Requirements to become a College Soccer Official
NISOA New Member Registration
Procedures [Policy Code # 900.4]
REQUIREMENTS: All members must make application through a local chapter or
* Must submit three letters of recommendation: two from NISOA members in good
standing with at least five years experience of officiating and one from a
College coach, NISOA Assessor or NISOA Clinician.
* Must pass the NISOA Qualifying Exam by 75% and the NISOA Entry Level Physical
Performance Test. * Must have at least three years of game experience at the
High School level or higher.
* Must have officiated as a referee in at least 25 games at the high school,
amateur or professional level.
* Must have officiated the required games under the approved officiating systems
* Must pass two field performance assessments using the approved NISOA officiating
systems (one as referee, and one as assistant referee). All assessments must
be done by certified NISOA Assessors (local, regional, national). Each assessment
must be at the high school level or higher. The NISOA Referee Training Camp
is acceptable for all testing listed above for the new applicant.
* Must pass the NISOA Physical Fitness Standards as administered by an authorized
* Must pass the NISOA Medical Physical Exam and return an accompanying NISOA
statement which explains the referee's field capabilities, signed by the physician
thus acknowledging an understanding of these activities.
* Must, once the initial application and game experience has been submitted
to the chapter, complete all of the above requirements within six months of
the initial date of application.
* Must submit all fees and dues (local, national, and new member uniform kit)
with the application form. Three individual checks are to be made payable,
one each, to the Local Chapter, NISOA, and OSI.
* At the discretion of the local NISOA Chapter, the local applicant may be
placed on probation for two years during which two field performance assessments
each year must be made and passed.
* Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
* An applicant is eligible to take a Fitness Test and/or the written Exam
twice within the months of November-December; January-August 31.
Adopted: August 7, 1982.
Revised in the following: October 11, 1983; August 4, 1984; July 25, 1992;
July 22, 1994; July 25, 1998.