KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Mid-America Intercollege Athletes Association has announced it will utilize an instant replay system, approved by the NCAA, during the upcoming MIAA football season.
Last week, the NCAA granted the MIAA’s request for exemption from some of the instant replay requirements listed in Rule 12 of the 2022 NCAA Football Rules Book, approving the MIAA to become the first conference outside of NCAA Division I to implement the use of an instant replay system during football contests.
“The MIAA is honored to be selected as the conference to test the SkyCoach Instant Replay system during the fall 2022 MIAA football season,” said Commissioner Mike Racy. “The system will provide our Referee with an on-field replay system to immediately review all targeting calls, and it will permit MIAA head coaches to ask for a review of certain plays during the game per NCAA Football Rule 12.”
The preliminary plan for the MIAA’s use of instant replay this season is to allow stoppages for a replay review to occur whenever a targeting foul is called by an official on the field, and/or when a coach’s challenge is made of a reviewable play as defined in Rule 12 of the Football Rules Book.
In previous seasons, the MIAA has reviewed targeting calls at halftime and at the conclusion of football contests. Now, all targeting fouls that are called will be reviewable by the MIAA referee and calling officials immediately.
The MIAA likes that coaches will be the ones deciding what gets reviewed rather than a replay booth. Rule 12 in the football rules book lists the challengeable plays. To see the complete summary of the MIAA replay policies and the list of reviewable plays for the 2022 season, click here.
“We had a few plays last year that we could have fixed,” explained MIAA Supervisor of Football Officials, Phil Laurie. “We do make mistakes. Players fumble, throw interceptions—we do make mistakes. But if we can correct them and it doesn’t cost a lot of money, we need to do it.”