Fitness Test Comments and Clarifications

By: John Puglisi, Chapter President

Our chapter’s initial fitness test for 2017 occurred on June 14, 2017 at Kellenberg H.S. in Uniondale, NY. Aside from a couple of minor technical problems with the timing gates on the sprint portion of the test, I was extremely pleased with the test experience. I was especially pleased with the obvious commitment by the members to physically prepare and train for the new test. The results were overwhelmingly positive for a test which is more challenging (in my opinion) than our prior NISOA fitness test. Great job by everyone who prepared and took this test seriously. Read the rest of this article »

2017 NISOA Soccer Rules Refresher Test

The 2017 NCAA Soccer Rules Test is now available on the NISOA Arbiter Central Hub. The test includes the mid-cycle rules changes approved by the NCAA in February 2017. Read the rest of this article »

2017 Chapter Meeting Schedule

The 2017 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 »

New NISOA Physical Performance Test for 2017

Please be aware that NISOA has changed the physical performance (fitness) test for all new and renewing members (including National Referees) effective immediately. The new test will be identical to the US Soccer Grade 6 physical performance test. Read the rest of this article »

Interview With Our Chapter President

Special thanks to John Vorperanian (host and creator of Beyond The Game), the staff at White Plains (NY) Community Media, Doug Ferguson (NISOA National Referee) of Neverends Productions for the YouTube upload and our own Randy Vogt for making this happen.

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Brian Dunn

Brian Dunn

Congratulations to Brian Dunn on his assignment as assistant referee in last night’s 2016 NCAA Men’s College Cup semifinal game between Stanford and North Carolina. Brian has also been selected for the Men’s College Cup final on December 11, 2016!

Brian has an an outstanding couple of years in MLS (2015 MLS All Star Game), USL (2016 Cup Final) and intercollegiate soccer.

We are very proud of Brian’s accomplishments. He is an excellent representative of our chapter.

NCAA Soccer Rule 6; Timing Sheets

A very diligent chapter member asked me last night about the requirement for teams to warm up in front of their bench prior to the match. The member went on to say that he’d read the entire rules book and the only place this requirement was mentioned was in the Recommended Timing Sheets embedded in Rule 6. There was clearly some confusion about what “Recommended” meant in that context, as in whether the timing sheets were required like a rule or a general guideline that could be followed or not followed based on the governing sports authority’s guidance.

In the case of the Recommended Timing Sheets, the activities indicated are required as a rule. Unless the NCAA Soccer Rules do not otherwise specify when the activity takes place, the timing of the activity is recommended. Rule 6.3.4 indicates game rosters are exchanged 30 minutes before kickoff and teams clear the field with the captains and officials meeting for the coin toss 10 minutes before kickoff. The timing of these activities is a rules requirement and can not be modified.

The 2014-2015 NCAA Soccer Rules first indicated the requirement that teams are to warm up in front of their bench on the Recommended Timing Sheets. The 2016-2017 NCAA Soccer Rules additionally indicate when the halftime interval must begin on the Recommended Timing Sheets (immediately when the first half ends). In summary, as you review the  Recommended Timing Sheets, consider the activities and the times indicated to be requirements just like any other rule.