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NJSIAA Points of Emphasis

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2020 NJSIAA Sample Recertification Exam

As per the NJSIAA/NJSOA, all soccer officials are required to complete and pass the online recertification exam. Passing score is 84% (42/50). The exam MUST be taken and passed online, there is no other option. There is no in class “paper” exam, and no remedial classes offered. The exam is totally online.

The test is based on a pool of 100 questions, which can be downloaded from the Online Test link or the link below. 

The Soccer Recertification Exam will be online and open through 11:59 PM on July 31. You will have up to THREE (3) attempts to record the correct answers. 

Except as noted, the exam is based on the 2020-21 NFHS rules. Answer the questions as if you are a referee in New Jersey, which means using the NJ Modifications (from the previous year is fine) and the NJSIAA Handbook (last year's version is also fine). 

The exam is not meant to be an exercise in vocabulary or the English language/grammar, the questions are not designed to be tricky ....do not read into questions or create “what if” scenarios. For each question there is only one correct answer. 

To access the Exam:

  • Log into your ZebraWeb account. 

  • Switch to “New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association | NJSIAA ” 

  • At the top, click “Documents” 

  • On the dropdown list, Scroll over “Online Test” then (to the right), Scroll over “Online Soccer Test” Then to the right click on “Online Test” again 

There are also 5 documents on the Test instruction page for you to download to assist you with the exam: 

There you will find for download: 

  • The 100 question 2020 exam 

  • 2019 NJ Modifications 

  • NJSIAA 2019-20 Officials Handbook 

  • The 2020-21 Rules Changes 

  • NJSIAA Crowd Control Handbook 

For those who are new or for any reason do not have last year’s Rules book, the 2019-2020 Rules book can be accessed on the Central Hub: 

  • Top left, “NFHS Home” 

  • Top Tab “Publications” 

  • “Soccer Publications” 

  • You can then access the 2019-2020 Rules Book and/or the Case Book.

To access the sample exam, click on the following link: 

2020 NJSIAA Sample Recertification Exam

NJSIAA Officials Handbook

2019- 20 NJSIAA Officials Handbook

NFHS Soccer Rules Changes

2020- 21 NFHS Soccer Rules Changes

NJSIAA Crowd Control Handbook

2019- 20 NJSIAA Crowd Control Handbook

DQ Reporting Procedure

2018- 19 NJSIAA DQ Reporting Procedure

NFHS Soccer - Points of Emphasis

2020- 21 Points of Emphasis

NJSIAA Rules Modifications

 2018 NJSIAA Rules Modifications

Educational Topics From Past Meetings

Below you will find PDF files of the Topics from the Educational Meetings.  Just click on the topic and it will take you to a PDF.

Dual System of Control

Dealing With Coaches and the Bench

Managing Goal-Keepers

The Use of Elbows

Guidelines for Thunder-Lightning Safety

The NJSIAA has changed their policy on how we are to deal with thunder and lightning.  The previous "flash to bang" count is no longer to be used.

  • Criteria for Suspension and Resumption of Activity

    Once lightning has been recognized or thunder heard, the game must be suspended immediately with all players, coaches, spectators, and officials directed to appropriate shelters.

    After the suspension, the plan should include strict, documented criteria for the resumption of activities. It is mandatory to wait at least 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning is witnessed or thunder is heard. Any subsequent lightning orthunder after the beginning of the 30-minute count should reset the clock and another count should begin. 

  • Please check the 2019-2020 NJSIAA Handbook for Officials, pages 18-20 for more information.


2020 Cadet Training Material

Rule 1 -The Field of Play

Rule 2 - The Ball

Rule 4 - Player Equipment

Rule 6 - Ball Holders

Rule 7 - Duration of the Game

Rule 8 - The Start of Play

Rule 9 - Ball In and Out of Play

Rule 10 - Scoring

Rule 13 - Free Kick

Rule 14 - Penalty Kick

Rule 15 - Throw in

Rule 16 - Goal Kick

Rule - 17 Corner Kick