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GISOA Clinic
Saturday July 28
Agnes Scott College
7:00 am - 5pm

Agenda: Saturday July 28

6:45a - Warm-up (Track)

7:00 - Fitness Test

8:00 - 8:30 - Shower Period

(Woodruff Activities Bldg adjacent to track. Bring towel and toiletries.)

8:30 - 9:00 - Breakfast

9:10 – 9:30 - Corey Rockwell - Introduction & Agenda Review

9:30 – 9:45 - Video Pre-Assessment

9:45 – 10:30 – Positioning (22 Clips)

10:30 – 10:40  -- Break -------

10:40 – 11:30 – Challenges / Tackles (15 clips)

11:30 – 12:00 – Offside (10 clips)

12:00 – 12:30 -- Lunch -------

12:30 – 1:15 – Handball (10 clips)

1:15 – 1:25 -------- Break------

1:25 – 1:50 – Video Post-Assessment (35 different video clips on the 3 topics)

1:50 – 2:15 –GISOA / NISOA Updates (Griff)

2:15 – 3:00 – Review of Post-Assessment

3:00 – 3:10 ---- Break ---------

3:10 – 3:30 – Path to World Cup (how he got there and what went on while he was there)

3:30 – 3:50 – Q&A –

3:50 – 4:00 – Closing thoughts

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, 
Social Circle, GA  30025


Latest News Update From NISOA

  • 7/16/2018

    We are excited about the new season and look forward to the opportunities to communicate important soccer information with you this year on the NCAA Soccer Central Hub. 

    REGISTRATION is now available.  After registering, please visit the Center Circle Central Hub frequently to stay current on the latest soccer officiating news and information.  On the central hub, you will be able to read the latest rules interpretations from Ken Andres, Secretary-Rules Editor, bulletins from the National Coordinator, review VIDEO clips on correct application of the RULES AND MECHANICS, and click TESTING to take the test when available.

    Again this year, the ArbiterMobile app is now available at no cost to NCAA registered officials. To download the app, please complete this season's officials' registration, and then click below.  Click here to read ArbiterMobile FAQs.

    The NCAA will host three soccer officiating seminars this summer that will provide free educational opportunities for officials. 

    Saturday July 14, 2018 (COMPLETED)
    Indianapolis IN - NCAA National Office
    8:30am - 4:00pm 
    Presenters: Todd Abraham, Ryan Cigich, Rich Grady, Rachel Woo 

    Saturday July 21, 2018
    Berkley CA - University of California-Berkley 
    8:30am - 4:00pm 
    Presenters: Ryan Cigich, Richard Heron, Sandy Hunt, Paul Scott

    Saturday August 4, 2018 
    Philadelphia PA - Widener University 
    8:30am - 4:00pm 
    Presenters: Ryan Cigich, Ken Andres, Sandy Hunt, Paul Tamberino 

    To register, please click HERE.

    All the best this season!

    Ryan Cigich
    National Coordinator Men’s & Women’s Soccer Officials

  • 6/22/2018

    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 F
IFA 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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