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Summary of January 2017 Executive Board Meeting

The NISOA Executive Board met in Los Angeles, California from January 12, 2017 through January 14, 2017 to take on several challenges facing the organization. The following members of the NISOA Executive Board attended: John Puglisi, President Julie Swarts, Executive Director Todd Abraham, Sr. Director of Instruction Don Wilbur, Sr. Director of Evaluation Dan Lukash, […]

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New NISOA Physical Performance Test

Published on January 31, 2017 in General

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The NISOA Executive Board approved new Physical Performance Tests for NISOA National Referees and new/renewing members effective immediately. The existing 4 event test (12 minute run, Pro-40 Box, AR-50 M and 30 M shuttle) has been replaced with a more modern testing protocol. There are separate tests for NISOA National Referees and Renewing/New NISOA members. In July […]

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John Van de Vaarst

Published on January 11, 2017 in Executive Board

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By: John Puglisi, NISOA President It is with mixed emotions that I announce that John Van de Vaarst informed me of his resignation from his position as NISOA Director of Operations to spend more time with his family. As one of NISOA’s core values is “family first”, I am pleased for John and his family, however, his […]

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John Puglisi (NY)
NISOA President

From: John Puglisi, NISOA President Each January brings resolutions and the promise of a new year. We look ahead to the challenges and excitement of another year while looking back on the accomplishments and events of the past year. As I begin my two year term as NISOA president, I want to express my appreciation […]

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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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NISOA September 2016 Newsletter

Published on September 20, 2016 in General

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The NISOA September 2016 Newsletter is now available for viewing/download. This edition of the newsletter includes photos from the 2016 NISOA Awards Dinner, a message from NISOA President, George Wescott, a brief biography of new NISOA Executive Director Julie Fabsik – Swarts, results of the 2016 General Elections, as well as photos from the NISOA […]

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2016 NISOA Annual Awards Dinner

Published on September 8, 2016 in General

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The 2016 NISOA Annual Awards Dinner was held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 23, 2016. The highlight of the evening was Terry Vaughn becoming the latest member of the NISOA Hall of Fame in his home state of Iowa. Thanks to Doug Ferguson (NISOA National Referee from Indiana), the awards dinner was streamed live and […]

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Julie Fabsik - Swarts
NISOA Executive Director

After a nationwide search, NISOA President, George Wescott has appointed Ms. Julie Fabsik – Swarts as NISOA Executive Director. Regarding the appointment, George said, “Please join me in welcoming Julie Fabsik – Swarts as NISOA’s new Executive Director. Julie brings with her many years of increasingly responsible experience in working with non-profit organizations. We are looking […]

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