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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2016 NISOA - NCAA Soccer Rules Test Missed Questions

The top ten missed questions from this season’s NISOA – NCAA Soccer Rules test are available for review with the correct answers and rules citations. Several of the most missed questions were about the NCAA Tiebreaker procedure. Please review the tiebreaking procedure prior to any post season assignment and as part of the pre-game discussion among the […]

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NCAA Soccer Rule 14 – Penalty Kick

Published on October 27, 2016 in Instruction

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By: John Puglisi, NISOA National Clinician Recently, the IFAB revised Law 14, The Penalty Kick. Several sanctions for infringements were changed. These changes occurred after the 2016 -2017 NCAA Soccer rules were finalized. While many of the procedural aspects of the penalty kick are the same under the 2016 – 2017 NCAA Soccer rules and […]

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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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Sites and dates for the 2016 NISOA National Referee Academy clinics are now available. This list is provided for planning purposes. Fact sheets will be posted here as they become available. Sites and dates may be subject to change. May 14, 2016 Southern California – Citrus College June 4, 2016 Greensboro, NC – UNC Greensboro June […]

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The deadline to take the 2015 NISOA National Referee certification exam on the NISOA Central Hub has been extended to midnight (eastern daylight time), August 16, 2015. A requirement for the National Referee program is to pass this test with a 90% score.  You will be given 2 attempts.  Only this exam – the National […]

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2015 NISOA Referee Training Camp

Published on May 13, 2015 in Instruction

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NISOA Referee Training Camp

The daily schedule for the 2015 NISOA Referee Training Camp in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania is now available for download.

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Registration for the 2015 National Referee Academies is now open on the Arbiter NISOA Central Hub for all returning National Referees, National Assessors and National Referee Applicants. Please register early for the academy you wish to attend so we know approximate numbers for the local coordinators to prepare for at their site.

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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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