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GISOA Annual Clinic

Saturday August 3
Oglethorpe University
7am - 3pm

*6:45am/**7:20: Warm-up (Track)

*7:00/**7:35: Fitness Test

 8:10 - 8:55: Shower Period
(Field House/Recreation Center adjacent to track. Bring towel and toiletries.)

9:15: Clinic (Trustee Lynch Campus Center)

Clinician - Rodney Kenney

Welcome, Agenda Review, Video Review, etc.

12:00 - 12:30: Lunch

12:30 - 3:00: Video review, etc.

NISOA Hall of Fame Referee Mike Balson dies May 30, 2019. 

"Michael John Charles Balson, 71, of Bridport, England, passed peacefully from death to life in Jesus Christ on May 30, 2019, from complications associated with Lewy body dementia. His final days were spent surrounded by his loving wife, children, and friends. There will be two memorial services held to celebrate his remarkable life, one on June 15 in Orlando (4:00 PM, Banfield Funeral Home, 420 FL-434 Winter Springs, FL 32708), and one on June 22 in Atlanta (2:00 PM, HM Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319). 
Mike was born on Sept. 9, 1947. He is the oldest child of Donald and Joan Balson. He is survived by his wife, Julia, his children, Melanie and Oliver, his mother, Joanne, and his siblings, Richard, Christina and Jane. Mike also has five beloved grandchildren; Sydney, Sierra, Maddox, Zoe, and Judah. 

Mike enjoyed a happy childhood in Bridport, where his father owned and operated R.J. Balson & Son, the family butcher shop, which has been in operation since 1515, most likely the oldest butcher shop in the world. He spent time helping in the butcher shop and enjoying cricket, water polo, rugby, and football (soccer). He captained the football team at Colfox school, was the youngest player to ever to play for Bridport FC, joined the Exeter City youth team, and was selected to the England Schoolboys team. In 1963, at the age of 17, he signed as a professional player at Exeter City Football Club. From 1963-1974, Mike played over 400 matches for the Exeter City first team. During that time, he was awarded his English Football Association coaching license and captained over 200 matches. 

In 1974, Mike signed for Highlands Park FC and relocated to South Africa until 1979. He was selected to simultaneously play and coach the team for 3 years, kept a record-breaking run of 44 games unbeaten, and won the South African Cup three times, the League Cup three times, and the Coca Cola Cup twice. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment during his time in South Africa is his role in ending segregation in professional football by building an inter-racial squad. 

In 1979, Mike signed with the Atlanta Chiefs of the North American Soccer League and relocated to Atlanta, GA with his young family. He would ultimately dedicate his career to promoting the game of soccer in the Atlanta area. During this time, he played against some of the world’s greatest players, including Pele, George Best, and Franz Beckenbauer. He coached at Georgia State University for three years, developed coaching programs for new coaches, and worked with the Special Olympics. In 1982, Mike was the player/assistant coach for the Georgia Generals of the ASL, and from 83-85, he coached at Dekalb Junior College. In 1986-87, Mike played his final season as a professional for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, capping off a 25 year long playing career. 

From 1985-1990, Mike focused on player development, coaching, and private camps. His passion for the game resulted in the much loved “Mike Balson’s Soccer Academy,” the first indoor/outdoor soccer facility in the Southeast. The Academy produced and developed much of the best young talent in the game, including the “Steamers,” a top club in the state of Georgia, and several U.S. national players. Mike’s successful coaching career continued on for many more years with numerous club teams and with Georgia Perimeter College from 1993-1996. 

From 1990-2001, Mike continued to promote the game as Assistant Commissioner for the USISL professional league. He was responsible for developing new team franchises on the East Coast, working with the MLS to identify talented draft candidates, setting league regulations, and resolving conflicts. From 2001-2003, Mike served as the General Manager of the Atlanta Silverbacks, rebuilding a team to a +500 record by focusing on signing local talent. 

Mike’s love for the game, his experience as a player and coach, his active lifestyle, and his calm disposition made for a natural transition into the world of refereeing. While he began refereeing in the early 1980s, the early 2000s saw his most prolific time as a referee in the SEC and ACC. Mike had the honor of refereeing the 1999 NCAA Div. 1 Women’s Final and the 2002, 2004, and 2005 NCAA Div. 1 Men’s Finals. 

In 2002, Mike was inducted into the United Soccer League Hall of Fame. In 2003, Mike was inducted into the GSSA Soccer Hall of Fame. In 2006, Mike was inducted into the NISOA Hall of Fame. 

As a player, coach, and referee, Mike always personified professionalism and respected the game, his players, opponents, and colleagues. Apart from all of Mike’s professional accomplishments and honors, it is perhaps his character and influence on so many people that will be remembered the most. He was a man of strong faith who loved his Lord, his family, and others. Mike and his wife Julia spent over 30 years ministering to prisoners in Atlanta, GA. They also spent 20 years ministering to youth at Georgia Regional Hospital. 

Known by many as the “Golden Eagle”, Mike approached soccer the same way he did life itself, with patience, kindness, wit, humility, and respect. He was a bridge builder, collaborator, and friend to all. He expected and pulled the best out of people, while always giving his best. He faced every obstacle with dignity. 

He will be dearly missed, but his legacy lives on through every life that he touched. Rest in Peace, Mike Balson. The Golden Eagle is now soaring above the suffering that this world can bring. 

We would like to thank all of our friends and family who have been a great comfort during this difficult time. We would also like to thank Share the Care for their tremendous support over the past four years. Condolences can be sent directly to either funeral home (Banfield Funeral Home, Winter Springs or HM Patterson, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, Atlanta). If you feel led, donations can be made to Share the Care in Mike Balson’s name -- 1524 Formosa Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789." 


FIFA Assistant Referee and VAR Corey Rockwell presenting at GISOA Clinic

Pierce Richardson
U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame
NISOA Section (2006)

Pierce Richardson Memorial
Died August 31, 2017

From Griff Sims, President, Georgia ISOA:

We lost a treasured friend and member of our GISOA family last week. Most of today’s GISOA referees know Pierce as our assignor, but that role the past 27 years was just his 2nd half. He was a GISOA official for 32 years before continuing his work administratively. He helped advanced several of our officials to National Referee status and opportunities in the NCAA post season as well as in the ACC. He was a mentor and father figure to most all of us.

Memorial Services for Pierce Richardson were held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.Union United Methodist Church 4600 Highway 138 SW, Stockbridge, Georgia, 30281

We would like to help his family with this untimely loss. We have established The Pierce Richardson Memorial Fund.
Please make a donation check to:
Pierce Richardson Memorial Fund
Mail to: Stuart Dunn – 232 St. Andrews Ct, 

Latest News Update From NISOA

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 to participate in a match. In this case, the team will no longer be required to forfeit the match where an ejected or suspended player participates.

Full text of the rules changes is available on the Forms section of our web site and below. Please note that these rules changes will not be reflected in the hardcopy rules book until the next revision for the 2020/2021 season.

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  • As the 2018 men’s and women’s soccer seasons approach, this is to let you know that the Soccer Center Circle Central Hub will open for registration July 16. Please know that the registration fee for this season is $80, which is a $15 increase from the past three seasons and will include a background check as part of the registration process. You will receive more information on the background check via email notification on July 16 when registration officially opens. As a reminder, officials are required to register on Center Circle in order to be considered for NCAA postseason assignment.

    Thank you for your past interest in registering as an NCAA soccer official, and we look forward to the upcoming season.

  • Ryan Cigich

  • National Coordinator for NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer

2018 and 2019 Major Rules Changes for Men’s and Women’s Soccer The following rules changes were approved by the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. They will be incorporated into the rules book for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. *Note – rule references are associated with the new rules book. Rule Rule Change and Rationale Rules 1.3.5 and 1.3.6 Permit the following as approved markings on the field provided they do not obscure any of the required field markings and are not in the penalty area: 1. NCAA, team or conference logos, names or abbreviations. 2. Two commercial logos (one in each half of the field), not larger than 15’ by 15’ square. 3. Noncommercial, commemorative logos (e.g., players’ names or numbers for senior day). Rationale: To provide recognition opportunities for the institutions, as well as advertising and commercial funding opportunities. Rule 1.12.2 Expand the coaching area to within 5 feet from the touch line. Rationale: To allow coaches better access to observe the game. Rule 2.1.3 The pressure of the ball must be within 8.5 to 15.6 psi. Rationale: To align with FIFA’s ball pressure requirements. Rule 2.3 Exception 2 Permit a retake of a penalty kick in the event the ball becomes defective. Rationale: To align with FIFA Laws of the Game and correct an unfair rule which may cause a team to lose possession due to a defective ball. Rule 4.1.6 Permit an institutional and conference logo/patch and the national flag of the institution on the front or sleeve of the jersey. The logo/patch/flag may not exceed 2¼ square inches. Rationale: To provide recognition opportunities for the institution and conference and align with other NCAA sports. Rule 4.1.9 Goalkeepers must wear stockings which distinguish them only from opponent’s field players. Rationale: Changes the rule which required goalkeepers to wear stockings which were different than the opposing goalkeeper. 2018 and 2019 Soccer Major Rules Changes Page No. 2 _________ Rules and 5.7.1 Add to the referee’s pregame duties: Confirming with host game management if video review equipment is available. If available, video review will be used. Rationale: Requiring mutual agreement of the head coaches occasionally created issues and conflict, which resulted in video review not being used. If the equipment is available, it must be used and coaches no longer must mutually agree. Rules and Permit bands to play and the use of musical instruments/artificial noisemakers at anytime during the game. Rationale: To promote game atmosphere. Rule Add “violent behavior” to situations which can be considered for video review. Rationale: “Violent behavior” may be against anyone not competing for the ball and may be on or off the field of play. Additionally, the ball may be in or out of play. This behavior is frequently not readily seen by the officials and video review will help identify when this type of misconduct has occurred. Rule 8.2.3 Stipulate that an “own” goal cannot be scored directly from a kickoff. Rationale: To align with FIFA Laws of the Game and the recent rule change permitting the kickoff to go in any direction. Rule 12.7 PENALTY Require an ejected player, coach or other bench personnel to leave the venue and be out of sight and sound. Exception: The athletic trainer is permitted to be in a designated spectator area if he/she is ejected. Rationale: Currently, ejected personnel are permitted to be in the designated spectator area. Altering this rule reduces potential situations which can exacerbate issues involving misconduct. Rule 12.8.1 PENALTY 1 Double the period of suspension for the head coach when a player, assistant coach or other bench personnel participates in a game while suspended. Example: A player receives a red card (1 game suspension) and illegally participates in the next regularly scheduled game. Penalty: The term of suspension for the player shall be doubled resulting in the player being suspended for the next two (2) games. Additionally, the head coach shall be suspended for double the enhanced suspension imposed on the player resulting in the head coach being suspended for the next four (4) games. 2018 and 2019 Soccer Major Rules Changes Page No. 3 _________ Rationale: Extends the period of suspension for a head coach when an illegal (card-suspended) player, assistant coach or bench personnel participates in a game to serve as a deterrent for illegally using suspended personnel. Rule 12.8.1 PENALTY 2 Extend the period of suspension to four (4) games for the head coach when he/she participates in a game while suspended. Example: A head coach receives a red card (1 game suspension) and illegally participates in the next regularly scheduled game. Penalty: The head coach will be suspended for the next four (4) games. Rationale: Extends the period of suspension for a head coach when he/she illegally participates in a game to serve as a deterrent for participating while suspended. Rule 12.8.2 Permit a player serving a game suspension to be in the team area, provided he/she is not in uniform. Rationale: This rule allows the coaching staff to adequately supervise a suspended player. Rule 12.8.3 Prohibit a coach serving a game suspension from appearing in the venue from 60 minutes before the scheduled start of the game until 30 minutes after the game ends. The coach shall remain in an area out of sight and sound. Rationale: To provide an additional deterrent to illegal actions and reduce the potential for further misconduct. A.R. 13.1.3.d Require an indirect free kick to be retaken if the referee fails to signal that the kick is indirect and the ball is kicked directly into the goal. Rationale: Clarification to be consistent with the FIFA Laws of the Game.

2017 New Rule
A player who has a permanent medical condition with the potential to produce serious injury or death through sustained physical exertion (e.g., sickle cell trait) may be substituted at any time when medically necessary and re-enter the game without the limitations imposed by Rule 3.6.1, which limits re-entry.
To be eligible for this medical re-entry exception, the team physician must confirm the medical condition, its potential for producing serious injury or death, and the need for the player to be exempt from Rule 3.6.1. If the condition is established by a duly licensed physician other than the team physician, documentation must be provided to, and approved by, the institution’s team physician.  Prior to the start of any game, the primary athletics healthcare provider or designee (e.g., coach) shall present documentation to the game officials and opposing coach which establishes that the player has been granted a medical exception to the re-entry rule.  
When notified by the documented player, a coach, or the primary athletics healthcare provider that the player requires a substitute for medical reasons related to the identified condition, the referee shall stop the game and permit a substitution. Neither the player nor the substitute shall be charged with a substitution. However, if the documented player replaces a player other than the original substitute, that player shall be charged with a substitution. The documented player may re-enter the game (after being beckoned by the referee) at any stoppage of play or at any of the allowable times for normal substitution, provided they have received clearance from the institution’s primary athletics health care provider. 
This exception may not be used more than one time by an individual student-athlete in a single competition.
Rationale:  At the request of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP), the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee reviewed the substitution and re-entry rules. CSMAS had concerns the current rules may deter a student-athlete from reporting an injury for fear of not being able to re-enter the game after being cleared by medical personnel. Similar to current Rule (bleeding injury, blood on the uniform or signs of a concussion), this proposal would allow a player who has a permanent medical condition with the potential to produce serious injury or death to be substituted for and re-enter after receiving clearance.



Lightning Guidelines


This document serves as a report to the men’s and women’s soccer community from the NCAA 
Soccer Rules Committee.  The committee met February 7-9 in Indianapolis and is using this 
opportunity to inform the membership of its main topics of discussion. 
1. RULES SURVEY.  The committee discussed several topics for consideration in a rules 
survey that will be available during the spring 2011 nontraditional soccer season, including: 
• Speeding up the throw-in 
• Engaging in pregame team handshakes 
• Assigning points for overtime win 
• Permitting artificial noisemakers 
• Imposing penalty for excessive (rehearsed) celebration 
2. SECRETARY-RULES EDITOR TRANSITION.  The secretary-rules editor transition 
from Cliff McCrath to Ken Andres will begin during the fall 2011 season.  When Mr. 
Andres’ term begins September 1, 2011, most coaches are in the habit of sending their 
requests for interpretations and protests to Cliff, whose information is listed in the 2010 and 
2011 Soccer Rules and Interpretations book.  Ken’s information will be listed in the 2012 and 
2013 rules book publication and is listed here for your upcoming convenience:  Ken Andres; 
kandres.ncaasre@gmail.com; 856/816-1687; 264 Kings Highway East; Haddonfield, New 
Jersey  08033. 
3. FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS.  The committee agreed that the availability of one-click 
options to submit a protest, report a card or request an interpretation would be very useful.  A 
quick reference index (that excludes protests’ personal information) could be made available 
from the information submitted. 
4. OTHER.  Tim Lenahan, head men’s soccer coach at Northwestern University, was elected to 
serve as chair effective September 1, 2011. 
Thank you for your time and attention to this report.  If you have feedback or questions regarding 
the soccer rules process or this report, please direct your communication to Janet Oberle, chair, 
or Teresa Smith, NCAA staff liaison. 
The National Collegiate Athletic Association 
February 14, 2011 

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." 
-Benjamin Franklin 









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