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While 2019 is not a biennial rules change season for NCAA Soccer, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) has approved a new rule allowing for hydration breaks for matches played in high humidity conditions.  The PROP has also modified the rules regarding penalties enforced against a team who allows an ejected or suspended player […]

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On Sunday March 31st, 2019, NISOA Referees, Conference Assignors, Local Chapter Leadership, and National Clinicians descended onto the campus of Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida for the first ever NISOA Referee Development & Identification Event. For the teams in attendance, this was the culmination of their spring season, with the winner of the […]

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Summary of the 2019 NISOA Referee Summit

Published on April 12, 2019 in Instruction

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NISOA hosted its 1st Annual Referee Summit on February 23, 2019 at the Lou Fusz Athletic Facility, located within Rams Park in St Louis, MO. A total of 139 attendees including 2 vendors, OSI and Relation Insurance, and 2 American Sign Language Interpreters were present to provide an inclusive educational experience for all in attendance. The […]

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Registration is now open for the various NISOA certification clinics throughout the spring and summer. As previously announced, NISOA National Referee Program members will have multiple options and opportunities for clinic certification requirements. Please note that the registration procedures for the clinics will vary so please make sure you are registering properly. Click an image […]

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We are pleased to announce the schedule for all approved clinics for 2019 NISOA National Referee recertification. Attending a clinic below will satisfy the clinic attendance requirement for recertification for NISOA National Referees. These clinics are open to all NISOA members and we encourage our members to take advantage of these superlative educational opportunities. There […]

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Registration for the 2019 NISOA Referee Summit on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri is now open on the NISOA ArbiterSports Central Hub website. The NISOA Referee Summit is a new soccer referee development opportunity for our members to network and improve their abilities through classroom and on-field practical experience. The Summit features […]

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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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NISOA Video Clip Analysis and Instruction

Published on September 4, 2018 in Instruction

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Under the leadership of the NISOA Sr. Director of Instruction, Todd Abraham and the NISOA Director of Video Instruction, Mark Cahen, NISOA will be delivering periodic video clip analysis posts over the course of the season. The clips will be focused on important aspects of college soccer with the goal of providing members with helpful […]

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