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  • 10/20/2017

    The importance of referee positioning cannot be understated.  In order to make accurate decisions referees need to be in a position to accurately judge and “sell” fouls and key match incidents. When players and coaches see referees make crucial calls from close proximity they may be less likely to dispute the decision as much as when the referee is far from play.  Often times when calls are missed it is due to the referee not being in the optimum position in order to make correct calls.

    Good positioning comes down to:
    Reading the game

    The following four video clips are examples of excellent positioning from one of the top soccer referees in the country, Mr. Chico Grajeda.  In these examples you will see very good sprinting, high work rate, excellent proximity to the play, creating angles, and reading the next phase of play. 

    Click here to view the clips.

  • 10/12/2017

    Please click the VIDEO Tab to view new videos and instructions on Violent Behavior, Serious Foul Play, and Hair Pulling.

  • 10/6/2017

    Please click here to view the Vokkero Radio Communication Device PowerPoint presentation.

  • 9/29/2017

    Unlike some youth leagues across the country the NCAA rules prohibit a red carded player or a player who is serving a suspension to remain in the team bench area. The NCAA Rules state that an ejected player, coach, or other bench personnel shall leave the premises of the field of play to the point that, in the opinion of the referee, the individual shall not be a disruptive influence on further progress of the game. This means out of sight and sound of the field of play. Potential designated areas may include but not limited to: locker room, team bus, spectator area, stadium seating, etc. The key is that the individual is far enough away that they are not a disruptive influence on the game. Remaining in the immediate field area or team bench area is not an option. 

    Additionally, Rule 12.7.3 states that a player, coach or other bench personnel removed from the game and/or serving a game suspension shall be restricted to the spectator or designated area and prohibited from any communication or contact, direct or indirect, with the team, coaches and/or bench personnel from the start of the game to its completion, including halftime and overtime periods. 

  • 9/25/2017

    New Rule

    A player who has a permanent medical condition with the potential to produce serious injury or death through sustained physical exertion (e.g., sickle cell trait) may be substituted at any time when medically necessary and re-enter the game without the limitations imposed by Rule 3.6.1, which limits re-entry.

    To be eligible for this medical re-entry exception, the team physician must confirm the medical condition, its potential for producing serious injury or death, and the need for the player to be exempt from Rule 3.6.1. If the condition is established by a duly licensed physician other than the team physician, documentation must be provided to, and approved by, the institution’s team physician.  Prior to the start of any game, the primary athletics healthcare provider or designee (e.g., coach) shall present documentation to the game officials and opposing coach which establishes that the player has been granted a medical exception to the re-entry rule.

    When notified by the documented player, a coach, or the primary athletics healthcare provider that the player requires a substitute for medical reasons related to the identified condition, the referee shall stop the game and permit a substitution. Neither the player nor the substitute shall be charged with a substitution. However, if the documented player replaces a player other than the original substitute, that player shall be charged with a substitution. The documented player may re-enter the game (after being beckoned by the referee) at any stoppage of play or at any of the allowable times for normal substitution, provided they have received clearance from the institution’s primary athletics health care provider.

    This exception may not be used more than one time by an individual student-athlete in a single competition.

    Rationale:  At the request of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP), the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee reviewed the substitution and re-entry rules. CSMAS had concerns the current rules may deter a student-athlete from reporting an injury for fear of not being able to re-enter the game after being cleared by medical personnel. Similar to current Rule (bleeding injury, blood on the uniform or signs of a concussion), this proposal would allow a player who has a permanent medical condition with the potential to produce serious injury or death to be substituted for and re-enter after receiving clearance.

  • 9/18/2017

    As a reminder, referees are required to file the Red Card Form located on the NCAA Soccer Central Hub within 24 hours of the completion of the game. This report form is the process to alert institutions when a red card was given, and allow conferences to track red cards for their member institutions.  

    So far this year only 84% of red cards have been reported. This memo is to remind you to fill out the Red Card Form anytime an ejection is given, to ensure institutions and conferences are able to accurately track suspensions for their student-athletes.  

    Thank you in advance for your compliance in this area.

  • 7/10/2017

    Group Photo
    Rachel Woo presenting
    Ryan Cigich, Rick Eddy, Rich Grady and Mark Kadlecik presenting
  • 6/30/2017

    We are excited about the new season and look forward to the opportunities to communicate important soccer information with you this year on the NCAA Soccer Central Hub. 

    REGISTRATION is now available.  After registering, please visit the Center Circle Central Hub frequently to stay current on the latest soccer officiating news and information.  On the central hub, you will be able to read the latest rules interpretations from Ken Andres, Secretary-Rules Editor, bulletins from the National Coordinator, review VIDEO clips on correct application of the RULES AND MECHANICS, and click TESTING to take the test when available.

    New this year, the ArbiterMobile app is now available at no cost to NCAA registered officials. To download the app, please complete this season's PAVO or Non-PAVO officials' registration, and then click below.  Click here to read ArbiterMobile FAQs.

    As a reminder, the NCAA will host two soccer officiating seminars this summer that will provide educational opportunities for officials.  

    Saturday – July 8, 2017
    Indianapolis, IN – NCAA National Office
    8:30am – 4:00pm
    Presenters:  Ken Andres, Ryan Cigich, Rick Eddy, Rich Grady, Rachel Woo

    Saturday – August 5, 2017
    Glendora, CA (Southern California) – Citrus College
    8:30am – 4:00pm
    Presenters:  Ken Andres, Ryan Cigich, Sandy Hunt, Manny Ortiz, Paul Scott

    To register for an officiating seminar, please go to

    All the best this season!

    Ryan Cigich
    National Coordinator Men’s & Women’s Soccer Officials

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