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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 Instruction

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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 General

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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 General, News

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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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2014-15 NFHS Soccer Rules Changes

Published on April 3, 2014 in Instruction

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The following rule changes have been approved by the NFHS Soccer Rules Committee and will be incorporated into the rule book for 2014-15: Rule 3-3-2(b)2 – If the referee stops the clock for an apparent injury to a field player or goalkeeper, the field player or goalkeeper will have to leave the field.  the field […]

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Referee Responsibilities - Instructions For Timekeepers

Instructing timekeepers prior to the game is one of the referee’s duties. In order to standardize those instructions, Don Dennison (NISOA National Clinician) has developed for NISOA a one page handout that can be distributed to the timekeepers or used for your briefing. Feel free to print out a copy of this handout and leave […]

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2013 NISOA Comparative Rules Guide Revised To Address New High School Soccer Rules

The NFHS recently approved soccer rules changes for 2013-2014. Consequently, Don Dennison, NISOA National Clinician, has revised the 2013 NISOA Comparative Rules Guide to include these High School soccer rules changes. Over the years, this document has been an invaluable reference for soccer officials who routinely officiate soccer under the FIFA Laws of the Game, […]

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2012-2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Rules

Conference playoffs have started and the NCAA playoffs are just a few weeks away. Playoff officials should take a few minutes to review the tiebreaking procedure in Rule 7.1.1.1. Overtime procedures are different from the regular season.  For postseason games, including conference tournaments, two sudden-victory overtime periods of 10 minutes each shall be played.  If […]

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