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Rules & Regulations

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Clarifying when and how coaches can communicate with players highlighted the high school soccer rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January 21-23 meeting in Indianapolis. These changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 

Effective with the 2013-14 season, coaches and players can communicate during a stoppage of play for an injury. Rule 3-3-1c(1) still requires a coach or appropriate health-care professional to have the approval of the referee before entering the field; however, teams may now huddle and receive coaching instruction during the stoppage, which previously was prohibited.

Another change in regard to communication involves electronic devices. While using electronic communication devices to communicate with on-field players is still prohibited, the use of electronic devices on the sideline is allowed. 

“If a coach is on the bench and wants to use a tablet-type device to video and then at halftime show the players the rights and wrongs, they are able to do that,” said Mark Koski, NFHS director of sports and events and liaison to the Soccer Rules Committee. 

Koski said the previous rule banned all communication devices, including cell phones, from the sideline. If such devices were found, a caution could have been issued.

Another of the seven rules changes involves the intentional fouling of a player who has an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. The new rule states that if a player commits a foul while attempting to deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the goal is scored, that player will be issued a yellow card. If the foul is considered serious foul play, however, the player will still be issued a red card. 

If a goal is not scored, the player who committed the foul will be issued a red card.

“The committee doesn’t want to penalize a team twice for the same play by having the goal scored against them, then to lose a player,” Koski said. “On the other hand, when a red card is issued when the shot is missed, the team is still suffering just a single blow.”

Revisions to two rules now require players to check in with the scorer/timer — or the referee if there is not a scorer/timer in place — prior to entering the game when a goal is scored or when a player is injured and removed from the field. After checking in, the player must wait until he or she is beckoned onto the field by the referee.

“This rule helps with game organization and allows officials to know who the players of record are,” Koski said. 

At the start of the half, the players can enter the field of play without being beckoned by an official. 

Another rules change for 2013-14 involves uniforms, specifically the use of tape on socks. Rule 4-1-1c requires both socks to be the same color and consist of a single dominant color. The change results in the use of tape that is applied outside of the sock, which now must be a similar color to the area of the sock to which it is applied.

The Soccer Rules Committee also approved a change to the definition of the “Free Kick.” The committee agreed that just tapping the top of the ball was not “putting it in play.” For the ball to be considered “in play,” it must be kicked and move.

Soccer is the fifth-most popular sport for boys and fourth among girls at the high school level. According to the 2011-12 High School Athletics Participation Survey, 411,757 boys are involved in soccer and 370,975 girls participate in the sport.


2013-14 Soccer Rules Changes

RULES CHANGES 

3-3-2b(1): During a dead ball as the result of an injury, either or both coaches can now give coaching instruction to his/her team.

3-3-2 (new) and 3-4-1b: Before they enter the field, substitutes must be beckoned onto the field by the referee except at the start of a period.

4-1-1c: Clarifies that tape applied to the socks cannot change the basic color of the socks.

12-8-1e: The use of electronic communication devices is allowed in the bench area. These devices, however, cannot be used to communicate with athletes on the field during the game.

12-8-1f(14) (new): An unsuccessful attempt to deny an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by a foul (i.e., a goal is scored anyway) is now  unsporting conduct and a caution (yellow card). Previously, this was a disqualification (red card).

12-8-2d(2): A successful attempt to deny an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by a foul (goal is not scored) is still serious foul play and a disqualification (red card).

18-1-1n: This change defines that on a free kick the ball has not been properly kicked into play when a player merely taps or steps on the top of the ball with his/her foot. The ball must now also move.

EDITORIAL CHANGES 

Soccer Field Diagram: Except as specifically stated in the rules, information on field diagrams in this book is suggestive only; it is not required by NFHS rules. The construction and layout of all courts and fields used for high school competition are subject to any controlling laws and building codes, and to the sound judgment of the persons in charge of the facilities. 

2-2-5:  Shift NFHS Authenticating Mark examples below Rule 2-2-5 

3-1-3:  Each team shall submit a team roster, containing the first and last names and numbers of all players, and substitutes, all bench personnel and all coaches, to the officials at least five minutes prior to the start of the contest. The game shall not begin until this is complete. Players, substitutes, numbers, bench personnel and coaches may be added to the roster after the start of play. Goalkeepers may have two numbers listed on the roster, a goalkeeper’s number and a field player’s number. 

3-3-7:  A team that elects or is required to play shorthanded for reasons other than misconduct may have the player(s) re-enter the game during a dead ball. 

3-3-8:  A team which starts a game with fewer than 11 players, but at least seven players, may have its additional player(s) enter the game during a dead ball provided that the names of the additional players are on the team roster (3-1-3). 

3-3-3 Situation B:  Goalkeeper A fouls Opponent B in the penalty area resulting in a Situation B penalty kick for Team B. Goalkeeper A is disqualified for committing serious foul play. Team A is permitted to substitute a goalkeeper from the bench but must have a field player leave the field. RULING: Team A must play short due to the disqualification (12-8-2) but must have a goalkeeper (3-1-1). 

3-4-1 Situation A:  Substitute A12 reports to the scorer as the kickoff takes place. Eight minutes elapse before the first opportunity for a substitution occurs. The referee beckons A12 on the field; however, A12 is withdrawn by the coach of Team A. RULING:Substitute A12 is now a player because he/she was beckoned onto the field by the referee; therefore, player A12 must enter the game once beckoned. 

3-5:  Change title to: SECTION 5 GOALKEEPER CHANGE 

3-6:  Change title to: SECTION 6 EXCESSIVE PLAYER SUBSTITUTIONS 

4-2-5, Note:  NOTE: Each state association may, in keeping with applicable laws, authorize exceptions to NFHS playing rules to provide reasonable accommodations to individual participants with disabilities and/or special needs, as well as those individuals with unique and extenuating circumstances. The accommodations should not fundamentally alter the sport, heighten risk to the athlete/others or place opponents at a disadvantage. 

5-2-2d(4):  Inquire of each head coach whether each of his/her players will be properly and legally equipped at the kickoff. Any questions regarding legality of a player’s equipment shall be determined by the head referee, or the center referee in a game officiated using the double-dual system of officiating. 

5-3-1 Situation A:  During a shot on goal, B2, in the penalty area, reaches out and deflects the ball. Just as B2 deflects the ball with the hands, A2 kicks the free ball and (a) it goes into the goal; (b) does not go into the goal. RULING: In (a), award a goal and caution B2 for unsporting conduct; in (b) call handling, award a penalty kick, and disqualify B2 for serious foul play. (12-8-1-f13, 14), (12-8-2-d1), (14-1-1) 

12-4-2, Note:  Delete Note 

12-4-3:  The goalkeeper in possession of the ball shall not be interfered with or impeded in any manner by an opponent. This includes the act of bouncing the ball or dropping the ball for a kick or attempting to throw the ball or tossing the ball in the air to recatch. When goalkeepers put the ball on the ground, they relinquish their privileges as goalkeepers. 

12-7-2 Situation:  An attacking player takes a shot on goal which (a) goes directly at the goalkeeper, who is able to deflect it to the ground so he can dribble it with the feet to the edge of the penalty area and then pick the ball up with his hands to distribute; or (b) the goalkeeper must dive in order to reach the ball, deflect it away from the goal, then scramble to pick it up with his hands to distribute. RULING: In (a) Illegal. Goalkeeper is penalized for infringing when he/she picks up the ball with the hands after parrying; in (b) legal. The deflection is not considered a parry. 

12-7-4 Situation:  On a throw-in, player A throws the ball (a) directly to his/her own Situation goalkeeper A within the penalty area who touches the ball with the hands; (b) to a teammate who heads the ball to his/her own goalkeeper within the penalty area who picks the ball up with the hands; (c) the ball is thrown to his/her own goalkeeper outside the penalty area by a teammate. The goalkeeper traps the ball with the feet and dribbles it into the penalty area where it is picked up. RULING: In (a), an indirect free kick is awarded to the opponent; in (b), there has been no violation; in (c) illegal. Award an indirect kick to opponent at spot of touching. 

12-8-2 Situation B:  Player A2 dribbles along the goal line into the penalty area. The goalkeeper comes out of the goal mouth to challenge A2. A2 pushes the ball by the goalkeeper and steps off the field to go around the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper then steps off the field and violently contacts A2 to prevent A2 from completing the play. RULING: The referee must stop play, disqualify the goalkeeper for exhibiting violent conduct and restart play with an indirect free kick from the location of the ball at the stoppage or the goal area line as appropriate. 

13-2-4 (new):  If a direct or indirect free kick taken from outside a team’s penalty area goes untouched into a team’s own goal, a corner kick shall be awarded to the opposing team. 

18-1-1e:  DEAD BALL – A term used to indicate a time when the ball is out-of-play. A goal can never be scored while the ball is dead. A restart can never be changed due to what occurs during a dead ball. 

Rules Comparison:  The 2013-14 rules book will contain an updated comparison of the major differences among NFHS and NCAA rules and FIFA laws. 

POINTS OF EMPHASIS 

1. Goalkeeper Injury:  The official may stop the clock to check on the injured goalkeeper during a game. If a coach or appropriate health-care professional are not permitted on the field, the goalkeeper may stay in the game. 

2. Excessive Player Substitutions:  When a team repeatedly substitutes to consume time, a referee shall order the timer to stop the clock during such substitutions and shall notify the coach of the offending team. A repetition may be construed as unsporting conduct. 

3. Required Equipment:  The home team shall wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks with shorts of any color. When tape or similar material is applied on any sock, it must be similar in color to the sock. This will help create less confusion which is the intent of the new uniform regulation. 

4. Penalty Kick:  The rule reads: “Once the kicker starts his/her approach toward the ball, he/she may not interrupt his/her movement.” A stutter step is not permitted, and the action must be continuous forward motion throughout the approach. 

5. Concussion Management:  The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee has noted an increase in reported and diagnosed concussions in the 2011-2012 National High School Sports Related Injury Surveillance Study. The position of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee is that no athlete should return to play or practice on that same day after suffering a concussion. Studies have shown medical professionals that the school-aged brain does not recover quickly enough for an interscholastic athlete to return to activity in such a short time. No athlete should return to sport or other at-risk participation when symptoms of concussion are present and recovery is ongoing. Please see the “NFHS Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion” at www.nfhs.org for further information. (See Page 109)
 

SITUATION 1: A referee inspecting the field prior to the game detects (a) a center circle spot 9 inches in diameter; (b) an “X” intersecting the halfway line; (c) no mark other than the halfway line. RULING: Legal in (a) and (b); illegal in (c).  (1.2.4 Situation)
NOTE: Referee should notify home institution to correct the situation, but should not delay the start of play.

SITUATION 2: Player A is injured while on the field and play is stopped. Both teams substitute three players from the bench before play resumes. RULING: Illegal. Unlimited substitutions are permitted but the substitutes must check in and be beckoned in by the referee as per Rule 3-4-1a.  (3.3.2 Situation A)

SITUATION 3: A goal is scored and Team A elects to substitute four players from the bench without being beckoned by the referee.RULING: Illegal. All players must report per 3-4-1a and be beckoned by the referee. (3.3.2 Situation B)

SITUATION 4: Player A fouls Opponent B in the penalty area, resulting in a penalty kick for Team B. Player A is disqualified for receiving a second caution. Player B leaves the game due to an injury, or because of communicable disease concerns. (a) The substitute for Player B takes the penalty kick; (b) Player A is a goalkeeper and a substitute replaces him/her but a field player must leave the field. RULING: (a) Incorrect procedure. A substitute entering the game shall not take the penalty kick. (b) Legal.  (3.3.3 Situation A)

SITUATION 5: Goalkeeper A fouls Opponent B in the penalty area resulting in a penalty kick for Team B. Goalkeeper A is disqualified for committing serious foul play. Team A is permitted to substitute a goalkeeper from the bench but must have a field player leave the field. RULING: Team A must play short due to the disqualification of the goalkeeper (12-8-2) but must have a goalkeeper (3-1-1).  (3.3.3 Situation B)

SITUATION 6: An official observes a direct free kick foul by the defense in the penalty area, blows the whistle, stops play and indicates a penalty kick; the official simultaneously indicates an injured player and issues a caution for persistent infringement to the player committing the foul. The coaches, having no players at the scorer’s table, send substitutes from the bench to the scorer’s table to be beckoned in. RULING: Legal. The injured player and cautioned player must be removed. The penalty kick must be taken by a player who was a player at the time the whistle stopped play. (3.3.3 Situation C)

SITUATION 7: The goalkeeper goes down after making a save and remains motionless for a few seconds with the ball in his possession. The official stops the clock to determine if the goalkeeper is injured. After examining the goalkeeper, it is determined that he/she is able to continue play immediately and no attendants have been beckoned. Removal is not mandatory and play will start with an indirect free kick. RULING: Legal. (3.3.3 Situation D)

SITUATION 8: Player A2 is issued a yellow card for misconduct and makes a profane remark to the referee: (a) the substitute has not been beckoned onto the field; (b) the substitute has been beckoned onto the field. RULING: (a) A2 is issued a red card and the team plays short; (b) A2 is issued a red card and the substitute is allowed to participate.  (3.3.3 Situation E)

SITUATION 9: Players A2 and B2 hit heads in attempting to head the ball and both are injured. In the opinion of the referee, player A2 was unconscious for a short period of time. RULING: Player A2 shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional.  (3.3.3 Situation F)

SITUATION 10: Player A2 goes down and is apparently injured. Following a preliminary examination, the official stops the clock and beckons A2’s coach or athletic trainer onto the field to attend to the injured player, but they refuse to comply. RULING: The injured player must be removed and may be replaced.  (3.3.3 Situation G)

SITUATION 11: Player A2 (a) is injured and attended to on the field; (b) is issued a yellow card for a cautionable offense. Although in both instances Player A2 must leave the field, Team A coach elects to play one player short until A2 or substitute is ready to return. RULING: Legal.  (3.3.3 Situation H)

SITUATION 12: Player A2 is injured. After examining Player A2, the referee stops the clock and beckons A2’s coach or athletic trainer onto the field to attend to the injured player. (a) Athletic trainer for Team A attends to the injured player while Coach A gives instruction to players on the field; (b) Coach A attends to the injured player and gives instruction as she/he walks out and back; (c) opposing Coach B calls his team to the sideline and gives instruction to the team; (d) Coach A, while on the sideline, calls for a substitute for A2 and gives instruction to the substitute. RULING: Legal in (a), (b), (c) and (d). (3.3.3 Situation I)

SITUATION 13: Player A2 leaves the field due to an injury and the team elects to play shorthanded. After the game has been restarted, (a) Player A12 replaces Player A2; (b) Player A2 re-enters the field. RULING: (a) Player A12 may enter the game only at the next legal substitution opportunity; (b) Player A2 may re-enter the field at the next stoppage of play. (3.3.3 Situation J)

SITUATION 14: Player A2 is injured during the course of play but manages to hobble across the touchline to avoid disrupting play and to allow the game to continue. At the next stoppage in play (not necessarily a stoppage for which Team A would normally be permitted to substitute), the coach for Team A substitutes for Player A2 directly from the bench. RULING: Legal, unless Player A2 has been disqualified under the provisions of 12-8 that do not permit a substitution and provided that the other prerequisites for proper substitution have been met. COMMENT: An injured player leaving the field under his/her own power would not be considered a violation of 12-8-1a.  (3.3.3 Situation K)

SITUATION 15: Team A substitutes an unlimited number of players who have already checked in at the scorer’s table after (a) a caution, (b) an injured player is required to leave the field or (c) when a player has blood on her uniform. RULING: Legal in (a), (b) and (c).  (3.3.3 Situation L)

SITUATION 16: Team A substitutes an unlimited number of players from the bench after (a) a caution, (b) an injured player is required to leave the field or (c) a goal is scored. RULING: Illegal in (a); legal in (b) and (c) providing the substitutes check in and are beckoned in by the referee.  (3.3.3 Situation M)

SITUATION 17: Team A is awarded a corner kick. (a) Team A chooses to substitute a player(s) who has reported to the scorer; (b) Team B chooses to substitute a player(s) who has reported to the scorer. RULING: In (a), player(s) may enter; in (b), player(s) may enter provided that Team A is also substituting.  (3.3.4 Situation)

SITUATION 18: Team A is awarded a throw-in. (a) Team A chooses to substitute a player(s) who has not yet reported to the scorer; (b) Team B, having had players report to the scorer, chooses to substitute. RULING: In (a) illegal, player(s) shall not enter; in (b), illegal unless Team A chooses to substitute. A player must have reported to the scorer before the substitution opportunity occurs on a throw-in for either team.  (3.3.5 Situation)

SITUATION 19: Team A has elected to play shorthanded for reasons other than misconduct and (a) the player who left the field is permitted to return at the next stoppage of play and (b) the substitute for the player who left the field is permitted to enter the field at the next stoppage of play. RULING: Legal in (a); illegal in (b). (3.3.7 Situation A)

SITUATION 20: Team A is playing with 10 players due to illegal equipment. (a) Player A2 runs onto the field during play; (b) Player A2 enters the field of play during a stoppage with the permission of the referee; (c) Player A2 enters the field at the next legal substitution opportunity. RULING: Illegal in (a) and (b); legal in (c). (3.3.7 Situation B)

SITUATION 21: Substitute A12 reports to the scorer as the kickoff takes place. Eight minutes elapse before the first opportunity for a substitution occurs. The referee beckons A12 on the field; however, A12 is withdrawn by the coach of Team A. RULING: Substitute A12 is now a player because he/she was beckoned onto the field by the referee; therefore, player A12 must enter the game once beckoned.  (3.4.1 Situation A)

SITUATION 22: After a goal is scored, coach for Team A sends substitute A2 directly into the game from the bench without reporting to the scorer for player A3. RULING: Illegal. (3.4.1 Situation B)

SITUATION 23: Prior to the game, the referee recognizes that members of Home Team A are wearing white jerseys and socks of a gold color and Away Team B is wearing jerseys and socks of a blue color. RULING: Illegal, because the home team shall wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks. The home team needs to put on white socks. If unable to correct, the game shall be played and the referee must notify the proper authority following the game. (4.1.1 Situation H)

SITUATION 24: Player A enters the game wearing (a) white socks with white tape, (b) blue socks with blue tape, (c) red socks with black tape, (d) white socks with green tape. RULING: Legal in (a) and (b); illegal in (c) and (d).  (4.1.1 Situation N)

SITUATION 25: Prior to the start of the contest, the referee meets with the teams’ head coaches and captains and after reciting a sportsmanship message asks both head coaches if their teams will be properly and legally equipped at the kickoff. Each coach answers in the affirmative. (a) After the contest has started, Player A is noticed to have a shinguard that has the NOCSAE seal indicating that the shinguard is undersized for the player’s height; (b) after the second half starts, Player A is noticed to be wearing illegal jewelry; (c) during the course of play, a knee brace is dislodged by a collision between two players. RULING: In (a) and (b), if it is the first offense, the player is sent off the field and cannot re-enter until the next legal substitution opportunity, and the coach of Team A is cautioned for the team not being legally equipped. If it is the second offense, the player is cautioned. In (c), player is not cautioned, leaves the field and may re-enter after reporting to an official, who shall be satisfied that the knee brace is now in order.  (4.3 Situation A)

SITUATION 26: The home team has video equipment to tape and replay the game action. The coach (a) plays a tape to players after the game; (b) plays tape at halftime interval for coaching purposes; (c) asks referee to review tape for evidence in the case of a disallowed goal. RULING: Legal in (a) and (b); illegal in (c). (12-8-1e) (5.1.2 Situation)

SITUATION 27: During a shot on goal, B2, in the penalty area, reaches out and deflects the ball. Just as B2 deflects the ball with the hands, A2 kicks the free ball and (a) it goes into the goal; (b) does not go into the goal. RULING: In (a), award a goal and caution B2 for unsporting conduct; in (b), call handling, award a penalty kick and disqualify B2 for serious foul play.  (12-8-1-f13, 14), (12-8-2-d1), (14-1-1) (5.3.1 Situation A)

SITUATION 28: A2 dribbles in on the goalkeeper within the penalty area near the goal line. A2’s maneuver causes the goalkeeper to fall down as the ball is pushed past him. Because the goalkeeper is in A2’s path (a) A2 leaps over the goalkeeper within the field of play; or (b) A2 leaves the field of play just beyond the goal line. In each case, A2 is held by the goalkeeper who is still inside the field of play and inside the penalty area, and in each case the ball goes past the goal and out of bounds over the goal line.RULING: The fouls in both (a) and (b) result in a penalty kick and the goalkeeper is disqualified (12-8-2-d2), (14-1-1).  (12.3 Situation)

SITUATION 29: An attacking player takes a shot on goal which (a) goes directly at the goalkeeper, who is able to deflect it to the ground so he can dribble it with the feet to the edge of the penalty area and then pick the ball up with his hands to distribute; or (b) the goalkeeper must dive in order to reach the ball, deflect it away from the goal, then scramble to pick it up with his hands to distribute. RULING: In (a), illegal. Goalkeeper is penalized for infringing when he/she picks up the ball with the hands after parrying; in (b), legal. The deflection is not considered a parry.  (12.7.2 Situation)

SITUATION 30: On a throw-in, Player A throws the ball (a) directly to his/her own goalkeeper within the penalty area who touches the ball with the hands; (b) to a teammate who heads the ball to his/her own goalkeeper within the penalty area who picks the ball up with the hands; (c) to his/her own goalkeeper outside the penalty area by a teammate. The goalkeeper traps the ball with the feet and dribbles it into the penalty area where it is picked up. RULING: In (a), an indirect free kick is awarded to the opponent; in (b), there has been no violation; in (c), illegal. Award an indirect kick to opponent at spot of touching.  (12.7.4 Situation)

SITUATION 31: During the game, while the ball is in play, (a) Coach A talks on a cell phone, (b) Coach B records video using a tablet, (c) Player A1 wears an electronic heart monitor, (d) A2 wears a hearing aid, (e) Coach A communicates with Player A3 using a wireless mic/headphone system. RULING: Legal in (a), (b), (c) and (d); illegal in (e) and coach is shown the yellow card for misconduct per 12-8-1(e).  (12.8.1 Situation C)

SITUATION 32: Player A2 dribbles along the goal line into the penalty area. The goalkeeper comes out of the goal mouth to challenge A2. A2 pushes the ball by the goalkeeper and steps off the field to go around the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper then steps off the field and violently contacts A2 to prevent A2 from completing the play. RULING: The referee must stop play, disqualify the goalkeeper for exhibiting violent conduct and restart play with an indirect free kick from the location of the ball at the stoppage or the goal area line as appropriate. (12.8.2 Situation B)


Substitutions – Rule 3-3-2b(1) – Although the limitations on coaching during an injury have been removed the following rules concerning this coaching do apply:  

1.      Players cannot leave the field unless they have been substituted for or are injured.

2.      A coach who is not called onto the field cannot go on to the field until called on by the referee.

3.      Substitutes cannot leave the team area unless they are going into the game.

4.      A coach who is called onto the field may coach other players while on the field.


Fouls to deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity – Rules 12-8-1f(14) and 12-8-2d(2) – The slides indicate that this must be a contact foul.  However, this is not the case as is indicated in these rules on pages 57 and 58.  Any foul (contact or non-contact) to deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity would result in a caution if the goal is made and a disqualification if a goal does not result.


Goalkeeper Injury – Rule 3-3 – 2b(2) – The following are the procedures that are to be followed when a field player or goal keeper appear to be injured:

1.      Field player – if a field player appears to be injured, the referee, with the clock running, can check to determine the extent of the injuries and if a player needs attention.  If the referee determines that the injury requires the player to be attended to or leave the game, the referee should immediately stop the clock and beckon the coach or medical personnel to attend to the player.  Once the clock is stopped for a field player, that player must leave the game.

2.      Goalkeeper – If the goalkeeper is injured, the referee can stop the clock, check the goal keeper to determine the extent of the injury, and allow the goal keeper a short time to be ready for play. If the referee determines that the goalkeeper needs attention, the referee should immediately call the coach or medical personnel to attend to the player. When a coach or medical personnel are called onto the field to attend to a goalkeeper, the goalkeeper must leave the game.

3.      Thus, the procedures for a field player and goal keeper are different as the field player must leave the game if the referee stops the clock, whereas the goalkeeper does not have to leave the game when the clock is stopped but only when the referee asks that the goalkeeper be attended to.


Penalty kick – Rule 14-1-4 – Questions and comments about this rule centered around the stutter step and the procedures following the stutter step.  The following are clarifications concerning the stutter step:

1.      When a stutter step occurs before the ball is kicked, the ball had not been properly put into play thus resulting in a re-kick. This is similar to other free kicks where the ball is not properly put into play. Examples include kick-off that is not kicked forward and goal kick that does not clear the penalty area.

2.      The stutter step should be whistled as it occurs. It is not a play on/advantage situation.  The clock should not start even if the ball is kicked before there is a whistle to stop play. On penalty kicks, the referee should alert the timer to wait for the start clock signal before starting the clock.

3.      A player who stutter steps should receive a warning and if a stutter step is done after a warning has been issued, the player should be cautioned for unnecessary delay.

4.      Violations by attacking or defending players during a penalty kick occur with or after the ball has been put into play; thus, the need to call the violations and enforce the penalties provided on page 64.

5.      There is a difference between the NFHS and FIFA stutter step rule as is indicated on page 84.  Please note that the NFHS and NCAA stutter step rules are similar.


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Rule 1-5-2 & 6-3-1 Scoretable - Schools shall provide a scorer and scoretable for all varsity contests.

Rule 4-2-1f - Soft and yielding caps may be worn during inclement weather.

Rule 5-1-1 - Note Schools must use a single referee and two WIAA licensed assistant referees for all varsity duals (conference and nonconference).

Rule 7-1-3 Suspended Games - In the event a game must be suspended because conditions make it impossible to continue before one complete half has been played, the game will continue from that point unless both coaches agree to let the recorded score stand. If at least one half of the game has been completed, the game is an official game.

Rule 7-1-5 Mercy Rule - Following the completion of the first half, any time the score differential reaches ten or more goals, the coaches may mutually agree to end the game. After 60 minutes of play, if there is a score differential of 10 or more the game shall end.

Rule 7-3-1 Contests Ending in a Tie - Overtime shall not be played at the JV or freshmen level. Penalty kicks could be used to determine which team would advance in a tournament bracket.

Regular Season - When the score is tied at the end of regulation time, the referee will instruct both teams to return to their respective team boxes. There will be 5 minutes during which both teams may confer with their coaches and the head referee will instruct both teams as to proper procedure.

1. There shall be a maximum of two 10-minute overtime periods (Note: Sudden Victory):
a. A coin toss shall be held as in Rule 5-2-2(e)(2).
b. At the end of the first 10-minute overtime period, teams shall change ends. There shall be a two-minute interval between periods.
2. If a tie still exists following the two overtime periods, the game will remain a tie. Overtime shall not be played at the JV or freshmen level. Penalty kicks could be used to determine which team would advance in a tournament bracket.

WIAA Tournament Series - Follow the procedures outlined above with the following additions:

1. The head referee shall choose the goal at which all of the penalty kicks from the penalty line shall be taken.
2. Each coach will select any five players, including the goalkeeper, on or off the field (except those who may have been disqualified) to take the penalty kicks.
3. A coin toss shall be held as in Rule 5-2-2(e). The team winning the toss shall have the choice of kicking first or second.
4. Teams will alternate kickers. There is no follow-up on the kick.
5. Following five kicks for each team, the team scoring on the greatest number of these kicks shall be declared the winner.
6. Add one goal to the winning team score and credit the team with a victory.
7. If the score remains tied after each team has had five penalty kicks:
a. Each coach will select five different players than the first five who already have kicked to take the kicks in a sudden victory situation, wherein if one team scores and the other team does not score, the game is ended without more kicks being taken.
b. If the score remains tied, continue the sudden victory kicks with the coach selecting any five players to take the next set of alternating penalty kicks. If a tie still remains, repeat 7a.

Rule 12-8 Misconduct

1. Yellow cards received must be counted. Once a player has accumulated five yellow cards during the regular season, they are suspended for the next game. Three more yellow cards, they are suspended for two games. At the start of the WIAA tournament series, a player will start with a clean slate if they have accumulated less than five yellow cards during the regular season, otherwise their yellow card count continues. During the WIAA tournament series, once a player accumulates three yellow cards, they are suspended for the next game; three more yellows, suspended for two games, etc. Any yellow cards received by the coach will count toward the 24 card total. All yellow cards issued in a varsity game must be reported to the WIAA.
2. If a player receives a red card or a second yellow card resulting in disqualification, that individual is suspended for the next scheduled game. These are minimum penalties. All red cards must be reported to the appropriate head coach and to the WIAA. Note: Any team whose players, during the regular season, collectively receive a total of 24 or more yellow cards (including all second yellow/red cards) will be prohibited from participating in the WIAA State Tournament series.

STATE ASSOCIATION REGULATIONS

Officials will be required to submit a game report to the WIAA following the completion of any vasity dual or multischool tournament if any yellow or red cards are issued.

Pre-Game Protocol (varsity), five-minutes prior to scheduled kickoff:

1. Official blows whistle and teams move to bench area.
2. Teams lineup on the touch line and shake hands.
3. National Anthem and/or player introductions.
4. Play begins.
5. No required handshakes at end of game. Officials leave the area immediately.

STATE ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDATIONS

It is recommended that when a field clock is used, the clock shall be counted up from 0:00 to 40:00.


Soft or Padded Headgear in Non-Helmeted Sports Position Statement 

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) 

Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) 


The NFHS SMAC has developed the following position statement regarding soft or padded headgear products in non-helmeted sports: 

The NFHS does not consider soft or padded headgear products as effective equipment in preventing a concussion in non-helmeted sports. As explained below, soft or padded headgear products may be worn in non-helmeted sports that allow for such optional equipment, but the intent of that equipment should be for reasons other than concussion prevention. Valid scientific research should be pursued to more definitively determine evidence-based efficacy regarding using such products to decrease the incidence of concussion. However, no currently available soft or padded headgear can prevent a concussion. 


The NFHS recommends caution in using soft or padded headgear devices to permit medical clearance of a student-athlete, if he or she would otherwise not be medically cleared to participate in sports. Currently, wearing such headgear as a condition to play in order to prevent another concussion is not scientifically or medically supported; therefore, a medical waiver for wearing this type of equipment in the case of hastening return to play after a concussion is inappropriate. However, this equipment may be used to cover lacerations and sutures, if these devices are deemed appropriate within the sport’s playing rules. 


Current design and recommended use of these devices do not address the proposed mechanism of concussive injury, that being acceleration, deceleration and rotational forces acting on the brain. Schools should refer to equipment standards from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), and the Hockey Equipment Certification Council, Inc. (HECC), when considering protective equipment for student-athletes, and monitor that the equipment is being used for mitigating the risk of injuries for which the equipment is designed. 

When considering the use of optional soft or padded headgear products in non-helmeted sports, athletes and coaches should take the time to read the qualifying statements provided with such products that address specific limitations, particularly those related to preventing serious head injuries. Wearing such products may provide a false sense of security in concussion protection to student-athletes, coaches and parents. Moreover, a false sense of security in concussion protection may increase the likelihood that players, coaches and parents will consider a given medical condition to be adequately addressed and may cause them to place less importance upon avoiding head impact, reporting concussion symptoms and recovering fully before returning to play. 


The NFHS SMAC will continue to monitor developments in soft and padded headgear and will consider adjustments to its position should valid scientific and clinical evidence arise. 


Approved June 2013 


DISCLAIMER – NFHS Position Statements and Guidelines 


The NFHS regularly distributes position statements and guidelines to promote public awareness of certain health and safety-related issues. Such information is neither exhaustive nor necessarily applicable to all circumstances or individuals, and is no substitute for consultation with appropriate health-care professionals. Statutes, codes or environmental conditions may be relevant. NFHS position statements or guidelines should be considered in conjunction with other pertinent materials when taking action or planning care. The NFHS reserves the right to rescind or modify any such document at any time. 


A proposal to create administrative rules related to soccer goals has been sent by the Safety and Building Division of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to the state legislature for assembly and senate committee review.

The proposal to create administrative code chapter Comm 9, Movable Soccer Goals, is in response to 2009 Wisconsin Act 390, s. 167.21, Wis. Stats., which calls for rules to ensure that movable soccer goals are properly anchored or secured to reduce the possibility of goals tipping over or being pull down and resulting in injuries or fatalities.


The proposals developed reflect the Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The rules would apply to new and existing goals located at public places, such as parks, as well as those located at private schools or private recreational facilities. Enforcement would be via a complaint to Safety and Buildings Division staff, but the expectation is that owners of movable soccer goals will voluntarily adhere to the rules once the information is made public.


There was previously a public hearing on the rules and the public can contact the legislative committees if additional input is desired. The rules would possibly be effective July 1, 2011.


Here is a like to the code proposal documents, commerce.wi.gov/SB/SB-CodeDevelopment.html


For additional information, contact Jim Quast, Safety and Buildings Division Program Manager, jim.quast@wi.gov, 608-266-9292.

2012 Shinguard Requirement

Beginning with the 2012 fall season, the NOCSAE seal and height range shall be permanently marked on the front of the shinguard.  Equipment shall not be modified from its original manufactured state and shall be worn in the manner the manufacturer intended it to be worn.  

 

WHITE SOCCER JERSEY REQUIRED

Effective in 2013

Beginning with the 2013 fall soccer season, the home team will be required to wear solid WHITE jerseys and socks and the visiting team shall wear dark jerseys and socks. This is according to a re- cent newsletter we received from the National Federation with the rule changes for next year. The only area of the jersey in which you may have color is the number, school name, or manufacturer logo. No colored trim.

 

The requirement for white jerseys is a change from the existing rule that allows a team to wear “light” jerseys at home. This will be a requirement for varsity teams only. Any light jerseys currently being used at the varsity level could be used for subvarsity teams.

 

This requirement is very similar to the change that was made in the sport of basketball in 2008. In addition, beginning with the 2012 fall season, the goalkeeper jersey will be required to have a number on the back and on the front of the jersey or short similar to a field playerʼs jersey. The number on the back must be a minimum of 6” in height and the front number 4” in height.

 

Beginning in the fall of 2012, only those names, patches, emblems, logos or insignias referencing the school are permitted on the team uniform. This rule addition prohibits players from wearing any names, patches, emblems, or insignias that represent any soccer club, soccer association or spon- sor(s) on their uniform. This rule clarifies that only names, patches, emblems or insignias that repre- sent their school are permitted.

updated 7/12

Tape on Socks

On the left -- Legal socks ... white socks with white tape

On the right - Illegal socks - white socks with black tape

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