smaller than some Texas high...

ByScotty Jenkins | Thu Aug 25 2022
A Few Reasons Why Americans Are So Obsessed With College Sports

A Few Reasons Why Americans Are So Obsessed With College Sports

Of all the interesting traditions Americans have, few are more difficult for a foreign audience to...

ByScotty Jenkins | Tue Aug 23 2022
Can Group NIL Deals Help Create Earning Potential Balance?

Can Group NIL Deals Help Create Earning Potential Balance?

The landmark decision to allow student athletes in college to profit off of their name, image and...

ByAndrew Pistone | Mon Aug 22 2022
Does Having a Top Recruiting Class Promise Success?

Does Having a Top Recruiting Class Promise Success?

Although the success of a football program is built on wins and losses, recruiting has never played...

ByBryan Armetta | Sat Aug 20 2022
Step-By-Step Guide to the College Sports Recruiting Process

Step-By-Step Guide to the College Sports Recruiting Process

Young athletes all over the world dream of playing their sport at the college level....

ByScotty Jenkins | Thu Aug 18 2022
NCAA Eligibility Center: Five Things Every High School Athlete Should Know

NCAA Eligibility Center: Five Things Every High School Athlete Should Know

First things first, here's a couple vocabulary lessons The NCAA Clearinghouse is a not-for-profit...

ByScotty Jenkins | Thu Aug 18 2022
Every College Tennis Rule That Is Different Than The Pros

Every College Tennis Rule That Is Different Than The Pros

College tennis is a unique and great experience for both athletes as well as fans. For those high...

ByCoby Seaver | Wed Aug 17 2022
How College Athletics Work At A Liberal Arts School

How College Athletics Work At A Liberal Arts School

Athletes have unique abilities that go well beyond the classroom and their respective playing...

ByScotty Jenkins | Tue Aug 16 2022
Four Ways College Basketball Coaches Will Show Interest In Recruits

Four Ways College Basketball Coaches Will Show Interest In Recruits

Postcards from sunny, resort locations such as the Bahamas or Hawaii. Pictures of the team smiling...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Sun Aug 14 2022
Division-II Sports: How do D2 athletics compare to NCAA Division-I?

Division-II Sports: How do D2 athletics compare to NCAA Division-I?

NCAA Division-II sports are at the intermediate level of competition in the National Collegiate...

ByScotty Jenkins | Thu Aug 11 2022
Baseball Recruiting: Big Leaguers Who Played Multiple Sports In College

Baseball Recruiting: Big Leaguers Who Played Multiple Sports In College

Throughout the history of America’s Pastime, there have been several notable multisport baseball...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Aug 10 2022
College Soccer: Explaining how the best collegiate players turn professional

College Soccer: Explaining how the best collegiate players turn professional

For soccer players who want to play professionally, the path differs greatly from other major...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Aug 03 2022
How Lacrosse Has Continued To Grow In Popularity Across America

How Lacrosse Has Continued To Grow In Popularity Across America

Lacrosse is frequently referred to as “the fastest sport on two feet” and its growth over the last...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Aug 03 2022
Differences Between the NAIA to the NCAA

Differences Between the NAIA to the NCAA

Everyone is familiar with the NCAA and its 3 subsequent divisions as where the top collegiate...

ByAria Modirmassihai | Wed Jul 27 2022
College Wrestling: NCAA Innovations That Every Wrestler Should Be Paying Attention To

College Wrestling: NCAA Innovations That Every Wrestler Should Be Paying Attention To

As one of the world’s oldest sports and centerpiece of the Olympics, wrestling is rooted in deep...

ByScotty Jenkins | Mon Jul 25 2022
College Basketball Scholarships: Four Unknown Truths Every Recruit Should Know

College Basketball Scholarships: Four Unknown Truths Every Recruit Should Know

For many people in the basketball community, a college basketball scholarship is held in the...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Wed Jul 20 2022
Is It Possible To Play Two Sports In College?

Is It Possible To Play Two Sports In College?

If you are passionate about two sports it can be heart breaking to decide which one to pursue in...

ByLily Ford | Wed Jul 20 2022
Soccer Coaching: What is each position in soccer responsible for?

Soccer Coaching: What is each position in soccer responsible for?

A proper soccer team will function at an optimal level when players in the team's setup understand...

ByScotty Jenkins | Sat Jul 16 2022
Volleyball: Four Steps For Defensive Player To Improve Your Digging

Volleyball: Four Steps For Defensive Player To Improve Your Digging

Whether you live to hit the floor or find you find yourself feeling uneasy as a big hitter on the...

ByRebekah Morris | Sat Jul 16 2022
NCAA Eligibility: Steps To Help High School Athletes Meet Every Requirement

NCAA Eligibility: Steps To Help High School Athletes Meet Every Requirement

A common question users have for us at GMTM is "How do I make sure I am eligible to be a college...

ByScotty Jenkins | Tue Jul 05 2022
Field Hockey: What Is It And How To Start Playing

Field Hockey: What Is It And How To Start Playing

Field Hockey is a sport that combines ice hockey with soccer to create an exciting and intense...

ByScotty Jenkins | Sun Jun 26 2022
College Basketball: Why Experience Still Matters For Division-I Teams

College Basketball: Why Experience Still Matters For Division-I Teams

College basketball's history is filled with teams that had to overcome adversity on the road to a...

ByBryan Armetta | Mon Jun 13 2022
College Football: Five Best Non-Conference Games Of 2022

College Football: Five Best Non-Conference Games Of 2022

The end of the college football season is a bittersweet time for fans across the nation. Despite an...

ByBryan Armetta | Sun May 15 2022
How Would Video Review Work In College Softball?

How Would Video Review Work In College Softball?

“Whatever it takes to get the call right”. That’s usually the initial sentiment about video replay...

ByAndrew Pistone | Wed May 04 2022
How to Perform a Free Kick  Like The Pros: Step By Step Guide

How to Perform a Free Kick Like The Pros: Step By Step Guide

Scoring a free kick or utilizing it effectively can be the deciding factor in who wins a match. So...

ByScotty Jenkins | Tue Apr 19 2022
Men's College Basketball: Five Stars Who Could Have Benefitted Most From NIL Ruling

Men's College Basketball: Five Stars Who Could Have Benefitted Most From NIL Ruling

In the aftermath of a July ruling by the NCAA allowing for athletes to profit off of their name,...

ByBryan Armetta | Sun Apr 17 2022
America's soccer stars don't play in college. Is the NCAA to blame?

America's soccer stars don't play in college. Is the NCAA to blame?

It’s no secret that the way the US treats the development of its athletes is significantly...

ByAria Modirmassihai | Fri Apr 15 2022
Want To Be A Division-I Athlete? Here Are Three Sports With The Most Opportunities

Want To Be A Division-I Athlete? Here Are Three Sports With The Most Opportunities

It’s not as easy as some people think to move from high school sports to the D1 level of college...

ByScotty Jenkins | Thu Mar 24 2022
Are there Different Positions In College Beach Volleyball?

Are there Different Positions In College Beach Volleyball?

Beach volleyball is an enjoyable sport that offers amazing experiences for newbies and refreshing...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Mar 23 2022
Why Men's College Basketball Games Have Two Halves, Not Four Quarters

Why Men's College Basketball Games Have Two Halves, Not Four Quarters

The game of basketball was created in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith. In his original rule book, he...

ByScotty Jenkins | Tue Mar 22 2022