Too many men
is a penalty that may be called in various team sports when the team has more players on the field or other playing area than are allowed by the rules. Penalties vary from one sport to the next.
Too many men on the ice
is a bench penalty
A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for inappropriate behavior. Most penalties are enforced by detaining the offending player within a penalty box for a set number of minutes, during which, the player can not participate in play. The offending team usually may not replace the player on the ice,...
in ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...
called when a team has more than the legal number of six players (including the goalie
In ice hockey, the goaltender is the player who defends his team's goal net by stopping shots of the puck from entering his team's net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring...
) on the ice at one time. The punishment for this penalty is two minutes in the penalty box
The penalty box is the area in ice hockey, rugby league, rugby union and some other sports where a player sits to serve the time of a given penalty, for an offense not severe enough to merit outright expulsion from the contest...
served by the player chosen by the offending coach from one of his players on the ice at the time of the penalty.
While this penalty can sometimes result from an improper line change, it occurs most commonly when a player comes onto the ice during a line change and touches the puck before the player he is replacing leaves the ice.
If a team has more than eleven players on the field during a play (called either too many men on the field
or twelfth man on the field
), the offending team is penalized five yards. This is usually the result of an improper substitution.
If a team has more than twelve players on the field during a play (called either too many men on the field
or thirteenth man on the field
), the offending team is penalized five yards. This is usually the result of an improper substitution. The 2009 Grey Cup
The 97th Grey Cup was played on November 29, 2009, at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, and decided the Canadian Football League champion for the 2009 season. The Montreal Alouettes came from behind to defeat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-27, on a 33-yard field goal by Damon Duval as time ran...
game in the CFL
The Canadian Football League or CFL is a professional sports league located in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football, a form of gridiron football closely related to American football....
was decided on a too-many-men call.
Similar to hockey, too many men is a minor penalty in lacrosse, and a player from the offending team is sent to the penalty box.
Professional and collegiate basketball (both men's and women's) limit teams to five players on the court at any one time. A team with more than five in play at once is assessed a technical foul
In basketball, a technical foul is any infraction of the rules penalized as a foul which does not involve physical contact during the course of play between players on the court, or is a foul by a non-player. The most common technical foul is for unsportsmanlike conduct...
for Too Many Players on the Court
. National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America. It consists of thirty franchised member clubs, of which twenty-nine are located in the United States and one in Canada...
rules did not allow for the nullification of a goal scored with too many players until a rule change in March 2009.
In soccer, if a team is found to have more than 11 players on the field, the referee must determine which is the extra player, and the player so determined is given a yellow card.
Australian rules football
In Australian rules football
Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, also called football, Aussie rules or footy is a sport played between two teams of 22 players on either...
, a team with more than eighteen players on the field has its entire score from before the offence annulled. Because of the severity of the penalty, the umpire must count the players, and this can only be done after a request from the captain. The only well-documented case where a team had its entire score annulled this way occurred in an Under 19 game between Richmond
The Richmond Football Club, nicknamed The Tigers, is an Australian rules football club which competes in the Australian Football League. Richmond shares healthy rivalries with Carlton, Collingwood and Essendon. After winning five premierships between 1967 and 1980, the club hit the depths in 1990,...
The Carlton Football Club is a professional Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, Victoria. The club competes in the Australian Football League, and was one of the eight founding members of that competition in 1897...
in August 1971, and resulted from a mistaken signal by a trainer whereby a substitute entered the game before the player he was to replace had left. Established procedures for declaring initial team lineups combined with an established and well-enforced interchange
Interchange is the term used to describe a team position in Australian rules football, consisting of the players who are off the ground at any time...
protocol serve to limit the possibility of too many players being on the field at once. In most cases, the violation is detected at the point of interchange and action can be taken quickly by umpires to limit the impact and punish the offending team.