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2018 National Referee NCAA Soccer Rules Test Review

After reviewing and analyzing the results of the 2018 NISOA National Referee NCAA Soccer Rules test (posted on ArbiterSports), the document linked below shows the 10 most frequently missed questions on the test.  Please use this document as part of your college soccer preparations.

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By: Dr. Todd Abraham, NISOA Sr. Director of Instruction As the post season approaches I thought it would be good to pull together a short refresher on substitutions and dealing with players who have been attended to on the field of play.  The relevant rules are found in Rules 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 as well […]

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Postseason Tournament Tiebreaker Procedure Information

The conference and postseason tournaments are approaching quickly. All match officials must be aware of the tiebreaker procedure in NCAA Soccer Rule 7.1.1. Instructional materials are available at: The NCAA Soccer Central Hub with an article from Ryan Cigich, NCAA National Coordinator for Soccer Officiating on the tiebreaker procedure. Guides to the tiebreaker procedure by […]

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NCAA Soccer Rules; Video Review - Rule 5.7.3.1

The following quote from the NCAA Soccer Secretary – Rules Editor, Ken Andres, is provided as a reminder to officials about the use of Video Review: Rule 5.7.3.1 permits video review for “Determining whether a goal has been scored.” Video review can be used to assist the referee with two aspects to determine: 1. Whether […]

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Rule 12.7.4 Penalty – Ejected Personnel Interpretation

Ken Andres, NCAA Soccer Secretary – Rules Editor has published a clarification to NCAA Soccer Rule 12.7.4 on the NCAA Soccer Central Hub. The clarification provides detail on where ejected personnel may be relocated and the penalty for non-compliance. Soccer officials should access the link and be prepared to administer this clarification as necessary.

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Summary of 2018 - 2019 NCAA Soccer Rules Changes

By: John Puglisi, NISOA National Clinician The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved the NCAA Soccer Rules for 2018 – 2019. The rules changes included several modifications to improve alignment with the IFAB Laws of the Game, expand the use of video review and provide additional requirements for suspended players and bench personnel. Alignment […]

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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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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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