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    Football is a global sport and its rules must be interpreted and applied with absolute consistency wherever the game is played. FIFA therefore has a policy of ongoing training for its referees to ensure that refereeing standards continue to improve and the Laws of the Game are applied the same way everywhere.

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    1. The NISL Rules are on the web site @ or every coach, assistant coach, administrator and parent need to be familiar with all the rules and regulations.
    2. Home and Away coaches must inspect the goals before the start of every game and practice to make sure they are anchored properly.  Coaches must sign the Referee Report/Game Roster Sheet.  Failure to do so could result in a $1000 fine.

    Referee Report/Game Roster Sheet.

    1. Home and Away team print off their own team’s game roster on the computer. Game # will print and your own team’s roster of players, this should be done weekly. Make sure you have the correct game.  Home and Away coach give game roster forms to the Referee at the game.
    2. If you cannot access your team’s information, contact your Club Rep. for a log in. or call the Office for help. 847-398-4545

    Players Passes:

    1. All Players must have an NISL pass to play. Additions must be done in advance of Sundays Games. Upload birth certificate in the Bonzi system.
    2. Players can be added on line, non-registered players up to June 15th of each year.    Transfers between clubs - releases will be done at the end of the Fall season, transfers are allowed between 1st December to March 1st 
    3. Add the players to your team in the computer; put the appropriate picture of the players. Upload birth certificate in the Bonzi system. Dropped players must be done by the League office, mail in the players pass with the “Players Transfer/Release form and the fee.   Do not give to the player.
    4. Guest Players traveling to tournaments need permission from their coach, and a coach’s signature on a Guest Player Form.

    NISL Referee Assignment and Payment Structure

    • U7, U8, U9 & U10 Conference Level and Club Level:
      • Club Assignor assigns Center Referee
      • NISL pays for Center Referee
      • No AR’s required in NISL Club Level and NISL Conference Level
    • U11-U14 NISL Club and Conference Levels:
      • Club Assignor assigns Center Referee and AR’s
      • Club is responsible for scheduling and paying AR’s for all U11 through U19 games.
      • NISL pays for Center Referee
    • U12-U14 Championship Levels:
      • Club Assignor assigns Center Referee & AR’s (ALL 3 REFEREES MUST BE CERTIFIED)
      • NISL pays for Center Referee & AR’s

    LEAGUE PLAY -    3 points = win, 1 point = tie, 0 points = Loss

    Re-scheduled games - Home Team must notify the Referee Assignor and email the NISL for updating change on the web site.  Form for Change of Game Click Here


    • N.I.S.L. Rescheduling Policy

      - All rescheduled games must be submitted into the league office 5 days prior to the previously agreed upon time.
      - Any game not submitted within the 5 day window will incur a $60 fine.
      - The new rescheduled game date must give the assignor 2 weeks in which to assign referees.

      - Any game that needs to be rescheduled due to an “Act of God” that is out of the team’s hands (ex: Weather, Field Closures, etc.) is not subject to fine and will be allowed, provided the teams agree to a new game date within 5 days of canceling.

      - As the league office is not open on the weekends, if you need to cancel a game due to an “Act of God,” the first priority is to confirm the cancellation with your opposing team and the home team’s referee assignor. After confirmation, please send an email complete with the Game ID # to so the league has a record of the cancellation.

    DIVISION SCORES - Scores for games can be entered in on line by the referee or either team through Team Bonzi. To learn How Click Here


    Insurance Claims must be done for players within 60 Days, Insurance forms on the web site at go to the Downloads on the front page click on Injury Insurance Procedure form – fax or scan to US Club site given on the form. Medical Coverage is provided as a secondary insurance.


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    A simple outline of the main FIFA changes /clarifications.

    Law 01 – The Field of Play

    • Artificial and natural surfaces may not be combined on the field

    • Competitions may determine field size for their competitions (within Law)

    • All commercial advertising on the ground must be at least 1m (1yd) from boundary lines

    • Logos/emblems of FAs, competitions etc... allowed on corner flags (no advertising)

    Law 02 – The Ball

    • None

    Law 03 – The Players (new title)

    • A match may not start/continue if a team has fewer than 7 players

    • Substitutes may take a restart but must first step onto the field

    • Clarifies situation when a player is sent off before/after kick-off

    • Direct FK (or penalty) if a substitute/team official interferes with play

    • If something/someone (other than a player) touches a ball as it goes into the goal the referee can award the goal if the touch had no impact on the defenders

    • If a goal is scored with an extra person on the field and referee has restarted play the goal stands and match continues

    • Laws of the Game 2016/17 | Law changes 2016 / 17

    • Outline summary of Law changes

    Law 04 – The Players’ Equipment

    • Any tape or other material on/covering socks must be same colour as the sock

    • Player losing footwear/shinguard accidentally can play on until next stoppage

    • Undershorts must be color of shorts or hem; team must all wear same color

    • Electronic communication with substitutes is forbidden

    • Player can return during play after changing/correcting equipment, once equipment has been checked (by referee, fourth official or AR) and referee signals

    Law 05 – The Referee

    • Decision can not be changed if play restarted or referee has left the field (HT+FT)

    • If several offences occur at the same time the most serious is punished

    • Referee can send a player off from pre-match pitch inspection onwards

    • Referee can only use RC + YC after entering the field at start of the match

    • Player injured by RC/YC foul can be quickly assessed/ treated and stay on field

    • The equipment a referee can or may be allowed to use

    • Diagrams of referee signals included (from Guidelines section)

    Law 06 – The Other Match Officials (new title)

    • More details about the duties of the assistants, AARs, fourth official

    • Diagrams of assistant referee signals included (from Guidelines section)

    Law 07 – The Duration of the Match

    • More reasons for additional time (e.g. medical drinks breaks)

    Law 08 – The Start and Restart of Play

    • All restarts included (previously only kick-off and dropped ball)

    • Ball must clearly move to be in play for all kicked restarts

    • Ball can be kicked in any direction at kick-off (previously had to go forward)

    • Referee can not ‘manufacture’ outcome of a dropped ball

    Law 09 – The Ball in and out of Play

    • If a ball rebounds off a match official it is in play unless it has wholly passed over a boundary line

    Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match (new title)

    Kicks from the penalty mark:

    • Referee will toss a coin to choose the goal (unless weather, safety, etc.)

    • Player temporarily off the field (e.g. injured) at final whistle can take part

    • Both teams must have same number of players before and during the kicks

    • Clear statement of when a kick is over

    • Kicks not delayed if player leaves the field; if not back in time kick is forfeited

    Law 11 – Offside

    • Halfway line ‘neutral’ for offside; player must be in opponents’ half

    • Players’ arms not considered when judging offside position (including goalkeeper)

    • Offside FK always taken where offence occurs (even in own half)

    • Defender off the field only ‘active’ until defending team clear ball or play stops

    • As above for attacker returning; before that re-entry point is the offside position

    Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

    • Foul with contact is a direct FK

    • Advantage for a RC – indirect FK if offender then gets involved in play

    • Change of wording for handball so that not every handball is a YC

    • Some DOGSO offences in the penalty area are punished with a YC

    • Attempted violent conduct is a RC, even if no contact

    • Striking on head/face when not challenging an opponent is a RC (unless negligible)

    • Offence against substitutes, team officials, match officials etc. is now a direct FK

    • Foul off the field penalized with a direct FK on boundary line (penalty in own penalty area)

    • Laws of the Game 2016/17 | Law changes 2016 / 17

    Law 13 – Free Kicks

    • Difference between ‘stopping’ a FK and ‘intercepting’ the ball after FK taken

    Law 14 –The Penalty Kick

    • Indirect FK + YC if wrong player deliberately takes the penalty

    • Indirect FK if ball kicked backwards

    • If ‘illegal’ feinting occurs it is always an indirect FK (and YC)

    • Goalkeeper YC if infringes and PK is retaken

    Law 15 – The Throw-in

    • New wording makes it clear that ball must be thrown with both hands

    Law 16 – The Goal Kick

    • If GK kicked into own goal it is a corner kick to opponents

    • An opponent in the penalty area when the goal kick is taken can not play the ball first

    Law 17 – The Corner Kick

    • If CK kicked into own goal it is a corner kick to opponents

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