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Coaching During Injury

Published on October 8, 2010 in Instruction

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Coaching During Injury

Situation: A player is injured on the field and the referee calls the coach on the field. The coach begins coaching the other players while dealing with the injury. This is a violation of rule 12.14.1. “Athletic trainers and coaches may enter the field only if instructed to do so by the referee; however, it […]

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Collegiate Soccer – The Birth of a Rule

Published on September 30, 2010 in General

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C. Cliff McCrath, Executive Director, NISOA Secretary-Rules Editor, NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee There are myths about where babies come from and stories about Loch Ness Monsters and rumors of UFOs and aliens everywhere. So why not a little trip down Perry Mason Avenue to help the vast listening audience understand how the […]

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2010 NISOA Comparative Rules Guide

Published on September 10, 2010 in Instruction

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The 2010 NISOA Comparative Rules Guide (pdf) is now available. This guide is not an all-inclusive listing of each difference between the sets of Rules and Laws, but rather only lists the more important differences where such differences exist.  Many technical and administrative rules such as player eligibility and accumulated cautions do not generally and directly concern the referee but rather the match administrators and have therefore been omitted from this study.[...]

The 2010 NISOA Comparative Rules Guide (pdf) is now available. This guide is not an all-inclusive listing of each difference between the sets of Rules and Laws, but rather only lists the more important differences where such differences exist.  Many technical and administrative rules such as player eligibility and accumulated cautions do not generally and […]

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Dealing With Extreme Heat and Humidity

Published on September 2, 2010 in Instruction

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Dealing With Extreme Heat and Humidity

An athletic conference recently asked the NCAA about possibly suspending play to allow players to hydrate during soccer matches played in unusually hot conditions. The response from Cliff McCrath, Executive Director of NISOA and Secretary-Rules Editor of the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee follows: It is permissible ~ and within the jurisdiction of the referee ~ […]

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2010-2011 NCAA Soccer Rules Changes Video Available

The 2010-2011 NCAA soccer rules changes video is available in our Video Training section. This is the same NISOA-produced video shown in local and regional chapter rules interpretation meetings. The video file is large so make sure you have a fast internet connection before you view the video.

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2010-2011 NCAA Soccer Rules Book

Published on August 6, 2010 in General

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2010-2011 NCAA Soccer Rules Book

The 2010-2011 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Book is now available for download (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) from the NCAA website or directly from here.

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2010 NISOA Preseason Guide

Published on June 23, 2010 in Instruction

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2010 NISOA Preseason Guide

The 2010 NISOA preseason guide is now available (pdf) for download. The NISOA preseason guide is a joint effort of NISOA and Referee. The instructional articles and the points of emphasis discussed in the guide should be helpful to every NISOA member during the season.

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2010-2011 NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Rules Changes Overview

The following overview of the 2010-2011 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Changes was published on the NCAA web site. Summary FIELD DIMENSIONS Field in use prior to 1995: Rectangular the width of which cannot exceed the length New facilities installed between 1995-2010: Width: No less than 70 wide nor wider than 80yds Length: No […]

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2010 NFHS Rules Changes

Published on May 1, 2010 in Instruction

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For Immediate Release                              Contact: Mark Koski INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 1, 2010) — The official signals used for high school soccer have been modified to reflect common practice. This was one of 11 changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January […]

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2009 Preseason Guide and Rules Comparison

Published on January 2, 2010 in Instruction

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2009 Preseason Guide and Rules Comparison

The 2009 NISOA Preseason Guide (pdf) and USSF/NISOA/NFHS Rules Comparative Study (pdf) are available for download.

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