In Memoriam; Jack Breetveld

Published on January 19, 2018 in General

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Jack Breedveld (RI)

Long time NEISOA and NISOA referee, National Assessor and chapter administrator, Jack Breetveld passed away at the age of 80 on January 18, 2018. Jack was a passionate and admired soccer referee for many years. He was a national referee and a national assessor, and most importantly a mentor to young and developing referees. A memorial […]

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Lance Van Haitsma
Director of Operations

The NISOA Executive Board is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Lance VanHaitsma (Florida) to the position of Director of Operations. Lance was selected by the committee lead by NISOA Executive Director Julie Swarts and Dan Lukash after a nationwide search. The Director of Operations is an Executive Board position, responsible for organization operational […]

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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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In Memoriam; Bill Maxwell

Published on December 6, 2017 in General

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Bill Maxwell

William “Bill” Maxwell of Livonia, NY and native of Glasgow, Scotland passed away on November 15, 2017 at age 87. Bill became a member of NISOA in 1974 and refereed actively until 1995. After his retirement from the field, he acted as a valued mentor and assessor, and as an observer for ECAC. Bill had […]

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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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General elections for the elected NISOA Executive Board and senior leadership positions are scheduled to occur in April 2018 for the 2019-2020 term. The NISOA By Laws allow each chapter to forward a name for each elected office position and the regional representative for the chapter’s geographical region. Position descriptions are available for download here. […]

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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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From the President; Crunch Time

Published on October 17, 2017 in Executive Board

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By John Puglisi, NISOA President As the calendar turns to October, we are closer to the end of the college soccer season than the beginning. While every match is important, the matches in mid and late October seem to include the added pressure of conference and NCAA post season eligibility. Our challenge as officials is […]

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