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NCAA Soccer rules committee backs changes to align with IFAB

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee recommended proposals that would align collegiate soccer more closely with international rules.

The committee, which met via teleconference last week, supported modifications for protocols for goalkeepers during penalty kicks and where attacking players can stand when the defending team has a wall of three or more players during free kicks.

All rules proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss soccer recommendations April 20.

On penalty kicks, goalkeepers would be required to have at least part of one foot on or in line with the goal line when the kick is taken. Also, goalkeepers could not be touching the goal posts, crossbar or the net before the kick is taken. more.

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