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Modified Soccer Rules

All NFHS Rules apply except

  1. Maximum length of the quarter shall be fifteen (15) minutes. Can be less if both coaches agree. Can also be two 30 minute halves.

  2. Free substitution is permitted when the ball goes over touch or goal line.

  3. Equipment:
    • only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and molded cleats are permitted. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted.
    • Shinguards MUST be worn at all times by all players
    • Goalkeeper MAY wear an all-purpose type foam helmet and/or a mouthguard for protective purposes [NEW in 2023]
  4. One time out per quarter (including each overtime period) may be called when the ball is dead. The coach is permitted on the field during the time out to instruct the players.

  5. The sliding tackle and overhead scissors kick are considered dangerous play and are NOT permitted. (Penalty - IFK to opposing team)

  6. There shall be two overtime periods of no more than 4 minutes each. They may be shorter or not played if both coaches agree. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD PENALTY KICKS BE USED TO BREAK A TIE !!!

  7. There may be a 5th "quarter" if both coaches agree. Officials working a 5th quarter are entitled to an additional payment of per the game fee schedule. The proper form indicating this must be mailed, e-mailed or faxed to SW BOCES.

  8. In the event of any disqualification of a player(straight red card or second yellow) substitution IS ALLOWED for the disqualified player. If a team has no eligible substitute, the team may play shorthanded.

  9. Corner flag posts must be flexible in nature (wood, plastic, or plastic foam) and conform to the NFHS rule standard of not being less than 5 feet high. Plastic traffic cones may be substituted in place of corner flags.

  10. The flip throw-in shall not be permitted

  11. The NFHS regulation that the boys' and girls' goalie uniform jersey be numbered and all-white away uniforms shall be waived at the modified level.

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