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Cliff McCrath

Ladies and Gentlemen of NISOA, greetings from the Emerald City – Seattle – where the sun has been shining for more than seven days this summer. (Summer was on a Tuesday last year!) Unfortunately, I haven’t been there much to enjoy it. But I have enjoyed getting to know an ever-expanding number of you as […]

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2011 Preseason Guide Is Now Available Online

The NISOA preseason guide is a joint effort of NISOA and Referee. The instructional articles and the points of emphasis discussed in the guide should be helpful to every NISOA member during the season.

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NISOA Referee Training Camp

Once again, NISOA and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are pleased to announce that attendees who successfully complete the 2011 NISOA Referee Training Camp may apply for graduate or undergraduate credit. The NISOA Referee Training Camp is eligible for 3 credits. Detailed information regarding registration procedures and fees is available at a special web […]

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NISOA Referee Training Camp

The 2011 NISOA referee training camp schedule has been published. This schedule is subject to change. The camp starts on July 10, 2011 and runs through July 14, 2011. There are a few slots still available for this year’s camp so apply soon if you are interested in attending this unique experience.

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NISOA Referee Training Camp

NISOA is now accepting online applications for the 2011 Referee Training Camp in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania from July 10, 2011 through July 14, 2011. Various scholarships and grants are available for applicants as indicated on the application form. The NISOA Referee Training Camp is a unique, four day residential training program that focuses on improving soccer […]

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Coaching During Injury

Published on October 8, 2010 in Instruction

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Coaching During Injury

Situation: A player is injured on the field and the referee calls the coach on the field. The coach begins coaching the other players while dealing with the injury. This is a violation of rule 12.14.1. “Athletic trainers and coaches may enter the field only if instructed to do so by the referee; however, it […]

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October 2010 Instructional Articles

Published on October 4, 2010 in Instruction

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October 2010 Instructional Articles

The October 2010 edition of soccer referee instructional articles is now available. This month we are including articles for the intercollegiate referee and the interscholastic referee. Intercollegiate Referees This seventeenth issue of our monthly NISOA column presents additional continuing education articles intended to help our NISOA Intercollegiate Referee members develop the skills, information and techniques […]

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Isolating a Player to Handle Misconduct

Published on September 11, 2010 in Instruction

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Isolating a Player to Handle Misconduct

An article was included in the September 2010 instructional articles on the NISOA Web Site about suggested ways to isolate a player when handling misconduct, or potential misconduct. Based on some comments received, there may be additional successful suggestions for isolating a player by the Referee. If you have a suggested mechanic that has worked […]

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2010 NISOA Comparative Rules Guide

Published on September 10, 2010 in Instruction

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The 2010 NISOA Comparative Rules Guide (pdf) is now available. This guide is not an all-inclusive listing of each difference between the sets of Rules and Laws, but rather only lists the more important differences where such differences exist.  Many technical and administrative rules such as player eligibility and accumulated cautions do not generally and directly concern the referee but rather the match administrators and have therefore been omitted from this study.[...]

The 2010 NISOA Comparative Rules Guide (pdf) is now available. This guide is not an all-inclusive listing of each difference between the sets of Rules and Laws, but rather only lists the more important differences where such differences exist.  Many technical and administrative rules such as player eligibility and accumulated cautions do not generally and […]

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Dealing With Extreme Heat and Humidity

Published on September 2, 2010 in Instruction

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Dealing With Extreme Heat and Humidity

An athletic conference recently asked the NCAA about possibly suspending play to allow players to hydrate during soccer matches played in unusually hot conditions. The response from Cliff McCrath, Executive Director of NISOA and Secretary-Rules Editor of the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee follows: It is permissible ~ and within the jurisdiction of the referee ~ […]

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