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2017 NISOA National Referee Certification Test

The NISOA National Referee certification test for 2017 is now available on the NISOA Central Hub at ArbiterSports.com.  Please note that this exam also may be used for local chapter requirements and is the same exam used for NCAA post season eligibility.  A requirement for the National Referee program is to pass this test with a […]

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Misconduct During Substitutions

Published on April 3, 2017 in Instruction

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By: Todd Abraham, NISOA Senior Director of Instruction I received a question about how to deal with misconduct during substitutions as a result of the recent note about substitutions and reporting into the game. In the case where the game was stopped at a legal substitution opportunity and the referee beckoned the substitute A12 onto […]

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2017 NCAA Soccer Rules Changes

Published on March 18, 2017 in General

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By: Todd Abraham, NISOA Sr. Director of Instruction The NCAA announced a series of Rules changes for 2017 to align the collegiate game with the Laws of the Game used for international play. The NCAA operates on a 2-year rules cycle, however, is permitted to make mid-cycle changes in order to align with the governing […]

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Substitutions and Reporting Into the Game

Published on September 26, 2016 in Instruction

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By: Todd Abraham, NISOA Senior Director of Instruction There has been some confusion around when a substitute becomes a player and what are the team’s options regarding “pulling a player back” from substituting.  The Rules in this situation are clear, however, they require diligence regarding mechanics from the referee crew, specifically, the referee’s responsibility to beckon […]

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Major Differences Between the Revised Laws of the Game and 2016 - 2017 NCAA Soccer Rules

By: Todd Abraham, NISOA Senior Director of Instruction The IFAB has issued a series of documents outlining changes to the Laws of the Game effective June 1, 2016. The significant changes listed below do not currently apply to the NCAA rules: • Change: The ball can be kicked in any direction, including backward, at kick-off (previously, the ball […]

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General elections for the elected NISOA Executive Board and senior leadership positions are scheduled to occur in April 2016 for the 2017-2018 term. The NISOA By Laws allow each chapter to forward a name for each elected office position and the regional representative for the chapter’s geographical region. (more…)

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Note to the NISOA Membership

Published on December 16, 2015 in Executive Board

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By: Todd Abraham, NISOA Past President and Senior Director of Instruction There have been a number of questions about the relationship with Arbiter this season and its implications as to the value of a NISOA membership.  Let me provide some facts / history to put things in perspective. When we started with Arbiter in 2011 […]

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Offside Interpretation

Published on March 6, 2015 in Instruction

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By: Todd Abraham, NISOA Director of Instruction There has been significant discussion in the global soccer community about the interpretation and application of the Offside rule. FIFA has changed how to interpret “deliberate play” and has been refining the interpretation and situation assessment. US Soccer and the professional leagues have been modifying instructional material to […]

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NISOA and ECSR Partnership

Published on February 2, 2015 in Instruction

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By: Todd Abraham, NISOA Director of Instruction The National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) and the Elite College Soccer Referees (ECSR) share a common objective to develop collegiate referees through training and instruction so as better serve the collegiate referee community and the intercollegiate game.  The two organizations have agreed that a collaboration which leverages both […]

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A Message from the Past President

Published on January 12, 2015 in Executive Board

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From: Todd Abraham, NISOA Past President As I transition NISOA’s presidency to George Wescott, I am very pleased by the progress we have made over the past two years both on and off the field. We have accomplished a lot and I believe NISOA is in a better place due to the tireless efforts of […]

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