Jack Sweeney has provided a full description of the NJCAA Soccer Rules differences and Region XV match report. Major soccer rules differences and points of emphasis include:
- Unlimited substitutions;
- A team may substitute on their own throw-ins, own corner kicks or any goal kick;
- If the team in possession does substitute and the opposing team has a substitute waited at half-field, the opposing team may also substitute at that time;
- Substitutes should always be waiting at half-field to enter the game, not in front of their bench area;
- When a player is cautioned, a substitute must report into the game for the cautioned player. The substitute must remain in the game until the next legal substitution opportunity as a minimum. This provision applies to the goalkeeper;
- The clock does not stop during substitutions;
- The clock only stops on goals, injuries (when the referee stops the game), cautions and ejections;
- Overtime is two, 10 minute sudden-death periods.
According to their website, SUNY Ulster (NJCAA, Region XV) has canceled their 2014 men's soccer schedule.
The NY Metro ISOA is pleased to welcome NISOA National Assessor, Kambiz Riazi back to our chapter.
Kambiz has made himself available for local NISOA National Referees and National Referee Candidates to assist with their assessment renewal requirements. Welcome back, Kambiz.
During Saturday's Rules Interpretation meeting, there was a discussion about management of ejected players, coaches and bench personnel. NCAA Soccer Rule 5.6.4 states:
An ejected player, coach or other bench personnel shall leave the premises of the field of play to the point that the individual, in the referee’s opinion, shall not be a disruptive influence on the further progress of the game. This means out of sight and sound of the field of play.
I recommend the following procedure:
- During the pre-game field inspection, the referee crew should discuss how they will manage ejections so it will conform to Rule 5.6.4 and ensure the ejected player or bench personnel are properly supervised while they are away from the premises of the field of play.
- During the pre-game meeting with the home team institutional representative, discuss the desired ejection procedure and ask for assistance to implement the procedure. Assistance should include, but not be limited to, having a staff member available to escort and supervise the ejected player or bench personnel. Ask the home team institutional representative to coordinate with both coaches to ensure adequate ejected player or bench personnel supervision.
Ejections are a highly emotional and often match critical event. The officiating crew must be prepared before the ejection to properly manage the situation.
The NCAA Soccer Secretary Rules Editor, Ken Andres has ruled on the issue of a player requesting to leave the field for religious reasons as follows:
As the Soccer Secretary Rules Editor, I am issuing a ruling that a player is permitted to leave the field of play for religious reasons and may re-enter the game when beckoned by the referee. If the player is not substituted for, the team shall play short. However, if the player is substituted for, the re-entry provisions of R. 3.5 apply.
I suggest that you provide the involved institution with a copy of this ruling for future reference.
Lastly, I recommend the involved institution advise the referee crew and the opposing team of this issue and my ruling prior to the start of any game.
Kenneth G. Andres, Jr.
NCAA Soccer Secretary Rules Editor
In summary, if the player is a field player, leaves the field in the first half (or overtime periods) for religious reasons and is substituted for, that player may not re-enter in that period.
NISOA's Director of Physical Fitness, Dr. Ken Kaylor is recommending modifications to the NISOA Physical Fitness Test. Key highlights of the modifications include:
- Eliminating the point system. Officials must pass each event.
- Eliminating the Pro 40 Box event and reduces the number of events to three.
- Replacing the 30M shuttle (7 x 30 meters) with a 6 x 40 meter sprint repeat test similar to the one used by US Soccer.
The significant issues driving the proposed modifications are:
- Safety. There are too many reports of officials falling during the Pro 40 box event.
- Better alignment with US Soccer while still not burdening chapter administrators.
- Simplify the test to pass/fail.
- Use gender-based scoring.
The proposed fitness test is available for review/download and is on the agenda for action at the upcoming NISOA Convention/Annual General Meeting in Buffalo, New York on July 18, 2014. We are looking for feedback and comments from members to help shape our direction on this initiative. Please comment here.
Updated August 9, 2014 - Some significant changes to the proposed test were approved by the NISOA Membership at the Annual General Meeting in July 2014. Details are available on the NISOA web site.
Due to a conflict, the NY Metro ISOA Annual Awards Dinner has been rescheduled to November 17, 2014.