Last Second Foul

Since the 2002-03 season, referees have reviewed all called fouls that occur with no time remaining on the clock (0:00). This is an automatic trigger and referees are required to conduct the review regardless of score.

During the review, referees use video to confirm, if they can, whether the game clock expired before the foul occurred.

If the foul is committed on or by a player in the act of shooting, referees will also determine whether the shooter released the ball prior to the expiration of time on the game clock if the foul occurred after the expiration of time.

The officials may also review the video to determine the following:

  • Whether the shooter fouled was attempting a 2-point or 3-point field goal.
  • Whether a player fouled committed a boundary line violation prior to the foul.
  • Whether the 24-second clock expired before the foul occurred.
  • Whether an 8-second backcourt violation occurred before the player was fouled.
  • Whether any unsportsmanlike acts or unnecessary contact occurred.