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Summary of 2018 - 2019 NCAA Soccer Rules Changes

By: John Puglisi, NISOA National Clinician The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved the NCAA Soccer Rules for 2018 – 2019. The rules changes included several modifications to improve alignment with the IFAB Laws of the Game, expand the use of video review and provide additional requirements for suspended players and bench personnel. Alignment […]

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By Todd Abraham, NISOA Senior Director of Instruction I am please to announce the appointment of Mark Cahen as NISOA’s Director of Video Instruction, reporting to me.  The NISOA Director of Video Instruction is responsible to obtain video source material from college soccer games and prepare instructional material for publication on nisoa.com. The responsibilities include: […]

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2018 National Referee Academy Schedule

Published on February 2, 2018 in Instruction

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The following tentative dates for the 2018 NISOA National Referee Academies are provided for planning use. Please be aware these dates and locations are tentative based on securing local hosting facilities. Please check this page or our Twitter timeline as details are finalized.   Date Location Information May 5, 2018 Cal-South (CA) Fact Sheet June […]

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Local Chapter Training Material Development

Published on December 13, 2017 in Instruction

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Over the past four years, a group of NISOA National Clinicians has prepared a focused, annual instructional program based on the NCAA’s points of emphasis and the specific aspects of intercollegiate soccer for each NISOA chapter’s use. The materials were distributed to the chapter contacts on an individual USB drive.  Those USB drives are then […]

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By: Todd Abraham, NISOA Sr. Director of Instruction Here are the top 10 questions answered incorrectly on the 2017 NISOA NCAA Soccer Rules Test: (more…)

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NJCAA – NCAA Rules Differences

Published on October 31, 2017 in Instruction

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By: Todd Abraham, Sr. Director of Instruction As the playoffs approach it is even more important to understand the specific rules of the competition.  There have been a number of documents published over the season highlighting the NCAA differences from IFAB and from NFHS (high schools).  Don Dennison’s rules comparison (see the Forms page for […]

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Denying an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity

Published on October 26, 2017 in Instruction

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By: Todd Abraham, Sr. Director of Instruction This past winter, the NCAA aligned the DOGSO rules with the IFAB Laws of the Game.  The rule change (which was sent to all NISOA officials and reviewed at all pre-season clinics) now reads as follows: 12.5.5 Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity […]

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By: Todd Abraham, Sr. Director of Instruction There was an erroneous posting on the NISOA Facebook page which I am correcting here. If a player is injured by an opponent who receives a YC and that player is treated on the field for the injury, does that player have to leave the field? The NCAA […]

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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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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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