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College: NISOA

resources & instruction

These resources contain information and tools needed by National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) referees, assistant referees, and 4th officials officiating Collegiate matches for the 2021 Fall Season.

NISOA: Governing Body for College Officials

NCAA-approved rules changes, Fall 2021
  • Restarts (Rules,, and 2.3). Changes the restart procedures for when a ball is in and outside the penalty area.
  • Handling the Ball (Rule Defines and outlines handling the ball offenses.
  • Violent Behavior I and II and Fighting (Rules, and Redefines the fighting rule and creates a violent behavior I and II red card to better categorize violent actions.
  • Free Kicks (Rules 13.2.2 and 13.2.3). Changes how free kicks are taken.
  • Penalty Kicks (Rule 14.2.3). Clarifies positioning of the goalkeeper during penalty kicks and adds a penalty for violation.
  • Goal Kicks (Rules 16.2.1 through 16.2.4). Changes how goal kicks are taken.

Revisions are described in detail in the 2020-21 Major Rules Changes.

Box folder for college soccer

Go to the "NISOA" folder in Box

  • Rules Changes / Interpretations
  • GIC-NISOA Rules Meeting Information / Handouts
  • Comparative Study of Rules and Laws
  • 4th Official Guide / Match Form
  • Overviews of Diagonal and Dual Systems of Control
  • Assistant Referee Refresher

Visit the NISOA website for additional information posted during the season.