2014 Chapter Meeting Schedule

The 2014 NY Metro ISOA meeting schedule is now available. Get the dates, times and locations for the NISOA fitness test, the annual mandatory rules clinic, awards dinner and business meetings. Read the rest of this article »

Minor NCAA Soccer Rules Changes Expected for 2014-2015

The NCAA Soccer Rules Committee has recommended several changes to the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) for the 2014- 2015 seasons. Specifically, the Rules Committee is recommending the following changes:

  • Electronic communication between coaching staff members and usage of electronic data during a game will be permitted.
  • The end of each period will be when the clock indicates 0:00 (if counting down) in case of a horn malfunction. Previously, the period was considered to be over in the case of a horn malfunction when the referee blew the whistle.
  • The order of eligible players participating in the tie-breaker procedure (kicks from the penalty mark) may be changed after 10 eligible players have taken a kick.

As indicated in the NCAA press release, all proposed rule changes are subject to approval by the NCAA PROP.

Updated March 10, 2014:

According to this press release, the NCAA PROP has approved the rules changes regarding the end of the period and tie-breaker.

4 Referees Honored By the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association

The New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) serves colleges and junior colleges in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. At the NYMISOA Annual Awards Dinner at The Sterling in Bethpage on November 11, four referees were honored by their peers for their contributions to the chapter. Besides refereeing college soccer, all four also ref in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL). Read the rest of this article »

NCAA Soccer Rules; Tiebreaker

Once again, it's playoff time so please take a couple of minutes to review NCAA Rule 7.1.2. Important and specific points of the rule are highlighted in this article published last year.

2013 Chapter and Sportsmanship Awards

Those officials who particularly excelled in their performance and those coaches who excelled in their sportsmanship this season will be honored at our Annual Chapter Awards Dinner on November 11. We need your participation once again so we can honor these refs and coaches. Please complete the linked ballot and send to Randy Vogt by US Mail or e-mail by October 29. Thank you!

Offside Restart

Our last clinic and article on offside have generated a lot of positive feedback and discussion on this issue. One aspect of offside we did not discuss was the location of the restart after an offside infraction. Read the rest of this article »

Offside Revisited

During last night's chapter business meeting/clinic, we discussed the three elements the Assistant Referee must consider before raising the flag to indicate an offside infraction. The goal of the clinic was to increase the consistency of offside decision making based on the common language and elements of Rule 11. In summary, in order for there to be an offside offense, the attacking player in an offside position must be:

  • Interfering with play (defined as playing or touching the ball passed or touched by a team-mate)  or;
  • Interfering with an opponent (defined as preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball) or;
  • Gaining an advantage by being in that position (defined as playing a ball that rebounds or is deflected to him off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent or playing a ball that rebounds, is deflected or is played to him from a deliberate save by an opponent).

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