NISOA is always actively seeking qualified soccer officials to join our organization to serve intercollegiate soccer. We require at least three years of officiating experience at the high school level or higher with particular emphasis on demonstrated experience and capability with the diagonal system of control. All prospective candidates must apply through a local chapter so visit our chapter locator page and find the nearest local NISOA chapter to contact about membership.
Please visit our FAQ page for a complete list of membership requirements and get started on your way to becoming a NISOA member.
NISOA announced new physical performance test events for new members, renewing members and National Referees in January 2017. New test data recording forms, including a new medical examination/waiver form have been developed and are now available for chapter leadership to download. The zip file (link below) also includes audio files that can be used to administer the high intensity run. Click here to watch a video (or download a PowerPoint presentation) describing test administration.
In 1963, a small group of mostly college coaches met in New York City to discuss the need to improve the quality of soccer officiating at the intercollegiate level. This was the genesis of NISOA. In 1964, there was an organizational meeting and Jim Walder, Philadelphia, PA, was elected as the first president. Long time legend of NISOA, Harry Rogers, Philadelphia, PA was first vice-president. The membership totaled 184. In 1966, Dr. Raymond Bernabei was asked to be the National Examiner and he developed the first formal criteria for membership in NISOA. By 1968, 32 test centers were established around the country to administer the entrance examination.
The 1970’s began with the first National Clinic being held at Ohio Wesleyan. At the same time, NISOA began establishing relationships with the NSCAA, NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, NCCAA and NIRSA . NISOA became partners with the various organization tournament selection committees. In 1973, the first five year plan was presented by President Raymond Bernabei which established a National Convention, Entry Level Standards, International Exchange Program, Policy Manual, Fiscal Management, National Academy for Referee Training and more.
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The National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) is an organization of more than 5,000 soccer officials which trains, certifies and provides qualified soccer referees for the college soccer community throughout the country. The mission of NISOA is to assist in the development of soccer as a major sport in the United States and to improve the quality of officiating at the college and high school levels.Our goals are: