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Welcome to the West Coast Intercollegiate Soccer Officials AssociationTerm (WCISOA), the Northern California Chapter of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association-> Site on Monday, May 29th, 2017.

Thank you for visiting our Site. Under INFORMATION, you can find out about us, find a listing of local college soccer matches via Match Inquiry, maps to soccer fields, direct links to schools we serve, contact with the members of the WCISOA Board, and get membership information, or check important Association meeting and event dates. New Member?

If you are a current WCISOATerm participant, you can access the secure portions of our SiteTerm by clicking on the Logon segment of the site.

And, if you cannot locate the information you are seeking about WCISOA on our Site, you can contact us as follows:

AssignorTerry Broderick
What's New!

2017 WCISOA Summer Clinic &
NISOA National Referee Academy&
Fun Run

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Las Positas College, Livermore, CA 94550

Note the date!

All WCISOA Members are expected to attend.

Fun Run warmup - 7AM
Run at 7:30AM
Bring a signed 2017 NISOA Fitness Waiver, found under Referee/Forms.

Parking is enforced on weekends, machines will take cash or cards - $2.

Clinic 9 AM - 4 PM
WCISOA will supply lunch.
The meeting will be in Room 2420
Go here for a map: More


2017 WCISOA Physical Testing

NISOA has adopted the USSF Standards and Fitness run for all collegiate chapters.

The new WCISOA are similar to those used by USSF/FIFA, but the WCISOA test are not Pass/Fail and instead uses a point system.

You are exempt from taking this test if you fall into either of the following two categories:
• CNRA (Cal North) Referee State 6 or higher that has taken and passed the USSF/FIFA Fitness Test for 2017.
• NISOA National Referee that has taken and passed the new NISOA physical fitness test.

Everyone else who want to be a member of WCISOA must take the new fitness test which consists of two testing events – Sprints, 10 minute break, Intervals:

Sprint Test
• 40 meter sprint followed by a recovery period after each of 6 sprints
• The total time for the 6 sprints will be used for assigning a point total.

Interval Test
• Participants run a maximum of forty (40) consecutive intervals
• An interval consists of one 75 m run (20 sec) with one 25 m recovery walk (20 sec)

At least 2 points must be earned in both of the tests combined in order to pass.

Bring a signed 2017 NISOA Fitness Waiver, found under Referee/Forms.

Look for 2017 WCISOA Physical Testing under Referee/Forms or Assessor/Form for more details at More



You can now contact your crew via Text and/or e-mail by using CrewMail.
To get text, you do need to set it up in your Profile under the Messaging tab.

Details can be found here: CrewMail..

Once you, and all of your fellow officials, have set up their Messaging tab, click the small envelope icon and then put the Match number in the small box, submit and then you can create the message to go to your crew, via e-mail and/or text. You will get a confirming e-mail or text. (Email works now but the officials need to set up the text message number for that to work. More




NCAA DIVISION I: Arrive at the game site a minimum of 90 minutes before the schedule kickoff time. Upon the crew's arrival, notify the home school's game management staff that you are on site. Field inspections are mandatory and the every member of the crew is expected to be in a NISOA uniform and on the field 30 minutes prior to the schedule kickoff time.

NCAA DIVISION II and III/NAIA: Arrive at the game site a minimum of 45-60 minutes before the schedule kickoff time. Upon the crew's arrival, notify the home school's game management staff that you are on site. Field inspections are mandatory and every member of the crew is expected to be in a NISOA uniform and on the field 30 minutes prior to the schedule kickoff time.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE JC: Arrive on the field a minimum of 45 minutes before the schedule kickoff time. Field inspections are mandatory. These games use the FIFA Laws of the game with the modifications posted on this web site. NISOA uniforms and badges are required.


A guide to the WCISOA.ORG is available under REFEREE:Forms & ASSESSOR:Forms.
There is a wealth of information about the website and WCISOA, while it was designed especially new members, it covers many items that come up as questions from all members.
How do I file a SendOff?
How do I request games?
What does my ranking mean? etc...
Even if you are a long term member, you should take a look at "WCISOA-How do I". More


Major Differences Between the Revised LOTG and the 2016 2017 NCAA Soccer Rules
Posted: 26 Aug 2016 12:35 PM PDT
By: Todd Abraham, NISOA Senior Director of Instruction

The IFAB has issued a series of documents outlining changes to the Laws of the Game effective June 1, 2016. The significant changes listed below do not currently apply to the NCAA rules:
• Change: The ball can be kicked in any direction, including backward, at kick-off (previously, the ball had to go forward first);
NCAA Rule: The NCAA rules still require that the ball be played forward at the kick-off. An incorrect kick-off (if the player kicks the ball into his / her own half of the field) requires a re-kick by the same team. Repeat violations may be cautioned. An illegal kick-off (touching the ball a second time before another player touches it) results in an indirect kick for the opponent.
Preventive officiating tip: If you see only one player standing over the ball at the kick-off remind the player the ball must go forward.

• Change: Players who are injured as a result of a red card/yellow card foul, now may be treated on the field by medical personnel and stay on the field (previously, any treatment by medical personnel required the player to leave the field and referee had to signal the player back on);
NCAA Rule: NCAA rules require that a player treated on the field must leave the field and may be substituted. There is a substitution exception for this situation, however, the player must leave the field.

• Change: Not all fouls that deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity will result in a red card (send-off offense), but rather, depending on the circumstances, the player may be shown a yellow card if the offense is within an opponent’s penalty area.
NCAA Rule: NCAA rules have no such exception. Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity is an offense that requires an ejection whether it occurs in the penalty area or outside the penalty area.

The NCAA and IFAB are fully aligned on all offside interpretations and restarts.
It is critical that all NISOA referees apply the NCAA rules to collegiate matches. The changes cited above are not implemented for NCAA matches.

(NOTE: The LOTG do apply to all 2 year schools.) More


Rules for Community Colleges

CCCAA playing rules for soccer regular conference games.
These rules apply to all Junior College matches.
(Do Not Use NCAA Playing Rules.)

4.2.8 SOCCER
A. All conference competition contests shall be played under current Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Laws with the following modifications:

1. Unlimited substitutions are permitted and shall be made only during the following: kickoffs, goal kicks, your own throw-ins, your own corner kicks, cautions (yellow cards), injuries, or any time the other team substitutes.
2. An unlimited number of players are permitted on the team roster. For soccer, all disqualifications (including those not covered under Bylaw 4) are subject to a one (1)-game suspension.
3. A game shall include two (2) 45-minute halves.
4 Once an official halts play due to an injury, the attending medical personnel will assume authority regarding the disposition of the injured player.
5. Referees shall show yellow and red cards issued to coaches for misconduct.
6. The center official is required to notify both coaches as to the amount of stoppage time added for both halves.

There is No Overtime for regular season games. More


2016-2017 NCAA Soccer Rules

The two year NCAA Soccer Rules book is available as a pdf,
for Referees under Referee/Forms,and
for Assessors under Assessor/Forms.

These Rules apply to all 4 year schools we assign.

JC's, Community Colleges, all two year schools use
a modified version of the 2016 LOTG. More


The 2016-2017 NCAA Soccer Rules Interpretations are available under Referee:Forms or Assessor:Forms. They can also be downloaded at>>> More


The 2016 Comparative Guide for NCAA Rules/NFHS Rules/FIFA LOTG is available as a pdf file. It lists most differences between FIFA/NCAA/NFHS Rules (Laws). It reflects the status as of May 1, 2016. It is available on NISOA.COM and you can view the 2016 SoccerGuide NISOA at REFEREE:Forms or ASSESSORS:Forms More


CCCAAA Zero Tolerance, Sportsmanship Letter

The Letter from CCCAA clearly states that NO Profane or Vulgar language is to be permitted, from coaching staff or from players. This applies to all Junior College matches. NO audible profanity, displays of vulgarity and unsportsmanlike conduct by student athletes and athletic game personnel is acceptable. The letter states that the guilty person is to be Sent Off, no prior Caution. Recommendation: Remind coaches prior to every game.

Teams in the Big 8 need a Big 8 Decorum report in addition to the send off.
Both are found under Referee:Misconduct. More


The NCAA Soccer Rules Committee has agreed with the interpretation that drones may not be used to monitor or record intercollegiate soccer games because they are not considered to be the type of "electronic device" contemplated by Rule 12.14.2, which permits enhanced communication between members of the on-site coaching staff. More


Pacific West Conference

Pacific West Conference games are listed on two web sites. All games must be Accepted/Declined on both web sites.

If you are assigned a home match for 1) Academy of ART, 2) Dominican University, 3) Holy Names University, or 4) Notre Dame De Namur, you will be assigned on WCISOA.ORG and on the ArbiterSports/California Collegiate Referee site. You must confirm on both.
The Pac West Commissioner requires that all assigned officials have a photo on the site which shows a clear picture of your face, please take care of this. More


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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WCISOA


"The College Pitch" Vol.2, the occasion WCISOA Newsletter is available under Referee:Forms More