is a term used to describe soccer
that is played by teams
operated by colleges
as opposed to a professional league
operated for exclusively financial purposes. It is probably most widespread in the United States
, but is also important in South Korea
In the United States, college soccer is divided into three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Divisions, as well as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Many top American college soccer players play for separate teams in the Premier Development League (PDL) during the summer although one college club, the BYU Cougars, have foregone playing in the NCAA or NAIA and instead play all of their games in the PDL.
College soccer has slightly different rules than many other soccer leagues. It allows for unlimited substitutions and, if a match is tied after regulation, two 10-minute golden goal overtimes follow. If neither team scores, the match ends in a draw. College soccer also does not have stoppage or injury time. The referee signals to a timekeeper for the clock to be stopped on injuries, substitutions, and when he feels a team is wasting time. The clock counts down as opposed to up, and a period is over immediately when the clock reads 0:00, even if a shot is in flight.
The two highest awards in the sport are the Hermann Trophy and the Soccer America Player of the Year Award which both identify the best male and female players in the game.