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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

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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

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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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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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2016 - 2017 NCAA Soccer Rules Changes Summary

The NCAA Soccer Rules Committee and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel have approved several rules changes for the upcoming NCAA soccer season. Ken Andres, NCAA Soccer Secretary-Rules Editor published a summary of the approved rules changes in advance of the rules book publication. New soccer rules include provisions for video review, player equipment, duration of the […]

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Offside Interpretation

Published on March 6, 2015 in

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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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From: Gary Huber, NISOA Director of Assessment All NISOA National and Regional Assessors are required to register with the NCAA and take the 2014-2015 NCAA Soccer Rules test.

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2014-2015 NCAA Soccer Rules

Published on June 30, 2014 in

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The 2014-2015 NCAA Soccer Rules book has been published and will be distributed to NISOA members via U.S. Mail in the upcoming weeks. NISOA members who wish to be considered for NCAA post season assignments are reminded…

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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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2014-2015 NCAA Soccer Rules Changes

Published on May 16, 2014 in ,

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2014-2015 NCAA Soccer Rules Changes

The NCAA has now announced the changes in the collegiate soccer rules for the 2014 and 2015 seasons and a new rule book is now going to press.  None of the changes are significant regarding on-field play; most are administrative or editorial changes. Listed below are the changes effective this fall season: (more…)

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