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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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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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2015 National Referee Academy Site List

Published on February 24, 2015 in Instruction

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Sites and dates for the 2015 NISOA National Referee Academy clinics are now available. This list is provided for planning purposes. Click a site for the fact sheet. May 16, 2015 – Ontario, California June 6, 2015 – Greensboro, North Carolina June 13, 2015 – Orlando, Florida June 13, 2015 – Chicago, Illinois June 20, 2015 – […]

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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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Site agendas and fact sheets for the remaining 2014 NISOA National Referee Academies are now available for your information…

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by Don Dennison, NISOA National Clinician When you receive your new Rules Book this year, be sure to note the change in Rule 5.6.5  on page 27 which was not highlighted nor was it noted in the Major Rules Changes page appearing in the front of the book.  This change effectively removes the referee’s power […]

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