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 17. 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 November 1. Thank you!
One of the challenges referees face throughout the college soccer season is understanding and applying the NCAA Soccer Rules particularly in areas that differ from other governing bodies like US Soccer or the NFHSAA. NISOA continually emphasizes the importance of understanding intercollegiate soccer match reporting requirements especially where player eligibility issues (a significant source of protests) are involved. Read the rest of this article »
During the chapter meeting last night, we discussed the circumstances and procedures regarding a player who sustained an apparent head injury which required the match to be stopped so the player could receive medical attention. Read the rest of this article »
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.