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Rules changes 2019-2020

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Rules Changes- 2018-2019

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Rules Changes - 2016-17

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2015 Rule and Emphases

2015-2016 NFHS Soccer Rules Changes
and Points of Emphasis
Substitutions in high school soccer will now be permitted during a stoppage of play when bench personnel are cautioned or disqualified.
This addition to the listing of substitution opportunities in Rule 3-3-3 was one of two rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January 26-28 meeting in Indianapolis. These changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Substitutes from both teams who have already reported per Rule 3-4-1(d) may be beckoned by the referee and may enter when the clock is stopped for a caution or disqualification of bench personnel. The other opportunities for substitutions by players on either team who have reported include goal kick, player yellow card and player red card.
“Allowing substitutes who have already reported to enter the field of play (during a stoppage of play when bench personnel are cautioned or disqualified) is consistent with substitution procedures, game management principles and commitment to student participation,” said Mark Koski, director of sports, events and development and liaison to the Soccer Rules Committee.
The other rule change approved by the committee involves a revision in the goalkeeper’s uniform. While the goalkeeper’s socks do not have to be the same color as the socks of his or her teammates, the goalkeeper’s socks must be a different color than the opponent’s socks.
“Currently, the jersey of the goalkeeper must be distinctly different in color from his or her teammates and opposing field players,” Koski said. “To differentiate opponents, it is important that the goalkeeper’s socks be included in this rule.”
In addition to the two rules changes, the Soccer Rules Committee approved five Points of Emphasis for the 2015-16 season. Points of emphasis are developed by NFHS rules committees and should receive special focus and attention by officials, coaches, players, fans and other leaders within the high school setting.

Points of Emphasis developed by the Soccer Rules Committee for 2015-16 are as follows:
• Recognize that Exertional Heatstroke (EHS) is the leading preventable cause of death among high school athletes.
• Know the importance of a formal pre-season heat acclimatization plan.
• Know the importance of having and implementing a specific hydration plan, keeping your athletes well-hydrated, and encouraging and providing ample opportunities for regular fluid replacement.
• Know the importance of appropriately modifying activities in relation to the environmental heat stress and contributing individual risk factors (e.g., illness, obesity) to keep your athletes safe and performing well.
• Know the importance for all members of the coaching staff to closely monitor all athletes during practice and training in the heat, and recognize the signs and symptoms of developing heat illnesses.
• Know the importance of, and resources for, establishing an emergency action plan and promptly implementing it in case of suspected EHS or other medical emergency.
2. FIGHTING/RECKLESS PLAY – Players, coaches, game officials and spectators must work together to model and demonstrate sportsmanship and fair play, to minimize risk and to maximize participation.
If tape or a similar material (stays/straps) is applied externally to the socks, it must be of similar color as that part of the sock to which it is applied. (Home tape/stays/straps = white, Away tape/stays/straps = similar color of socks)
Game officials are encouraged to effectively communicate with one another as well as with players and coaches throughout the game.
Players opposing the kicker shall remain outside the penalty area until the ball has cleared the penalty area.

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NFHS Mentor Guidelines

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NYS Modifications to NFHS

NYSPHSAA, Inc. Rules Modifications to NFHS Rulebook

Rule 2: Game balls: NFHS authenticating mark is not required on game balls.

Rule 4: Player Equipment: Jewelry: Metal barrettes and/or beads are not allowed in hair (soft, pliable barrettes are permissible). Visible body piercings and body gems are not allowed.

Rule 5: The Officials: The head referee must read the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship card, in its entirety, to the team captains and Head Coach
prior to the coin toss.

Rule 6: Ball Holders, timer and Scorer:

Time may be kept on the field by the head Referee.

The official score may be kept by the head Referee.

Rule 7: Duration of the Game: Suspended game: In the event a game must be suspended because of conditions which make it impossible to continue play, the head referee shall declare it an official game if one complete half of the game or more of the game has been played. If less than one-half of the game has been completed, the game will be restarted from the point of interruption.

Regular Season Overtime:
BOYS: Two 10 minute SUDDEN VICTORY periods.

GIRLS: Two 10 minute periods (NO SUDDEN VICTORY)

Rule 12: Fouls and Misconduct: Multiple red cards can be issued to a coach or player in one game, during the jurisdiction of the officials, which begins 15 minutes prior to the contest and ends when the officials leave the field and its immediate surroundings.

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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:

a) only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and molded cleats are permitted. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted.
b)Shinguards MUST be worn at all times by all players
c) An all-purpose type foam helmet MAY be worn and a mouthpiece MUST be worn by the goalkeeper for protective purposes.

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 NOT permitted.

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 $22.00. The proper form indicating this must be mailed, e-mailed or faxed to SW BOCES.

a) to find this form, go to the SW BOCES page on the home page of this website.

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 shall be waived at the modified level until 2020-21

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