Restricted Area

Since the 2012-13 season, and modified in 2013-14, referees have reviewed all block/charge calls when they are not reasonably certain as to whether the defender was inside or outside of the restricted area.

Reviewable Matters:

  1. Whether the defender is inside or outside the restricted area
  2. Whether the offensive player committed a boundary line violation prior to the foul
  3. Whether event was correctly called after a review was called and whether the defender was outside the restricted area but was not set when the offensive player began his upward shooting motion or if the offensive player led with an unnatural knee, foot or wipe out, regardless of the location of the defender (added for 2013-14)


  1. Video review will take place ONLY in the last two minutes of the fourth period and the last two minutes of all overtime periods
  2. Review must take place immediately after the preceding foul call
  3. Determining factor as to whether officials are permitted to review is uncertainty of the position of the defenders feet (either inside or outside the restricted area)
  4. Prior to 2014-15, reviews permitted during the entire overtime period(s)

Final Ruling: Referees in Replay Center