WOMEN'S & MEN'S SOCCER


Coaches Group:

Required Preseason Conference Call Date: Tues. 8/21/18 10am
Required All-Conference Meeting/Call Date: Women=Mon. Oct 29 -10am; Men=Tues. Oct. 30 -10am
Required Off Season Meeting/Call Date: Men=1/8/19 -11am; Women=1/8/19 -1:00pm
Link to: Coaches Group Procedures and Requirements 
Link to: Sport Chair Report Form

Women's Committee Chairperson: Mike Lynch, Belmont Abbey
Men's Committee Chairperson: Eric Alsop, Limestone
Athletic Director Liason: TBA


2018 Championship Dates:

Final date of league regular season play: Saturday Oct. 28 2018
(Per AD Policy: All conference games -including any rescheduled games- must be completed by the Saturday prior to that sport's conference championship.)

MEN - Monday, Oct 29, Thursday, Nov 1, and Saturday, Nov 3
Quarterfinals: 2PM if no lights, 2PM, 4PM or 7PM if lights
Awards Lunch/Dinner: Wed. 7pm if no lights; Thu. 12pm if lights
Semis: 12PM and 2:30PM if no lights, 4PM & 7PM if lights
Finals: 2PM if no lights; 2/4/7PM if lights
Note: If host has lights, they have the option of all listed times (2/13/18)

WOMEN - Tuesday, Oct. 30, Friday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov 4
Quarterfinals: 2PM if no lights, 2PM, 4PM or 7PM if lights
Awards Lunch/Dinner: Thu. 7PM if no lights; Friday 12PM if lights
Semis: 12PM and 2:30PM if no lights, 4PM & 7PM if lights
Finals: 2PM if no lights; 2/4PM if lights
Note: If host has lights, they have the option of all listed times (2/13/18)

All games: Quarterfinals at higher seeds; Semis & Finals at highest remaining seed (one locale). Host should help provide meeting space/rooms to accommodate resting, studying, hanging-out for visiting tournament teams. 

Notes: 1) Per policy during even years, men's soccer will play Monday, Thursday, Saturday championship rounds, while women's soccer will play Tuesday, Friday, Sunday championship rounds. For odd years women's soccer will play Monday, Thursday, Saturday championship rounds, while men's soccer will play Tuesday, Friday, Sunday championship rounds. 2) In 'Final Four' championships being hosted by the top seed, that top seed has the opportunity to select their select game time.  Because the school is hosting a championship on the basis of earning the highest seed, that school can select which of the established semifinal game times that they prefer; the conference office will reach out to potential highest seeds early, at least by beginning of the conference championship, to establish the schedule. 

2018 Coaches All-Conference
M&W Nominations Due:
Wednesday, October 24 -12 noon

Nomination Conference Calls: (allow any discussion or fix any errors of nominations)
Women: Mon. Oct 29 -10am
Men: Tues. Oct. 30 -10am

Ballots Due:
Women: Tue. Oct. 30 -12 noon
Men: Wed. Oct. 31 -12 noon

2019: 
WOMEN - Monday, Thursday, Saturday
MEN - Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

Conference Created Schedules:
Note: Schedules can be changed with AD approval from both institutions. Also for FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAMES (for LAX & soccer, starting 2018-19) teams with 200+ miles of travel, must start game at 4pm or earlier (Exp. a doubleheader would be 1:30&4pm) 5/22/18
2017 & 2018 Approved M&W Schedules  Revised 2/13/18 to move final 2 regular season games from Wed/Sat to now Tues/Fri
2019 & 2020 Approved M&W Schedules (2021 & 2022 not approved as of yet)   (5/21/18)

Method: Eight Team Single Elimination Tournament - seeds, #8 @ #1, #7 @ #2, #6 @ #3, and #5 @ #4. The NCAA tie breaking procedure will be applied to all matches. During even years, men's soccer will play Monday, Thursday, Saturday championship rounds, while women's soccer will play Tuesday, Friday, Sunday championship rounds. For odd years women's soccer will play Monday, Thursday, Saturday championship rounds, while men's soccer will play Tuesday, Friday, Sunday championship rounds.

There will be a conference Regular Season Champion/Co-Champion and tournament seeding will based on overall conference winning percentage.    

In the event of a weather shortened tournament the highest seeded team remaining in the tournament becomes the conference champion receiving the automatic NCAA bid.  When the winning team is not eligible for automatic qualification the runner up team receives the automatic qualification.

  Semi-final pairings: In conference championships (soccer, vb, basketball) where the the host institution is the top seed, they are allowed to determine  when they will
play (1st or 2nd) in the semifinal games (2/3/15). The NCAA tie breaking procedure will be applied to all matches.

Championship
: The NCAA tie breaking procedure will be applied to all matches.

Tie Breaking Procedure: For postseason games which include conference tournaments, play-in games and NCAA tournament games, two sudden-victory overtime periods of 10 minutes each shall be played. If the score is still tied, the game shall be recorded as a draw and the tie breaker procedure of taking penalty kicks shall be used to determine advancement (11/1/04)

Procedure:

  • Teams will be seeded according to regular season finish. Host schools will pay for officials, security and game operation personnel.

 

Seeding: Ties will be broken in the following manner: 1) Head to head results during the regular season for a two way tie; 2) Records against all opponents involved in the tie if more than two teams are involved in the tie; 3) Point System of all conference games which awards six points for a win, three for a tie, one for goal up to three, and one point for a shut out. 4) Goals allowed in all conference games; 5) Goals scored in all conference games; 6) random selection by Commissioner.

* In the situation of three or more teams tying; after determining the highest seeded team, the tie breaking procedure reverts back to the start of the tie breaking procedure to seed the next team. This process continues until all tied teams have been seeded.  

- In effect for the 2015 season: Teams involved in a cancelled contest after travel was started, will be seeded using percentage of wins and loses counting any ties as half a win & half a loss. 
This scenario shows this in practice:

Team A - 4-6-0 =  40% (higher seed because of 12 points)

Team B - 3-5-2 =  40%

Team C - 3-5-1 = 38.8%

Team D - 3-6-0 =  33%

Team E - 3-7-0 =   30%

Regular Season Cancellation Policy: If any expense is incurred (exp. if the bus leaves campus) and the game is not played to completion, the game is not be replayed. If the game is underway and stopped, the game will be considered completed if 70 minutes have been played.

Multiple Sport Policies: Link to League Mutiple Sport Policy

Media Policy Regarding Officials: Link to Conference Media Policy (this is a word document) 

Delay of Game Policy: Link to Conference Delayed Game Policy

Soccer Code of Conduct: Link to Soccer Code of Conduct

Soccer Officials & Game Managers: Link to Required Profanity Reminder

Line-Up Submission Policy: Link to Line-Up Submission Policy

Visiting Team Expectations: Link to Visiting Team Expectations

Admissions Policy: Any sport in which there is an admissions charge, member students with valid ID to be admitted free (except rented facilities off campus). Passed 8-11-04.

Ejection Policy: When a player or team party member is ejected both the team's coach and (if a league opponent) the opposing coach are to notify their Athletic Director upon completion of the contest.  The  Athletic Director will immediately notify the conference office and subsequently complete and submit to the league office the Ejection Report Form found on the web. The conference office will notify each member president immediately when notified of an ejection.

A coach ejected for an "unsporting act" will be cautioned by the institution’s Athletic Director or immediate superior in a form provided by the league. Copies of cautions and suspensions will be provided to the institution’s President, FAR, the Supervisor of Officials and the Commissioner. A second ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next game suspension. A third ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next two games suspension. End of year suspensions will be carried forward to the next year.
Ejected coaches must leave sight of the playing field/floor when ejected. If the ejected coach does not comply in a timely manner, the game is forfeited.

Conference Soccer Policies: (1) Each team must schedule all other league teams once during the season to be eligible for the soccer championship. Matches with teams that are ineligible for the championship, because all conference teams were not scheduled, shall not be counted as official league matches. (2) Each coach will distribute schedules at least one week prior to the beginning of the season to all league schools. (3) Member teams may play each other more than once during the season. However, only the first regular season match between any two teams will count towards conference won-loss records. (4) All conference games must use the three person officiating system. (5) NCAA rules apply to regular season matches which are tied. (6) Suspended matches will follow Rule 10, Section 10 of the NCAA official soccer rules and the (above) conference cancellation policy. League regular season matches suspended after progressing to the 70th minute are considered complete games. (7) The league standings will be determined by awarding three points for a win and one point for a tie. No points will be awarded for a loss. (8) Regular season standings will determine seeding for the conference soccer tournament. Note: Conference matches are a top priority each season, and EVERY EFFORT needs to be made to play every conference match, even if it means that non-conference matches need to be cancelled or rescheduled.  All head coaches are expected to be flexible, cooperative and proactive regarding weather issues, and make every effort to reschedule such matches accordingly (ex: date, site, time) before travel costs are incurred, instead of gambling on poor weather.  (9) League members will not provide game tapes or verbal scouting reports to non-conference opponents. (10) Members agree to admit opponents students, with student ID, without charge (8/11/04).  (11) Conference doubleheader matches require a minimum 2.5 hours between scheduled start times, with a minimum of 20 minutes of active warm up time on the game field prior to the start of competition (in the event of overtime in the 1st match), and coaches are to follow the NCAA pre-game timing sheet procedures. (2/13/18)   (12) Payment of officials and game cancellations: Matches required to be cancelled or postponed with notification to the supervisor of officials minimally 6 hours prior to the scheduled match start time will not require payment of officials.  Matches cancelled or postponed after the 6 hour notification period will require full payment of officials (11/29/07). (13) Use of the Wilson Forte FYbrid II soccer ball is required in regular season and tournament play (2/13/18). (14) Per Wilson contract in which they will provide a banner to each school, each school must post the Wilson banner at all games (regular season & tournament) (5/20/14). (15)The tournament champion will receive six conference league balls (supplied per the Wilson conference contract), while the tournament 'final four/banquet host' (if different) will receive the remaining balls (4/2/15).  (16) Per the NCAA mandated rule book, soccer line-ups will be submitted 30 minutes prior to kickoff which overrides the league 15 minute line-up submission policy for all sports league-wide (2/13/18).           

All Conference Team: Each team through their SID may nominate field players and goaltenders for all-conference consideration. All nominations received by the Service Bureau Director prior to the stated deadline will be returned to league SIDs via ballot. First, second, and third teams will be selected (top 3 vote getters at forward, midfield and defender plus the next highest vote getter among field players and goalkeeper on each team). The ballot will consist of 7 forwards, 7 mid fielders, 7 defenders and 3 goal keepers in rank order, 1-7 for field players and 1-3 for goal keepers. Each team will vote for players in rank order and may not vote for their own players. The ballot will be sent to and received from the member SID. Eleven First Team, 11 Second Team and 11 Third Team (mirroring the All-Region Teams 3/26/07) athletes will be selected.  All-Conference Teams will only include league statistics and be voted upon via email voting ballots (10/30/05).

All sport coaches that nominate & vote All-Conference Teams via email procedure through the league office (as opposed to meeting in person), will be required to attend a conference call following nominations but prior to voting ballots.  Ballots are required to be completed within 24 hours of coaches conference call.

Offensive Player of the Year: Each league member will vote for three players excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winner will be named Offensive Player of the Year. Ties will be broken by greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) 2ed place votes, 3) 3rd place votes. Note: The Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year CAN NOT be nominated for or win both awards.

Defensive Player of the Year: Each league member will vote for three players excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winner will be named Defensive Player of the Year. Ties will be broken by greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) 2ed place votes, 3) 3rd place votes. Note: The Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year CAN NOT be nominated for or win both awards.

Coach of the Year: Each member will vote for three coaches excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winner will be named Coach of the Year. Ties will be broken by greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) 2ed place votes, 3) 3rd place votes.

Freshman of the Year: The top true freshman vote-getter of the league members using the same procedure and time frame as Player of the Year.

All Tournament: Coaches will select the all tournament team as follows: 1st place-MVP + 4 All Tournament, 2ed-3 All Tournament, 3rd & 4th-2 All Tournament (1 each team).

Student Sportsmanship Pledge Form & Link (Reminder to be signed by each student athlete during preseason and filed in schools athletic department)