Soft set theory, proposed by Molodtsov, has been regarded as an effective mathematical tool to deal with uncertainties. In this paper, first we correct some of the problematic cases in a previous paper by Aktas and Cagman [H. Aktas, N. Cagman, Soft sets and soft groups, Inf. Sci. 177 (2007) 2726-2735]. Moreover, we introduce the concepts of normalistic soft group and normalistic soft group homomorphism, study their several related properties, and investigate some structures that are preserved under normalistic soft group homomorphisms. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.