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Soccer Rules Interpretations - 2018-19

By NFHS on August 07, 2018 soccer

 

Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2018

RULES BOOK CORRECTIONS: (Underlining shows additions; strikethrough shows deletions.)

Page 24, 4.1.1 SITUATION D, RULING: (a) Illegal in (a) and (b). Striped jerseys are permissible for the home team as long as the dominant color is dark (dark is defined as any color which contrasts with white). Jerseys with equal-sized stripes that have both dark and white stripes do not have a dominant dark color and are illegal. If visible apparel is worn under the jersey and/or shorts, it shall be similar in length for the individual and all solid and of a like color for the team; Page 79, Comments on Rules Changes: 12.8.1f(15)

PRESEASON GUIDE CORRECTIONS:

Page 3, Offside (11-1-4), 2nd paragraph, Play 11, RULING: Indirect free kick at the spot of the infraction (even in own half) Because B1 denied A1 an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, the referee awards the opponent a direct free kick and issues a red card to B1; Page 14, Too Close for Their Own Good, second paragraph, first two sentences: Neither a coach nor a trainer is a player, and cannot be assessed a handling foul. But, since a non-player has interfered with the game, the restart is a direct free kick from the point of the infraction.

SITUATION 1: A player who is part of a wall in a free kick moves his/her hands after the kick to protect his/her face from the ball. RULING: The hand movement is deemed to be a reflex action and is not considered to be deliberate handling. Protecting the head, face, groin or chest from a hard shot or pass using the hands or arms as a reflex is not considered deliberate and therefore not handling. (12-2)

SITUATION 2: A player who is in a defensive position during the taking of a free kick places his/her hands or arms against any part of the body for protection. The offensive player kicks the ball, striking the hands while he/ she remains in front of the body or the arms remain over the chest. In both cases, the hands and arms are stationary. RULING: Legal. This is not handling because the ball struck a stationary hand or arm close to the body and in a natural position, rather than a hand or arm playing the ball. (12-2)

SITUATION 3: A2 kicks a low, hard pass to his/her teammate: (a) B1, a male player who is in the path of the ball, moves his hand to protect his groin and the ball touches his hand; (b) B1, a female player who is in the path of the ball, moves her hand to protect her chest and the ball touches her hand. RULING: Legal in both (a) and (b). Protecting the head, face, groin and chest from a hard shot or pass using the hands or arms as a reflex is not considered deliberate and, therefore, not handling. (12-2)

SITUATION 4: A1 plays the ball toward A2. A2 is in an offside position and runs from the offside position into his/her own half of the field and plays the ball. RULING: A2 is offside as he/ she was in an offside position when the ball was played. An indirect free kick is taken where A2 touched or played the ball. (11-1-4)

SITUATION 5: B1, while attempting to play the ball, trips the attacking player, A1, in the penalty area, denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. RULING: The official awards a penalty kick to Team A and issues a caution to B1. (12-8-1)

SITUATION 6: B1, with no attempt to play the ball, trips the attacking player, A1, inside the penalty box, denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. RULING: The referee awards Team A a penalty kick and issues a red card to B1. [12-8-2d(4)]

SITUATION 7: B1 trips the attacking player, A1, outside the penalty box, denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. RULING: The referee awards Team A a direct free kick and issues a red card to B1. [12-8-2d(3)]

SITUATION 8: A player, coach or bench personnel enters or leaves the playing field without permission from the official and interferes with play or an official. RULING: The referee shall penalize the infraction with a direct free kick from the point of the infraction. (13-2-1j)

SITUATION 9: A player, coach or bench personnel enters or leaves the playing field without permission from the official, but does not interfere with play or an official. RULING: The referee shall penalize the infraction with an indirect free kick from the point of the infraction. (13-2-3a)

SITUATION 10: A1 passes the ball and a defender, B1, heads the ball directly to A2, who is in an offside position. RULING: A2 is not offside because he/she received the ball directly from a defender who deliberately played the ball. (11-1-4)

Soccer Comments on the Rules - 2018-19

By NFHS on March 01, 2018 soccer
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4-1-1a: The home team shall now be required to wear dark jerseys and the visiting team shall be required to wear solid white jerseys.  This change will allow the home team to wear their school colors before the home crowds.

4-1-1b: In combination with the rule change in 4-1-1a, the home team will be required to wear socks of a single dominant dark color, contrasting white, but not necessarily the color of the jersey.  The visiting team will be required to wear solid white socks.

4-1-1d: This rule change requires the team to wear the same color of under garments.  This change allows for players and/or schools to buy one set of under garments to be used with either set of uniforms worn.

4.2.10: The addition of this rule allows for state associations or designee to permit players who need to wear a head covering for medical or cosmetic or religious reasons to do so, if he required support is provided.

8-1-2: This rule change allows the player taking the kickoff to position himself/herself into the opponent’s half of the field in order to initiate the kickoff.

11-1-4: This change provides the language which identifies appropriate placement of the ball when an offside infraction occurs, even if the infraction occurs on a players own half of the field.

12-8-1(f)14: With this rule change if a defender attempts to deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity, in the penalty area, the defender shall be cautioned (yellowed card) and the goal is awarded if a goal is scored or a penalty kick is awarded if a goal is not scored. 

12-8-2(d)3: If a defender attempts to deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity outside the penalty area, the defender shall be disqualified (red card) and a direct free kick shall be award at the spot of the infraction. 

13-2-1(j): This addition clarifies that if a player, coach, or bench personnel enters or exits the competition field and interferes with play, or an official, it will result in a direct free kick for the opposing team from the point of infraction.

13-2-3(a): This rule change clarifies that if a player, coach, or bench personnel enters or exits the competition field and does not interfere with play, or an official, it will result in an indirect free kick taken from the spot where play stopped.

18-1(g): A new definition was added providing guidance to what is deliberate or what is a deliberate act.

 

MPA Mouthpiece Interpretations

Some MPA Interpreter's Play rulings:

Situation 1:  Player #14 is on a breakaway , dribbling the ball to score; his legal mouthpiece is hanging out of his mouth, according to the rule above when do I send the player off

Answer: The player is in the vicinity of the ball. At the next stoppage of play or dead ball you must send the player off the field and   Remember: "Play shall not be stopped immediately for an infringement of this rule."

Situation 2:    You have sent a player off during the course of the game because of an illegal mouth piece or no mouth piece and he or she reports to the assistant referee or your partner that he or she now has legal equipment, can they reenter the game at any time?

Answer: The play must be stopped for some reason; and the player may reenter the game to 'fill out' the eleven players at a stoppage of play. Such reentry should not be a delaying tactic for the defending team.

Situation 3:    Team "A" has player #14 being sent off for a illegal mouthpiece violation and the Coach was given a caution card. Several minutes later, after a legal reentry, you again notice Team "A" #14 is wearing an illegal mouth piece in violation of the mouthpiece rule; does the Coach get a caution card?

Answer:    No. As this is the second violation of the illegal equipment rule the player is cautioned

 

PREVIOUS YEARS' INTERPRETATONS

2016-17

By NFHS on August 10, 2016

Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Robert B. Gardner, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2016

Soccer Rules Book Correction: Page 28, 4.3 Penalty: Illegally Equipped Players (18-1-1s); Improperly Equipped Players (18-1-1t)

Page 85, Soccer Rules Comparison Chart: Opposite Stutter Step remove “not permitted”; add Permitted, kicker cannot stop completely.

Clarification of Deliberate Play: An act in which a player chooses to act, regardless of the outcome of that action. This deliberate act is neither a reaction nor a reflex. A deliberate action may result in the opponent benefiting from the action (e.g., a deliberate, but misplayed ball that goes directly to an opponent). A reaction or reflex may result in that player benefiting from the action (e.g., a ball inadvertently contacting the arm and falling directly to the feet).

RULES VIDEO CORRECTION: Q&A session. The question was asked about an ejected coach. The response given is incorrect. The ejected coach may not remain in the stadium. He/she must leave the vicinity of the playing field. This is interpreted as meaning “out of sight and hearing” to the team bus, car, parking lot.

SITUATION 1: If a player was apparently injured when fouled and a caution or disqualification resulted, can the player be evaluated by the referee for a possible injury and remain in the game? RULING: Stopping the clock for an injury is key. Here the clock was not stopped for an injury. If the clock is stopped for another reason other than an injury and then it is noticed there is a possible injury to a field player or goalkeeper, the field player or goalkeeper would not have to leave the game unless the coach and/or medical personnel were beckoned onto the field. (3-3-2b2)

SITUATION 2: During the game, while the ball is in play, A1 wears an electronic heart monitor on his/her chest under the jersey. RULING: Legal. (12-8-1)

SITUATION 3: Can a player wear a solo shot tag for a camera, either on the arm or around the waist during the game? RULING: The solo shot camera tag or any other tag cannot be worn during the game as it would require the wearing of a hard and unyielding item. (4-2-1)

SITUATION 4: A2, taking a penalty kick, approaches the ball and then stops abruptly. He/she then (a) kicks the ball and scores; (b) kicks the ball over the goal; (c) kicks the ball and it rebounds from the goalkeeper; (d) kicks the ball and it is saved and held by the goalkeeper; (e) kicks the ball and it is deflected over the goal line by the goalkeeper. RULING: In (a), retake the kick; (b) goal kick; (c) indirect free kick for defending team; (d) play continues; (e) indirect free kick for defending team. (14-1-4)

SITUATION 5: A2, in an offside position, receives the ball from a misplayed clearance by B2. Should the attacker be penalized? RULING: No. A2 received the ball from a deliberate play by B2 and even though A2 is in an offside position and gained an advantage from being in that position, he/she is not offside as it was last played by a defender in a deliberate manner. (11-1-4)

SITUATION 6: A1 takes a shot on goal. With the goalkeeper out of position, B1 makes a deliberate save and the ball rebounds directly to A2, who is in an offside position. RULING: Player A2 received the ball directly from a save, was in active play and gained an advantage by being in that position. Offside. (11-1-4)

2015

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

SITUATION 2: During the course of a game, a downpour occurs. The head referee or center referee suspends the contest. RULING: Legal. (1.7 Situation B) 

SITUATION 3: 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. (3.3.3 Situation A)

SITUATION 4: 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 Rule 3-4-1a and be beckoned by the referee. (3.3.3 Situation B) 

SITUATION 5: The goalkeeper goes down after making a save and remains motionless for a few seconds with the ball in his/her possession. The official stops the clock to assess a possible injury. The referee determines that he/she is able to continue play immediately. No attendants are beckoned and play is restarted with an indirect free kick. RULING: Illegal. Whenever the referee stops the clock
for a possible injury, the player or goalkeeper must leave the field. (3.3.3 Situation C)

SITUATION 6: An attacker collides with the opponent’s goalkeeper and both appear to be injured; the referee stops the clock and beckons the coaches to attend to their players. Both players leave the field, but neither coach chooses to replace his or her injured player. RULING: Legal for field player, and illegal not to have a designated goalkeeper. (3.3.3 Situation D)

SITUATION 7: Players A2 and B2 hit heads in attempting to head the ball and both are injured. In the opinion of the referee, player A2 exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion. 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 E) 

SITUATION 8: 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 F) 

SITUATION 9: 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. RULING: Legal. (3.3.3 Situation G)

SITUATION 10: 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 H)

SITUATION 11: 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 I)

SITUATION 12: 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: Illegal, 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 not 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 J)

SITUATION 13: Team A substitutes an unlimited number of players that reported prior to (a) a player caution, (b) an injured player is required to leave the field, (c) a player has blood on his/her uniform or (d) a bench personnel caution or disqualification. RULING: Legal in (a), (b), (c) and (d). (3.3.3 Situation K)

SITUATION 14: 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. RULING: (a) Incorrect procedure.
A substitute entering the game shall not take the penalty kick. (b) Legal. (3.3.3 Situation L)

SITUATION 15: 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 (12-8-2) but must have a goalkeeper (3-1-1). (3.3.3 Situation M)

SITUATION 16: 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, substitute for the injured and cautioned player from the bench. 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 N)

SITUATION 17: 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) after a goal is scored. RULING: (a) Illegal; (b) legal and (c) legal providing the substitutes check in and are beckoned in by the referee. (3.3.3 Situation O)

SITUATION 18: 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 P)

SITUATION 19: Prior to the game, the referee (a) recognizes that Team A has two goalkeepers, one with a red jersey and the number 15 on the back and front and one with a blue jersey with the number 15 on the back and front; (b) the goalkeeper wears socks that match his/her teammates; (c) the goalkeeper wears socks that match his/her opposing field players. RULING: (a) Illegal. The goalkeepers must have different numbers and these should have been recorded on the roster. (b) Legal. (c) Illegal. (4.1.1 Situation I)

SITUATION 20: Player A enters the game wearing (a) white socks with white tape/stays/straps, (b) blue socks with blue tape/stays/straps, (c) red socks with black tape/stays/straps, (d) white socks
with green tape/stays/straps. RULING: (a) legal, (b) legal, (c) illegal and (d) illegal. (4.1.1 Situation N)

SITUATION 21: 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 communicated with player A3 using a wireless mic/headphone system. RULING: (a) Legal; (b) legal; (c) legal; (d) legal; and (e) illegal and coach is shown the yellow card for
misconduct per 12-8-1(e). (12.8.1 Situation C)

 

 

8-22-2014

Rule 4, Section 2, Article 8:  A protective mask may be worn by a player with a facial injury. The mask may be made of hard material, but must be worn molded to the face with no protrusions. A medical release for the injured player signed by an appropriate health care provider shall be available at the game site.

 

Playoff situations - Posted 10-22-2013

A couple of if it happens, what do we do questions.

 During tie breaker procedures, regardless of round, a designated kicker, prior to his/her kick in that round receives a caution card or ejection (I guess someone could behave in such a manner as to get one). This results in his/her not being able to kick. 

  1. Does the kicking team substitute for that player – they have an adequate number of players to kick the tie-breaker at five kicks. There is no need to reduce the number of kickers on the teams. MPA bulletin for tie-breakers does not cover this, but if it is a caution card, according to rules, the player may be substituted; and even a red card player could be substituted in this situation to keep the kicks, five against five
  2. Can the kicking order be changed?  MPA bulletin simply says 5 players and does not specify they need to be in a certain order
  3. A goal keeper is a designated kicker and gets a card – can he/she continue on as goal keeper? This is a potential game changer if ever there was one, but he or she cannot continue in goal due to the sit down rule; and we know that he/she cannot kick. They must substitute to have a goalie. The substitute does not have to kick as long as the team has an adequate number of other kickers.

Posted 10-22-2013

  1. Yarmouth High School blue and white away game socks are legal. After a lengthy discussion and review of the rule book Yarmouth Away socks with a large white logo design, are legal. Rule 4-1-d does not limit the size of the logo; and rule 4-1-c states they must be of a dominant color - they are predominately blue with white markings/log.
  2. Greely High School has been granted a waiver by the Maine Principals Association for the 2013 season only for their home jerseys. They are white, with some red accent stripes at the shoulder area.

 

Posted 8/14/2013

1 .If a goalie has a jersey with, say, number 7....does that mean a field player can not use number 7 in the game?

 

(Yes, as indicated in 4-1-1i1 on Page 24, “All jerseys shall be numbered on the back with a different Arabic number at least 6 inches in height and on the front (Jersey or shorts) with the same number…………..”

 

2. I have a question in regards to keeper uniforms.  Are they required to have their socks match their keeper jersey like field players? (No. As indicated in 4-1-1c on page 24, the socks do not have to be the same color as the jersey for the visiting team. Because home team field players must wear both white socks and white jerseys, the color of the home team socks and jersey are the same color.  However, there is no rule indicating that the goalkeepers socks and jerseys must be the same color.

 

3. On a free kick now where the ball has to move with a kicking motion. If a player now stands with his foot on the ball and has not move it and the defense charges that would be considered encroachment. In another situation giving to me. If team A has a free kick and two players run over the top of the ball  and not move it and the wall charges this would be also considered encroachment. This board felt with this rule change we could see a lot more encroachment situation where cards would be giving and in this State a yellow card means a 10 minute sit down for the player. (Dave, it would be good to remind the coaches and captains in the pre-game meeting about this new rule.  Also, as you set the ball down for a free kick, you might want to remind the defense to wait until the ball is in play and it is not in play until it moves. Pre-warning is always a good way to prevent a caution.)

 

I did mention to all boards with all the pre-season games teams should be giving this information before games about this rule change. That cannot charge the ball until movement has taking place. Is there any other information I can pass off to them? (Not at this time. Your strategy is great – this is also a good time to bring the entire team together and go over all the new rules changes with them)

Posted 9/29/2012 - Handling

From a non-referee

In today's games I saw some non-calls for what I thought was handling the ball. The players sometimes got an advantage. One referee even called out "ball to hand." Why isn't that penalized?

Unintentionally handling is neither a direct free kick nor a penalty kick, because it is not a foul. The foul is 'deliberately handling the ball.' The player moving his hand or arm to play the ball or intentionally using the hand or arm to help trap the ball (often times seen during chest traps where the player cradles the ball between his/her arms and chest. If it's not deliberate - if for instance the ball bounces up unexpectedly and hits the hand - it's not a foul. Not even if the it falls beneficially and the player can take advantage of it.
 

Posted 9/29/2012 - Offisdes

Elbownia has possession of the ball and is attacking Kneebow. A long pass to Elbownian #10 results in an offside call by the official - HOWEVER, the official did not see the second Kneebow defender back at the six yard line. Recognizing his mistake - what is the restart?

Indirect free kick from the last point of possession by Elbownia. They had control of the ball when the miscall was made.

Posted 9/26/2012  Rosters!

Rosters are needed for sub-varsity games before the end of the game. This is a change for us. The need has risen as a result of cards being issued to players in sub-varsity and freshman games - that need to be reported. This has a potential impact on players who may play with varsity teams - and may have been carded in the JV or lower level games. If they received a RED card they can not play in the next game - regardless of level! Make sure you know who was cautioned or ejected and report that card - you need the roster for names!

Posted 8/23/2012

Apparently there some issues with mouth guards that were two colored. According to the MPA and NFHS mouth guards cannot be white or clear it says nothing about multiple colors.
 
This team had black and yellow. These are ok.

Posted 8/21/2012

Just to clarify some confusion on yellow cards to the coach. If coach receives a caution for anything other than a illegally equipped player early in the game and then later on receives one for illegally equipped player the coach is disqualified.

Posted 9/22/2011

Players wearing tape on the sock. It's ok to wear tape above and below the shinguard. This should be around the sock only. There should be no other diagrams of tape on the sock.
 
Players wearing dark socks are not allowed to wear white socks outside of the dark socks. Make them change these. Unless it's a ankle brace that's made to wear on the outside

 

Posted 9-10-2011 New or updated from previous interpretations!

1. A player that has piercing on there nose or ear will not be allowed use a rubber plug. These will be considered jewerly.
 
2. A player goes down and appears to be injured and you stop the clock. That player has to be removed. It doesn't matter if you beckon in the coach or trainer or not.  The exception is the goalkeeper. If the goalkeeper goes down after making a save and remains on the ground with the ball in his/her possession and you stop the clock and you do not beckon in the coach or trainer the keeper can stay in the game.
 
 
3. You send a player off for being improperly equipped during a dead ball. Rule says that you cannot replace this player until the next oppurtunity to substitute. The team will play shorthanded. The player can return during a dead ball situation after reporting to an official that the equipment has been corrected. 
 
SITUATION:
 
Team A player has been sent off for being improperly equipped during a dead ball. This dead ball happened to be during a legal substitution time for Team A. The substitute for team A had already reported before the ball had become dead. In this case we would allow the substitute to take the place of the improperly equipped player. The substitute had to been reported before the ball became dead. If not we would not allow the substitution take place and team A would play shorthanded.

 

Posted 9-18-2010

A player is taking a penalty kick.  He/she stops in the middle of the kick...Is this rule interpreted as an attacking team violation.  Page 62 Article #4 says...Once the kicker approaches the ball, he may not interrupt his motion.  Failure to kick the ball as specified shall result in a re kick.

Is this saying that regardless of whether or not he scores, he gets a re kick?  If he shoots and the goalie makes a save, is a re kick given.

Your ruling please.

INTERPRETATION

By rule, if the kicker STOPS before he/she actual kicks the ball the referee should blow the whistle, stop the play, and give a rekick. If the official does not do this and a goal is scored, the kick was not properly taken and a rekick is given. If the player hesitates or slows down but does not stop, there is no violation.

If the kick is allowed to be taken and the goalie saves it - play continues. If the kick is allowed to be taken and rebounds into play from the goalie or goal - Indirect free kick. See page 62 chart for additional restarts.

REMINDER:

In a game yesterday, a player was discovered to be wearing jewelry (illegally equipped). The referee stopped the clock and cautioned the coach as this was the first violation (appropriate). He did however err in that he also required the player to sit for ten minutes. 

Remember, with illegally equipped players the Coach is given the first caution card. The player is sent off the field to repair the equipment issue and may return to play at the next stoppage of play.  The player is not required to sit for ten minutes for a caution card given to the coach. The player may not be substituted until the next legal opportunity for his/her tam to substitute. 

Should this have been the SECOND player discovered as illegally equipped, this player would have been cautioned and required to sit for ten minutes. This player could be substituted for.  

The Coach only gets the first card, the players get all subsequent cards and cautions for being illegally equipped.

Posted 9-10-2010

Three new interpretations to pass on to your membership.

 Interpretation of "Medical Release" pertaining to rule 4, Section 2, article 8.

 Specifically this rule requires a medical release for the injured player signed by a physician (MD/DO) shall be available at the game site. There has been a question whether the medical release note must be copied and given to the official. This is not required by the National Federation rule and subsequently it is not necessary for the Official to have a copy of the medical release. The medical release must be available at the game site for the official's inspection prior to the start of the game. If the release is not available for your inspection, the player shall not play until you have seen the release.

You may, if you so desire, make a notation for your game record that you saw the note and who it was signed by. Please remember that any information of a medical nature in such a note is highly confidential and protected information under federal and state laws.

Field Markings and Equipment 

Background:  Between a close VB boys soccer game recently, an ugly corner kick set-up and play ensued with about 8 minutes left to play.

Team A was awarded a corner kick.  Player A1 in attempting the corner kick encourages team mate A2 to hold and move the corner flag so that he can have an unobstructed kick.  Player B1 who is marking up on player B2 also moves to the corner.  I give 2 warnings;  1).  B1 must honor the 10 yard run on all free kicks, including corner kicks.  B1 backs off and goes into the penalty area allowing the 10 yards.  2).  A2 must not touch or disturb the corner flag.  A2 releases the flag, but at the beckoning of his team mate and coach bends the flag away from A1, and A1 kicks the ball deep into the center of the penalty area.  Team B gains control of the corner kick.  I blow the whistle to stop play for an infraction.  I was trail on the play, and the corner kick was on my side.

 A yellow card was issued to player A2 for misconduct.  A substitution was allowed.  Team coach A queried where the rule pertaining to corner flag handling was in the NFHS rule book.  An indirect kick was awarded to team B at the spot of the ball when the whistle was blown.

 My questions (as posed by the referee): 

1.  NFHS text on corner flag "handling" is not as intuitive as it is in FIFA.  I believe officials interpret section 1.3 of the rule book regarding field markings and flags as "players that disturb field markings and equipment for their advantage is considered an unsportsmanship activity".  Is this a correct ruling? 

2.  After a player was warned not to continue in an unapproved field conduct and the whistle was blown because of that misconduct, the player is cautioned as misconduct.  Is this a correct ruling?

3.  Replay of the ball in this case would be an indirect kick by team "B".  If the ball went into the goal, the goal would have been disallowed, and a goal kick by team B would have been awarded.  Are these the correct ruling? 

4.  Are the mechanics in this messy corner kick correct? 

INTERPRETATION:  In the event that field markings are displaced or moved, i.e. corner flags, midfield flags, portable goals etc, it is the responsibility of game officials to insure they are correctly placed or replaced. In this case, a corner flag is bent into the field or off of the field in such a manner as to interfere with a player taking a corner kick. The corner flag is supposed to stand perpendicular to the field. If it is not, it should be straightened; we would not ask that the referee in a dual system or assistant referee in the diagonal system hold the flag. If the weather or field conditions are such that the corner flag blows out of position or cannot stand in the proper position on its own it may be held by a player of the same team that is taking the corner kick.  If there is no weather or field condition that prevents the flag from standing straight, it may not be held or moved by a player. 

In the above situation, separate from the holding of the corner flag, right or wrong at the time, the offensive player intentionally disobeyed the referee’s instructions after being verbally warned. This in itself is justification for a caution card for unsporting behavior. 

If the corner kick was allowed to be taken, the game should continue to the next stoppage of play, whatever it might be including the scoring of a goal. There is no justification for the CK to be retaken. If the player was cautioned prior to the CK being taken, the game would restart with the corner kick. There is no reversal of a kick for a violation during the stoppage of play – the game restarts for the reason it was stopped.

Goalkeeper Possession 

Keeper has just fielded the ball from a shot on goal.  Like many keepers, he takes his time as he surveys the field and waits for his team to get into place to receive the ball.  And, like many keepers, he's dribbling the ball with his hands as he moves forward in the penalty box.  Unfortunately for him, he:

a. dribbles the ball off his foot and it scoots away
b. as he's dribbling, the ball hits a divot and bounds away

I'd assume in both a and b - the keeper cannot pick up the ball.  And further, if a defender goes after the ball, that would be legal.

INTERPRETATION

Once the goalkeeper has released the ball into play, he or she may not again touch the ball with their hands until touched or played by another player. In the above cases, similar to rolling the ball, once the goalkeeper makes the initial push of the ball, in this case dribble, and does not have control of the ball, it is live and may be challenged by a defender. It may not be picked up again until touched or played by another player.

 

Posted 10-17-09

·         Team Bradley is ahead of Team Walter 1-0 with less than 30 seconds remaining

·         Team Walter shoots on Goal

·         Bradley Goalie saves the shot and holds the ball significantly longer than 6 seconds

·         Referee Knute blows his whistle and calls goalkeeper violation against Team Bradley.

·         Knute awards an indirect free kick to Team Walter

·         Knute Stops the clock and allows Team Walter to set up for their kick

·         Team Walter Scores and Ties the game

·         Game ends in a Tie

What do you need to know to make a decision? Is there anything wrong with this situation and its management? The interpreters' group wanted to know if the goalie holding the ball  as long as he/she did had been allowed the entire game; and if so why did the referee change now? What was the flow of the game?Please cite any rule or thought if there is no rule that supports your decision. What would you have done? No card was issued. 

There were mixed reviews and the rule book does allow for the clock to be stopped at the request of the official. That being said, as a group the interpreters were much more comfortable with the referee telling the goal keeper to get rid of the ball (preventive action), but once the ball was held and the referee decided to whistle the violation, we feel he/she should have given a caution card for unsporting behavior. This is a legitimate stoppage of the clock; and does not appear to be allowing a team extra time.   Could the referee have prevented this call from having to be made - Yes, by instructing the keeper to get rid of the ball, or telling him/her to not delay etc.

Many officials, including myself have stopped the clock for delays if there was no ball holder and players had to chase a ball a significant distance, or in times when coaches start to substitute on every out of bounds late in the game and they are ahead – but the coaches are generally told in advance that is what will happen if they continue to delay with substitutions.

 

Posted: 9-29-09

A Featured Question:

Question for you coming from the parent of the child that was hit in the head a week or so ago at the XX soccer game.  The concern is that if the hit was life threatening rather than the hit in concussion he got.  The trainer was called off by an official after the hit.  What is the officials protocol in allowing the trainer on the field immediately after a hit in the head. 

 

There is no prohibition of an official beckoning a trainer onto the field immediately following an injury of any type. Instruction has been given to referees in the past that if they ask a player if he or she needs help and they do not respond to stop the clock and get help. We have also offered direction that if a player's teammate calls for help to the official they know the player to be injured and stop as soon as they can.

 

Rules allow the referee to stop the clock and make a determination if a player is injured before beckoning a trainer or coach onto the field. 

 

PRACTICE:  If in the course of play an official determines that a player is injured and needs attention, the official may immediately stop the game and beckon help onto the field.

 

Remember:  "Officials shall, while enforcing the rules of play, remain aware of the inherent risk of injury that competition poses to student athletes."  You are being asked to make a determination of injury in a split second. Is it a fake injury to stop and attack, how serious is the injury, is there an injury at all?  Everyone wants to walk off the filed in safety. If you stop the game for an injury and you then determine it was to prevent a goal and not an injury at all you may  issue a caution card. It is okay to err on the side of safety!

Q.      Wearing pre wrap around the wrist is ok. Yes or No?

A.       There is no rule that prohibits it. I suppose a player could say it is a sweatband; it is soft!

Q.       Regular season games and noise makers?  are they ok at all.

 A.       Noisemakers – not in the team areas. Spectator areas are not under control of the game official. If you feel that noisemakers are hindering the administration of the game you could probably stop the clock and ask that site management ask the spectators to not  use them. Noisemakers are not addressed in the NFHS Soccer Rules. They are not permitted at regional or state playoff games (MPA Bulletin).

 Q.    Also can people be behind a goal if they are behind a restraining line and how far is that restraining line have to be?

A.    See rule 1 Section 6. Spectators shall be confined to areas at least ten feet from the touch line, team / official area and goal line. No one shall be permitted directly behind the goal unless seated in bleachers. Game sites may have greater restrictions. The game may be terminated if game site management cannot keep spectators behind this ten foot mark

Q.    I believe we've had this discussion before. If a coach gets a 2nd Yellow card it's a red card and he's ejected and doesn't coach the next game correct? Referee's are taking the second caution and using it as a soft red and not ejecting the coach.

A.    The Coach, is in fact, ejected. He or she must sit out the next game at the same level. You are not, however the MPA policing agent for enforcement of this rule. If you know a coach was ejected and did not sit out the next game, report the incident to your Board Secretary, who should inform the MPA of the details. The MPA will take any necessary steps.

Q.    We've got a team that wears headbands that some are white some are black. Federation Rulebook doesn't say that they all must be the same color. Is this correct?

 A.    Headbands may be worn. They are limited to no wider than two inches, must be of a solid color and all the same/similar color to each other.

Q.    Also one more question. Players using tape to hold the shin guards or socks in place is legal. Now we've got teams using different colored tape. Opposing coaches feel this to be unfair.

A.    Players can wear tape to hold their shin pads and stockings in place; there is no restriction on the color. Don't let them get carried away in decorating their socks with tape.

Q.    A middle school coach asked me for a time out, do we have one in soccer?

A.    National Federation Rules do not have a 'time out' provision.

Posted 8-6-09

Q.  I have a girl on the soccer team who has springs on her braces and has to have the mouth guard cut because the springs in the back of her mouth will not allow a mouth guard over them.  The last two molars are not covered.  I realize normally this is not allowed but what would happen.  Does she need an Orthodontist’s note?

 A.  This will be acceptable upon the Orthodontist issueing a note and it being presented by the player at each game.

Posted 10-29-08 

Goal or no goal after hand ball.

Q.  An offensive player takes a shot on goal and the defender deliberately uses hands to stop the shot from going into the goal. The referee sounds a whistle. Goal or no goal? Or, can the referee award a goal?

A.   It is always advisable to delay the whistle to see what is going to happen. That being said. Once the defender handled the ball deliberately and prevented the ball from going over the goal line, and the whistle has blown - NO GOAL! The player handling the ball is given a red card, may not be substituted, and a penalty kick is awarded to the opponent. Officials can not award goals.

Length of Game during playoffs

Q.  What is the amount of time in the tournament to be considered a complete game. The question has come up from a couple of AD's today. I found nothing in the MPA bulletin. It talks about tie games only and they will be replayed in its entirely.

A.  The game, if it can not be continued, is considered complete after the first half has been completed. Do everything you can to finish a game before calling it complete. 

Posted 10-24-08  Interfering with Goalkeeper Punt

Q.  What is the situation if you have a goalie get possession of a cross and jog out to the top of the 18, but an opposing player follows the path of the goalie and gets in front of her and starts jumping up and down to attempt to block the punt?

A.  if the goalkeeper is in the punting phase and a player challenges him or her, then it is a violation. But once the ball has left the keeper’s foot, then players may try to get the ball. The trick is that they cannot block the keepers kick or challenge the keeper while he or she is punting. Technically, in the case that you’re describing this could be ruled as obstruction and an indirect free kick awarded. Also, looking at what you describe the opposing players shadowing the goalkeeper solely for the purpose of trying to block the punt or interfere with the punt or release of the ball could be considered unsportsmanlike behavior and the player could be given a caution card.  I hope this answers your question.  If the keeper is dropping the ball, for a drop kick, the ball must hit the ground before it can be challenged.

Penalty: Indirect free kick.

Posted 10-9-08  Offside, Throw-In and Casts

Q.  Player B plays a long ball into the corner. B1 in an offside position but not in the play - easily 40 yards from the ball is in a foot race with the defender to get to the ball. B1 narrowly beats the defender to the ball.  When do you blow the whistle for offside and where is the ball spotted? FIFA would blow the whistle when B1 touches the ball and spot the ball 40 yards back up the field where B1 was first determined to be in an offside position.

A.  There are subtle differences between NF / NISOA / FIFA rules interpretations and applications. When do we judge offside? Various FIFA interpretations do tell us:  At the moment the ball is played or touched by a TEAMMATE. Another FIFA interpretation tells us: For an attacker to go from being in an offside position to offside, the ball must be last touched or played to him by a player on his own team. One could argue, that although B1 has not yet touched the ball, he or she has made a move to play the ball; and that it was played to him/her by a teammate.  Under National Federation rules Once you determine that B1, who was in an offside position, is competing for or attempting to play the ball blow the whistle for offside. The ball is placed where B1 was at the time the whistle was blown.  If you chose to hold the whistle to see who gains control of the ball, instead of whistling offside at the outset, I suppose you could do that. An awfully lot can happen though during that run to the ball, that the referee could have prevented by calling offside.

Q.    Player 1 one takes a throw in; and the ball never breaks the plain and enters the field. What do I do? Or  (2) the ball enters the filed but the wind blows it out of bounds before any other player touches it?

A.  When the ball hits the ground never having entered the filed of play, a new throw-in is awarded to the opponent and is taken from the spot of the original throw, not where it landed. In (2) if the ball enters the field of play and then goes back out of bounds, the ball is awarded to the opponent for a throw -in where the ball left the field of play - and that could be many yards  up or down the field.

Q.  A player, instinctively, raises their hands to protect themselves from a ball that is kicked at them. Is this a handling?

A.  The interpretations vary from Association to Association and country to country. In FIFA U.S. youth soccer (say U-12), generally if a player instinctively raises their hands to protect themselves from injury, there is no violation called.  In other countries the violation is called. At upper more skilled age levels of U.S. FIFA youth soccer (U-17, Premier or Classic teams) the violation is called as the older player might generally head the ball away. In National Federation Rules age is not considered. If a player intentional moves their hands to the ball they are in violation of the rule and handling should be called.

Q.   A player is wearing a cast. If the coach or player does not have a medical note for that player at the game site, can he or she play. What about liability if I let him/her play and I don't see a note?

A.  No. The NF rules is very specific, there must be a medical release from a medical provider, MD or DO at the game site. You must ask for it and you must see it before a player may play! Liability - well there is a good question, especially if someone gets hurt.  "Referee did you know the rule - Yes.  Yet you allowed the player to play in violation of the rule?  Yes." I am not a lawyer but I might be concerned

Posted 9-19-2008    Offside?

Q.  Team Blue has B1 in the offside position when the Red goal keeper punts the ball down field. B2 heads the ball back towards B1. R1 attempts to head the ball and misses deflecting the ball towards B1. Is B1 offside?

A.  Player B1 should be called offside. If the offside position existed, the resulting deflection will not change offside restrictions.  NO the ball does not require a direct player to player trajectory and any deflection of the ball off an OPPONENT does not undo the offside restriction. Ask yourself, "did the defender control the ball?" This call is very similar to A1 in an offside position when A2 shoots on goal. The goalie makes a wonderful save and deflects the ball to A1. A1 is ruled offside because the goalie did not control the ball and A1 gained an advantage by being there.

Posted 9-12-2008    Improper Equipment

Q.     So, in the case of a player who has his legal mouthpiece hanging out of his mouth while playing the ball ("improper equipment"), the official shall, at the next stoppage of play:

1)  remove the offending player
2)  not allow a substitute for that player
3)  allow that player to re-enter at the next stoppage of play, and only after the player has been checked by the official(s)

Q.     And in the case of a player with too-small (illegal) shin guards, the official shall, at the next stoppage of play:
1)  signal to stop the clock
2)  remove the player

3)  caution the coach (if it's the first illegal equipment on his team; or caution the player if it is the 2nd or more illegal equipment violation on his team)

4)  Allow a substitution for the player only if the player was cautioned

5)  Allow that player to re-enter at the next stoppage of play if the coach was cautioned, and only after the player has been checked by the official(s)

 Q.    So if we see a player who is running down the field playing the ball with the mouthpiece  hanging out of the mouth what do we do?

A.    At the next stoppage of play send the player off, and allow him/her to re-enter at the next stoppage of play after reporting to an official. No sub for this player.

Q.    And if 5 minutes later we see this same player again playing the ball with his/her mouthpiece hanging out of the mouth can we caution card the player?

A.     Yes you can, you would be cautioning for a persistent infringement of the rules

Posted 9-1-2008    Head covering

Q.        Can a female soccer player, who is Muslim, wear a head covering?

 A.        The Maine Principals’ Association recognizes the religious diversity of soccer players around the State of Maine. As such Muslim female players may wear a hijab or similar head covering of soft material. Generally it shall conform to the basic shape of the players head and be tucked into the uniform jersey.

 

 Q.        Female Muslims may also be required to cover their arms and legs, how will that be handled?

 A.        National Federation rules currently allow a player to wear visible apparel under the jersey and shorts. Remember, however, that all players wearing visible apparel must wear apparel of similar length and color. As such a Muslim female player could wear sweat pants or warm up pants or jacket, etc under her shorts or jersey. Visible under apparel must be solid in color.

Posted August 8, 2008    Knee Braces covered?

Q.    Last year knee braces had to have some sort of protective covering for a player to play. This year there is a point of emphasis in the rule book that is contrary to that. What do we do?

A.     This year the only time a knee brace would have to be covered is if it had exposed metal; or you thought it might be dangerous to another player. The referee has final decision making authority as to equipment being safe or not.

Q.    A player has a knee brace and she has a signed note from her orthopedic surgeon and a note from her athletic director. May the referee determine that the knee brace is dangerous and not allow her to play even though the girl was allowed to play last weekend wearing the same brace?

A.     RULING: The referee has the authority to determine whether equipment is dangerous or confusing. (4-2-1, Situation H (b), 5-2-2d4)

Posted August 15, 2008    Illegal Equipment

    Q.    After the start of the game, I see a player who is wearing illegal equipment, what do I do?

    A.    After the game has started, if you see an illegally equipped player, at the next stoppage of play you stop the clock and issue a caution card to the player's coach - NOT the player. The player is sent off the filed to repair the equipment. The player him or herself may return at the next stoppage of player (foul, out of bounds etc)- after reporting to the nearest official who will check the equipment. The team plays short handed until the offending player returns or until his or her team can substitute.

    Q.  If a player is sent of the field for illegal equipment, and the coach is cautioned, may that player be replaced or substituted for?

    A.  This is a case where the coach is being cautioned. This player may not be replaced or substituted,  the team plays short handed until the next stoppage of play when that same player may reenter (after you check the equipment), or the next substitution opportunity for that team.

    Q.      Before a game started, I asked the coach if all of his players were properly equipped and was told 'yes.' After the game started I saw a player not wearing shin pads so I stopped the clock and issued a caution card to the coach. I sent the player off and let him on at the next stoppage of play. Then during a drop ball situation I saw another player from the same team without a mouth guard - what should I have done?

    A.    In situation 1, you were correct in giving the coach the first caution card and handled the re-entry properly as the player re-entered the game and was not subbed for. In the second case of illegal equipment, and not having a mouth guard is being illegally equipped - stop the clock, if you have not dropped the ball, issue the player a caution card. That player under the MPA rule must sit out for ten minutes. that player may be substituted. REMEMBER - only the first caution card for illegal equipment goes to the Coach - all subsequent cards go to the players!

    Q.    What is illegal equipment?

    A.    If it does not conform with rule 4 -player equipment, or with the MPA mouth guard rule it is illegal equipment and caution cards are issued in accordance with the rule.

    Q.     What is improper equipment and how do I handle that?

    A.    Improper equipment would be something like a shin pad that the player was holding in his/her hand, or a mouth piece not being worn properly. Even a shoe being carried in the player's hand could be considered improper equipment. The proper procedure for handling improper equipment is to send the player off the field ate the next stoppage of play - the team plays short handed. That player may return at the next stoppage of play, foul, out of bounds etc, or may be substituted at the next opportunity for that team.

Posted 9-24-07

PENALTY KICK:  As soon as it was called the keeper went to the outside the goal and removed her gloves and spent considerable time tucking in her shirt and then putting her gloves back on.  At halftime I talked to the other official about carding her for delay. In the second half on another penalty kick I heard some tell the second keeper to take off her gloves.  She said she couldn't get them off.    

A.  Clock is stopped so I am not sure what the delay would be, however her acts do seem to amount to gamesmanship and I would warn her to get into the goal and prepare to play. I f she does not, you might consider issuing a card

A defender was dribbling the ball and the keeper stole the ball  from them.  Is this deliberately kicking the ball to the keeper.  I am worried this may become a tactic.       

A.  Referee must judge if the defender deliberately played the ball to the goal keeper. If there is any doubt, verbally caution or warn the defender and keeper what your thoughts are. Perhaps something to the effect of :That looked like he played that back to you keep – don’t do it again. 

Excessive celebration.  A player scored late in the game and ran to the sideline at which point the whole team piled   on him including the whole bench.

A.    If a team that has scored is not ready to receive the kick off following their   scoring     of a goal as a result of celebration you may caution someone. I might verbally warn the coach first and give him a chance to correct the situation quickly. Happens again, oh well they had their chance and warning.

A player is pulled down from behind in penalty area and the ball popped out to the wing who plays ball wide of goal.  Do you go back and call penalty kick or give goal kick and would you card for pull down??  

A.    If you let it go and the winger has a chance to shoot – no second chances and you give the goal kick. I am not sure that I would give a play on in the box. Yes, I would caution card the defender for a deliberate tactical foul.

Jockeying for position before corner kick.  Any advice?? 

A.    Lead or trail referee can say Numbers 6 and 8 "I am watching you – play the ball." That should do it. If there is a foul that affects the outcome of the play you can award a free kick for the violation. Referees could also say “Joe watch the goal mouth on this kick” loud enough for the players to hear you. They might have some second thoughts on how they are behaving. Preventative communications..

Posted 9-15-07

Question:  A Bradley player kicks the ball (with his foot) back to the Bradley goal keeper, who is outside of the penalty box. The Bradley goal keeper foot traps the ball, dribbles it into the goal area and picks it up with his hands to punt or throw. Is this violation?

Answer: Yes. the goal keeper may not play with his or her hands any ball that is received directly from a team mates pass with the foot; no matter where the ball is received or if it is trapped with their body etc when passed back. Indirect free kick from where the goal keeper played the ball with his or her hands.

Question: Do all MPA sanctioned games have overtime if the game is tied at the end of 80 minutes?

Answer:  Yes. In accordance with the MPA rules, high school games, if tied at the end of regulation play shall play up to two five minute sudden death periods. The sudden death periods are preceded by a mandatory five minute waiting period and a coin toss to see who will kick off and or what end will be defended by the team winning the coin toss. Tournament play overtime is different - check your MPA Soccer Bulletin.

Question:  Where do I place the ball for an offside call?

Answer:    The ball is placed in the immediate vicinity of the player who was in the offside position, not where the player was who kicked the ball.

Posted 8-29-07

A player is identified by his coach as legally equipped. During the course of the game the player is seen running down the field – playing the ball with his mouth piece ½ in ½ out. What do we do?

At the next stoppage of play the player gets a caution card. But, do we also caution the coach?  The answer is ‘no.’ This is a case where the player was properly equipped but improperly wearing or using the equipment. This is the player’s responsibility.

If a player is sent of the field for illegal equipment, and the coach is cautioned, may that player be replaced or substituted for?

This is a case where the coach is being cautioned. This player may not be replaced or substituted for UNLESS a player was- prior to the whistle and stoppage of play- already reported to the scorer’s table. Otherwise the team plays short handed until the next stoppage of play when that same player may reenter (after you check the equipment), or the next substitution opportunity for that team.

From South Central Maine:  What happens if you notice more than one player who has illegal equipment such as shin guards, do I give multiple cards?

The answer is ‘no.’ If you see multiple players with similar violations prior to the game there is no caution and the coach should have his or her players correct the problem. After the game starts and you see multiple violations of a similar nature – only one caution card is given.

 The Force 90 padded head band has more than one logo on it and the NF rules stipulate only one logo. Can the player wear the head band.

 Yes, the Force 90 padded headband is legal for players as manufactured.

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2009-10 Soccer Rules Interpretations

Publisher's Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Robert F. Kanaby, Publisher, NFHS Publications 2009

SITUATION 1: A game is to be played on a field where the home team's logo obscures the halfway line and center circle. RULING: Illegal. The game may be played; however, the referee must notify the state association following the game.  (1-2-1, Situation B)

SITUATION 2: Many school districts are building multi-use, artificial-turf facilities primarily for soccer, football, and track and field. May soccer goals be placed on the end line of the football field even if they are not two yards in front of the football goal posts? RULING: No. COMMENT: Rule 1-4-1 states "If used on a football field, portable goals should be anchored at least 2 yards in front of the base of the existing football goalposts."

SITUATION 3: Can schools purchase nets with the name or mascot of the school stenciled on it? RULING: Yes.   (1-4-2)

SITUATION 4: If the required team area markings are absent, should the coach be restricted to the area directly in front of the team bench? RULING: Yes.  (1-5-3)

SITUATION 5: Kicks from the penalty mark are being utilized to determine the winner in a tie game. The official allows both teams to sit in the middle of the field while the kicks are being taken. RULING: Illegal. Unless participating in the kicks as a kicker or goalkeeper, team members, coaches and other bench personnel shall remain in the team area.  (1-5-3)

SITUATION 6: The referee notices prior to the start of the contest that team benches are located on opposite sides of the field in unmarked areas at the halfway line. The referee informs game management to move the teams to areas diagonally opposite from each other, 10 feet from the sideline and provide some type of marking to denote each team's area. RULING: Correct procedure. In absence of host game management, inform the home team's head coach. If the situation cannot be corrected, play the game and file a report.  (1-5-3, Exception)

SITUATION 7: 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. RULING: (a) Incorrect. A substitute entering the game shall not take the penalty kick. (3-3-2-e2) (b) Legal.  (3-3-2)

SITUATION 8: 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.  (3-3-2, Situation K)

SITUATION 9: 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.  (3-3-3, 4)

SITUATION 10: A player from Team A has a violent collision with an opponent when attempting to play the ball, is knocked down and, in the judgment of the official, was apparently unconscious. The player is removed from the game and after being checked by the school's athletic trainer, is sent to the table by the head coach to re-enter the game. RULING: Incorrect procedure. When this player was determined by the official to possibly be unconscious, the player may not return to play that game without written authorization by a physician (MD/DO).  (3-3-2-b-3)

SITUATION 11: Both teams have players checked in at the scorer's table prior to a dead-ball substitution opportunity (injured player). Once the dead-ball substitution opportunity occurs and the referee beckons the players onto the field, must these players enter the field of play? RULING: Yes.  (3-4-1 Situation)

SITUATION 12: Are players required to wear NOCSAE-approved shinguards? RULING: Yes, shinguards must meet NOCSAE specifications and bear the NOCSAE seal either on the inside tag or embossed on the actual shinguard.  (4-1-1)

SITUATION 13: Player A begins the game as required with legal shinguards under his/her stockings. During the first half, the referee observes him/her removing the shinguards and throwing them to the bench area. RULING: The referee should caution the player at the next stoppage of play or immediately when a dangerous situation occurs.  (4-1-1, Situation F)

SITUATION 14: May a team use a navy-and-white striped jersey as both home and away uniforms? RULING: No. COMMENT: There is no predominant color, and the home jersey must be light and away jerseys dark.  (4-1-1, Situation D)

SITUATION 15: A2 enters the game with an ankle brace outside of the stocking. RULING: This is considered legal as long as the brace is not metal or made with unyielding equipment. Ankle braces made of metal or unyielding material must be covered by a stocking.  (4-2-1-g)

SITUATION 16: Is soft-padded headgear made of soft material legal for field players? RULING: Yes, as long as the product does not contain any hard or unyielding material. (4-2-2, Situation A.)

SITUATION 17: 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 are properly and legally equipped according to NFHS Soccer Rules. 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 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 18: At the start of the second half, the referee observes that player A3 who had played the first half properly equipped, is now wearing a watch. The game is stopped, the player is sent off the field and a yellow card is issued to the head coach.  RULING: Correct procedure as long as this is the team's first illegally equipped penalty of the game.  (4-3)

SITUATION 19: (a) The officials arrive at the game with a shirt that matches the goalkeeper of one of the teams, but not the field players. (b) The officials arrive at the game with a shirt that matches the field players of one of the teams. RULING: (a) Legal; (b) illegal, the officials must change the color of their shirts.  (5-1-3-a)

SITUATION 20: Is it mandatory for the head referee to address coaches and players prior to the game about good sportsmanship? RULING: No. COMMENT: The head referee shall address good sportsmanship during the pregame conference with the head coach and team captains.  (5-2-2d 2).

SITUATION 21: A player has a knee brace. She has a signed note from her orthopedic surgeon and a note from her athletic director. May the referee determine that the knee brace is dangerous and not allow her to play even though the girl was allowed to play last weekend wearing the same brace? RULING: The referee has the authority to determine whether equipment is dangerous or confusing.  (5-2-2d 4)

SITUATION 22: Are officials mandated by rule to use the official NFHS Soccer Signals in a contest? RULING:  Yes. (5-3-1-b)

SITUATION 23: Team A prepares to kick off and the ball is moved backward to a teammate. RULING: This is an incorrect kickoff. Team A will re-take the kickoff without penalty.  (8-1-3)

SITUATION 24: The coach from Team A is text-messaging his assistant coach who is in the spectator stands. RULING: Illegal. The coach must be cautioned for unsporting conduct.  (12-8-1-e)

SITUATION 25: A person within Team A's team area spits at the referee. RULING: The person, if identifiable, is disqualified. If not identifiable, the coach is disqualified. The game is restarted with an indirect free kick to the opposing team from the point where the ball was when play was stopped.  (12-8-3, Situation C)

2008-09 Soccer Rules Interpretations

Publisher's Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Robert F. Kanaby, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2008

SITUATION 1: May a soccer game be played on a football field where all markings are in white? RULING: Yes, however, the NFHS recommends that the soccer markings contrast in color to the football markings. (1-2-1 and 1-2-1 Situation)

SITUATION 2: Many school districts are building multi-use, artificial-turf facilities primarily for soccer, football and track and field. May soccer goals be placed on the end line of the football field even if they are not two yards in front of the football goalposts? RULING: No. COMMENT: Rule 1-4-1 states "If used on a football field, portable goals should be anchored at least 2 yards in front of the base of the existing football goalposts."

SITUATION 3: Can schools purchase nets with the name or mascot of the school stenciled on it? RULING: Yes. The school name or mascot is not considered advertisement. (1-4-2)

SITUATION 4: If the required team area markings are absent, should the coach be restricted to the area directly in front of the team bench? RULING: Yes. (1-5-3)

SITUATION 5: The referee notices prior to the start of the contest that team benches are located on opposite sides of the field in unmarked areas at the halfway line. The referee informs game management to move the teams to areas diagonally opposite from each other, 10 feet from the sideline and provide some type of marking to denote each team's area. RULING: Correct procedure. In absence of host game management, inform the home team's head coach. If the situation cannot be corrected, play the game and file a report. (1-5-3 Exception)

SITUATION 6: Can a team substitute an unlimited number of players from the bench after a) a caution, b) an injured player who is required to leave the field of play or c) after a goal is scored? RULING: In a) and b), a team may not substitute an unlimited number of players from the bench but may substitute for the cautioned/injured player. In c), either team may substitute an unlimited number of players. (3-3-1, 3-3-2)

SITUATION 7: Neither team has substitutes at the scorer's table when a player becomes injured. Can either team substitute an unlimited number of players? RULING: No. COMMENT: However, the injured player may be substituted for from the bench. (3-3-2b)

SITUATION 8: A player from Team A has a violent collision with an opponent when attempting to play the ball, is knocked down and, in the judgment of the official, was apparently unconscious. The player is removed from the game and after being checked by the school's athletic trainer, is sent to the table by the head coach to re-enter the game. RULING: Incorrect procedure. When this player was determined by the official to possibly be unconscious, the player may not return to play that game without written authorization by a physician (MD/DO). (3-3-2b3)

SITUATION 9: Both teams have players checked in at the scorer's table prior to a dead-ball substitution opportunity (injured player). Once the dead-ball substitution opportunity occurs and the referee beckons the players onto the field, must these players enter the field of play? RULING: Yes. (3-4-1a and 3-4-1 Situation)

SITUATION 10: Are players required to wear NOCSAE-approved shin guards? RULING: Yes, beginning with the 2008 fall season, shin guards must meet NOCSAE specifications and bear the NOCSAE seal either on the inside tag or embossed on the actual shin guard. (4-1-1)

SITUATION 11: May a team use a navy-and-white striped jersey as both home and away uniforms? RULING: Yes. COMMENT: Home jerseys must be light and away jerseys dark. (4-1-1a)

SITUATION 12: Are warm-ups with multiple logos permitted to be worn by bench players or coaches? RULING: Yes. Warm-ups are not restricted. (4-1-1)

SITUATION 13: Is soft-padded headgear made of soft material legal for field players? RULING: Yes, as long as the product does not contain any hard or unyielding material. (4-2-2 Situation A)

SITUATION 14: A player is wearing a protective face mask that is molded to the face with no protrusions. The player, who does not have a facial injury, has a medical release signed by a physician that suggests she wear the mask to prevent possible future injuries. RULING: Illegal. Only players with facial injuries are permitted to wear a protective face mask. (4-2-8)

SITUATION 15: The official observes that player A1 is wearing improper equipment. The official stops the game at the appropriate time and sends the player off the field of play. The coach wants to substitute for A1 (a) from the bench; (b) from players who had already reported before play was stopped. RULING: Illegal in both situations. (4-3 Penalty, Improperly Equipped Players)

SITUATION 16: At the start of the second half, the referee observes that player A3, who had played the first half properly equipped, is now wearing a watch. The game is stopped, the player is sent off the field and a yellow card is issued to the head coach. RULING: Correct procedure as long as this is the team's first illegally equipped penalty of the game. (4-3 Penalty, Illegally Equipped Players)

SITUATION 17: Is it permissible for officials to wear a shirt with the USSF logo on it? RULING: Only if permitted by the state association. (5-1-3)

SITUATION 18: Is it mandatory for the head referee to address coaches and players prior to the game about good sportsmanship? RULING: No. COMMENT: The head referee shall address good sportsmanship during the pregame conference with the head coach and team captains. (5-2-2d2)

SITUATION 19: A player has a knee brace and she has a signed note from her orthopedic surgeon and a note from her athletic director. May the referee determine that the knee brace is dangerous and not allow her to play even though the girl was allowed to play last weekend wearing the same brace? RULING: The referee has the authority to determine whether equipment is dangerous or confusing. (4-2-1, Situation H (b), 5-2-2d4)

SITUATION 20: Are officials mandated by rule to use the official NFHS Soccer Signals in a contest? RULING: Yes. (5-3-1b)

SITUATION 21: If a game is terminated by the referee due to fighting, regardless of the score at the time, does the official have the authority to declare a winner? RULING: No. The matter must be reported to the state association, which will declare a winner. (7-1-3 Situation)

SITUATION 22: A player from both Team A and Team B are involved in misconduct at the halfway line while Team A is in possession of the ball on the 18-yard line near Team B's goal. RULING: Allow the play to exhaust its momentum and then card both players for their actions. COMMENT: Since it is an on-the-field infraction, a restart with a drop ball should occur at the spot of the fouls. (9-2-1d)

SITUATION 23: The coach from Team B complains to the referee that the coach from Team A is text-messaging his assistant coach who is in the spectator stands. RULING: Illegal. The coach must be cautioned for unsporting conduct if the referee actually determines that the coach was text messaging. (12-8-1e)

SITUATION 24: A head coach is assessed a second yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct. What should the official do? RULING: The proper procedure for a coach or bench personnel receiving a second yellow card is to disqualify that individual from the contest by displaying a yellow card first, immediately followed by a red card. (5-3-1f2) COMMENT: This mechanic is used because a substitute is not allowed as it is when a yellow card and red card are shown simultaneously.

SITUATION 25: A player from Team A is guilty of spitting at (a) an opponent and (b) a game official. The restart shall be a direct free kick in both situations. RULING: In (a), a direct free kick; in (b), an indirect free kick. (13-2-1a and 13-2-2j)

 

 

2007-08 NFHS Soccer Rules Interpretations


Publisher's Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Robert F. Kanaby, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2007

SITUATION 1: May a soccer game be played on a football field where all markings are in white? RULING: Yes, however, the NFHS recommends that the soccer markings contrast in color to the football markings.  (1-2-1)

SITUATION 2: Many school districts are building multi-use, artificial-turf facilities primarily for soccer, football and track. May soccer goals be placed on the end line of the football field even if they are not two yards in front of the football goal posts? RULING: No. COMMENT: Rule 1-4-1 states that "portable goals. . .if used on football fields should be anchored at least 2 yards in front of the existing football goal posts."

SITUATION 3: Can schools purchase nets with the name or mascot of the school stenciled on it? RULING: Yes. (1-4-2)

SITUATION 4: If the required team area markings are absent, should the coach be restricted to the area directly in front of the team bench? RULING: Yes. (1-5-3)

SITUATION 5: The referee notices prior to the start of the contest that team benches are located on opposite sides of the field in unmarked areas at the halfway line. The referee informs game management to move the teams to areas diagonally opposite from each other, 10 feet from the sideline and provide some type of marking to denote each team's area. RULING: Correct procedure. In absence of host game management, inform the home team's head coach. If the situation cannot be corrected, play the game and file a report.

SITUATION 6: A player from Team A has a violent collision with an opponent when attempting to play the ball, is knocked down and, in the judgment of the official, was apparently unconscious. The player is removed from the game and after being checked by the school's athletic trainer, is sent to the table by the head coach to re-enter the game. RULING: Incorrect procedure. When this player was determined by the official to possibly be unconscious, the player may not return to play that day without written authorization by a physician (MD/DO).  (3-3-2-b-3)

SITUATION 7: Both teams have players checked in at the scorer's table prior to a dead-ball substitution opportunity (injured player). Once the dead-ball substitution opportunity occurs and the referee beckons the players onto the field, must these players enter the field of play? RULING: Yes. (3-4-1-a)

SITUATION 8: Are players required to wear NOCSAE-approved shin guards beginning January 1, 2008?  RULING: No, however, effective with the 2008 fall season, shin guards must meet NOCSAE specifications and bear the NOCSAE seal.  (4-1-1)

SITUATION 9: May a team use a navy-and-white striped jersey as both home and away uniforms? RULING: No. COMMENT: There is no predominant color, and the home jersey must be light and away jerseys dark. (4-1-1)

SITUATION 10: Can schools put players' names on the backs of their jerseys? RULING: Yes, as long as the name doesn't obstruct the player's number. (4-1-1-j)

SITUATION 11: Are padded headbands made of soft material legal for field players? RULING: Yes, as long as the product does not contain any hard or unyielding material. (4-2-3)

SITUATION 12: A player is wearing a protective face mask that is molded to the face with no protrusions. The player, who does not have a facial injury, has a medical release signed by a physician that suggests she wear the mask to prevent possible future injuries. RULING: Illegal. Only players with facial injuries are permitted to wear a protective face mask.  (4-2-8)

SITUATION 13 FOR 2007-08 HAS BEEN REMOVED AS IT WAS INCORRECT

SITUATION 14: At the start of the second half, the referee observes that player A3 who had played the first half properly equipped is now wearing a watch. The game is stopped, the player is sent off the field and a yellow card is issued to the head coach. RULING: Correct procedure. (4-3)

SITUATION 15: A player who is properly equipped intentionally re-moves required equipment. The coach is cautioned. RULING: Incorrect procedure. Stop play, caution the player for unsporting conduct, send the player off and allow a substitute.  (4-3, 12-8-1)

SITUATION 16: A player's equipment becomes illegal through the course of play, such as, a shin guard pops out, shoes come off, blood on uniform, etc. The coach is cautioned for an improperly equipped player. RULING: Incorrect procedure. Stop play at the appropriate time, do not issue a card, send the player off to correct or correct during stoppage if possible, and no substitutions allowed unless by rule.

SITUATION 17: A state association defines "immediate surroundings" to include that area between the field of play and the entrance to the parking lot. After the game, the referee is verbally assaulted by a coach (a) somewhere between the field of play and the parking lot; (b) in the parking lot.  The referee issues a red card to the coach in both situations. RULING: Legal in (a), illegal in (b). A report to the proper authority must be filed in both situations. (5-1-2)

SITUATION 18: Is it permissible for officials to wear a shirt with the USSF logo on it? RULING: Only if permitted by the state association.  (5-1-3)

SITUATION 19: Is it mandatory for the head referee to address coaches and players prior to the game about good sportsmanship? RULING: Yes. COMMENT: The NFHS has instituted this practice in all sports.  (5-2-2).

SITUATION 20: Are officials mandated by rule to use the official NFHS Soccer Signals in a contest? RULING: Yes. (5-3-1-b)

SITUATION 21: Under NFHS rules, must the player actually touch the ball to be judged offside for "interfering with play?" RULING: No. COMMENT: Although other rules bodies may interpret this way, the high school game does not require that the player touch the ball in this situation. (11-1-3, Diagrams 8, 12, 13)

SITUATION 22: A player from both Team A and Team B are involved in misconduct at the halfway line while Team A is in possession of the ball on the 18-yard line near Team B's goal. RULING: Allow the play to exhaust its momentum and then card both players for their actions. COMMENT: Since it is an on-the-field infraction, a restart with a drop ball should occur at the spot of the fouls. (12-8-1, 2, 3)

SITUATION 23: The coach from Team B complains to the referee that the coach from Team A is text-messaging his assistant coach who is in the spectator stands. RULING: Illegal. The coach must be cautioned for unsporting conduct.  (12-8-1-e)

SITUATION 24: A head coach is assessed a second yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct. What should the official do? RULING: The proper procedure for a coach or bench personnel receiving a second yellow card is to disqualify that individual from the contest by displaying a yellow card first, immediately followed by a red card. (12-8-3) COMMENT: This mechanic is used because a substitute is not allowed as it is when a yellow card and red card are shown simultaneously.

SITUATION 25: A player from Team A is guilty of spitting at (a) an opponent and (b) a game official. The restart shall be a direct free kick in both situations. RULING: In (a), a direct free kick; in (b), an indirect free kick. (12-8-3 d and e)
 

 

2006-07 Soccer Rules Interpretations

SITUATION 1: May a soccer game be played on a football field where all markings are in white? RULING: Yes; however, the NFHS recommends that the soccer markings contrast in color to the football markings. (1-2-1)

SITUATION 2: Many school districts are building multi-use artificial turf facilities primarily for soccer, football and track. May soccer goals be placed on the end line of the football field even if they are not two yards in front of the football goal posts? RULING: No. COMMENT: Rule 1-4-1 states that "portable goals€¦if used on football fields should be anchored at least 2 yards in front of the existing football goal posts."

SITUATION 3: Can schools purchase nets with the name or mascot of the school stenciled on it? RULING: Yes. (1-4-2)

SITUATION 4: If the required team area markings are absent, should the coach be restricted to the area directly in front of the team bench? RULING: Yes. (1-5-3)

SITUATION 5: A player from Team A has a violent collision with an opponent when attempting to play the ball, is knocked down, and in the judgment of the official was apparently unconscious. The player is removed from the game and after being checked by the school's athletic trainer, is sent to the table by the head coach to re-enter the game. RULING: Incorrect procedure. When this player was determined by the official to possibly be unconscious, the player may not return to play that day without written authorization by a physician (MD/DO). (3-3-2-b-3)

SITUATION 6: Both teams have players checked in at the scorer's table prior to a dead-ball substitution opportunity (injured player). Once the dead-ball substitution opportunity occurs and the referee beckons the players onto the field, must these players enter the field of play? RULING: Yes. (3-4-1-a)

SITUATION 8: May a team use a navy and white striped jersey as both home and away uniforms? RULING: No. COMMENT: There is no predominant color, and the home jersey must be light and away jerseys dark. (4-1-1)

SITUATION 9: The contest officials notice in their pregame inspection that some members of Team B are wearing visible, red compression shorts under their uniform shorts and others on the same team have visible, white compression shorts under their uniform shorts. Is this acceptable? RULING: No. Team B may wear compression shorts under the uniform shorts, but all team members must wear the same single, solid color. (4-1-1)

SITUATION 10: (a) Player No. 1 on Team A is wearing sport eyewear and (b) player No. 2 is wearing non-prescription sun glasses. Are these pieces of equipment legal? RULING: Legal in (a) and not legal in (b). (4-1-1)

SITUATION 11: Can schools put players' names on the backs of their jerseys? RULING: Yes, as long as the names don't obstruct the players' numbers. (4-1-1-j)

SITUATION 12: May players other than the goalkeeper wear gloves? RULING: Yes; however, if in the opinion of the referees the gloves are dangerous or confusing, they are illegal. (4-2-1)

SITUATION 13: Are padded headbands made of soft material legal for field players? RULING: Yes, as long as the product does not contain any hard or unyielding material. (4-2-3)

SITUATION 14: A player is wearing a protective face mask that is molded to the face with no protrusions. The player, who does not have a facial injury, has a medical release signed by a physician that suggests she wear the mask to prevent possible future injuries. RULING: Illegal. Only players with facial injuries are permitted to wear a protective face mask. (4-2-8)

SITUATION 15: A state association defines "immediate surroundings" to include that area between the field of play and the entrance to the parking lot. After the game, the referee is verbally assaulted by a coach (a) somewhere between the field of play and the parking lot; (b) in the parking lot. The referee gives a red card to the coach in both situations. RULING: Legal in (a), Illegal in (b). A report to the proper authority must be filed in both situations. (5-1-2)


SITUATION 16: During the pregame inspection just prior to the kickoff, a player dissents to the referee. The referee issues the player a caution. RULING: Legal. (5-1-2)

SITUATION 17: Is it permissible for officials to wear a shirt with the USSF logo on it? RULING: Only if permitted by the state association. (5-1-3)

SITUATION 18: Is it mandatory for the head referee to address coaches and players prior to the game about good sportsmanship? RULING: Yes. COMMENT: The NFHS has instituted this practice in all sports. (5-2-2)

SITUATION 19: Are officials mandated by rule to use the official NFHS Soccer Signals in a contest? RULING: Yes. (5-3-1-b)

SITUATION 20: If a game is terminated by the referee due to fighting, regardless of the score at the time, does the official have the authority to declare a winner? RULING: No. The matter must be reported to the state association, which will declare a winner. (7-1-3)

SITUATION 21: Under NFHS rules, must the player actually touch the ball to be judged offside for "interfering with play?" RULING: No. COMMENT: Although other rules bodies may interpret this way, the high school game does not require that the player touch the ball in this situation. (11-1-3, Diagrams 8, 12, 13)

SITUATION 22: A player from both Team A and Team B are involved in misconduct at the halfway line while Team A is in possession of the ball on the 18-yard line near Team B's goal. RULING: Allow the play to exhaust its momentum and then assess a card to both players for their actions. COMMENT: Since it is an on-the-field infraction, by rule there would be a restart with a drop ball at the spot of the fouls. (12-8-1, 2, 3)

SITUATION 23: The coach from Team B complains to the referee that the coach from Team A is text messaging his assistant coach who is in the spectator stands. RULING: Illegal. The coach must be cautioned for unsporting conduct. (12-8-1-e)

SITUATION 24: A head coach is assessed a second yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct. What should the official do? RULING: The proper procedure for a coach or bench personnel receiving a second yellow card is to disqualify that individual from the contest by displaying a red card (for second caution/yellow card) and request them to leave the immediate surroundings of the contest. (12-8-3)

SITUATION 25: If an assistant coach is awarded a subsequent (second) caution for unsportsmanlike conduct, must he/she leave the field? RULING: The issuance of a second caution to a coach or bench personnel results in the display of a red card and the coach/bench personnel is disqualified for the remainder of the contest and must leave the immediate surroundings of the field. (12-8-3)

SITUATION 26: A player from Team A is guilty of spitting at (a) an opponent and (b) a game official. The restart shall be a direct free kick in both situations. RULING: In (a) a direct free kick; in (b) an indirect free kick. (12-8-3 d and e)
 

New Interpretation in 2004: Quick Kick on Goal Kicks and other kicks taken from inside the penalty box.  During a goal kick Team A quick kicks the ball to try and gain an offensive advantage while Team B still has a player inside the penalty box. The ball goes directly to a team B player outside of the box ( the ball has cleared the box). The Team B player then passes the ball to his/her team mate who was still in the box when the goal kick was taken. The lead official blows his whistle because B2 never cleared the box and received the ball form B1.

Interpretation: Play should be allowed to continue. The NR Rules Committee has  determined that Team A had the opportunity to play the ball and legally placed the ball into play. The fact that Team A played the ball to an opponent as opposed to a team mate is an error by Team A. Once the opponent intercepts the ball he or she may play the ball forward to any team mate in an onside position. NOTE: Teams that try to take unfair advantage of the new interpretation by intentionally leaving players inside the box must not be allowed to gain an advantage. If referees sense players have been instructed to remain inside the box, they should take action!

SITUATION 1: If a game is terminated by the referee due to fighting, regardless of the score at the time, does the official have the authority to declare a winner? RULING: No. The matter must be reported to the state association, which will declare a winner. (7-1-3)

SITUATION 2: May the head coach send an assistant coach to the pregame conference with the head referee and captains to review pertinent rules, conduct the coin toss and verify that players are properly equipped? RULING: No. The NFHS Soccer Rules Committee now requires that the head coach attend this meeting and is not permitted to send an assistant coach. (5-2-2)

SITUATION 3: A player has a knee brace. She has a signed note from her orthopedic surgeon and a note from her athletic director. May the referee determine that the knee brace is dangerous and not allow her to play even though the girl was allowed to play last weekend wearing the same brace? RULING: Yes. The referee has the authority to determine whether equipment is dangerous or confusing. (5-2-2d 3)

SITUATION 4: Many school districts are building multi-use, artificial turf facilities primarily for soccer, football and track. May soccer goals be placed on the end line of the football field even if they are not two yards in front of the football goal posts? RULING: No. COMMENT: Rule 1-4-1 states that “portable goals…if used on football fields should be anchored at least 2 yards in front of the existing football goal posts.”

SITUATION 5: Can a team substitute an unlimited number of players from the bench after a) a caution, b) an injured player who is required to leave the field of play or c) after a goal is scored? RULING: In a) and b), a team may not substitute an unlimited number of players from the bench but may substitute for the cautioned/ injured player. In c), either team may substitute an unlimited number of players. (3-3-1, 3-3-2)

SITUATION 6: Under NFHS rules, must the player actually touch the ball to be judged offside for “interfering with play?” RULING: No. COMMENT: Although other rules bodies may interpret this way, the high school game does not require that the player touch the ball in this situation. (11-1-3; Diagrams 8, 12, 13)

SITUATION 7: Both teams have players checked in at the scorer’s table prior to a dead-ball substitution opportunity (injured player). Once the dead-ball substitution opportunity occurs and the referee beckons the players onto the field, must these players enter the field of play? RULING: Yes. (3-4-1a)

SITUATION 8: Are prescriptive sunglasses legal for play? RULING: Yes. (4-2-1)

SITUATION 9: May a team use a navy-and-white striped jersey as both home and away uniforms? RULING: No. COMMENT: There is no predominant color, and the home jersey must be light and away jerseys dark. (4-1-1)

SITUATION 10: Are sounding devices by spectators illegal? RULING: No, however, most state associations have regulations for tournament play that prohibit specific types of noise makers. COMMENT: If the sounding device is causing confusion on the field among officials or players, the official(s) has the authority to suspend play or terminate the game under 5-3-2g.

SITUATION 11: May player benches, scorer’s tables, fencing, bleachers or any objects be placed within 10 feet of the touch line or goal line? RULING: It is recommended that a 10-foot minimum boundary exist between the playing field and any object. (Soccer Field Diagram)

SITUATION 12: May a soccer game be played on a football field where all markings are in white? RULING: Yes, however, the NFHS recommends that the soccer markings contrast in color to the football markings. (1-2-1)

SITUATION 13: Can schools purchase nets with the name or mascot of the school stenciled on it? RULING: Yes. (1-4-2)

SITUATION 14: Neither team has substitutes at the scorer’s table when a player becomes injured. Can either team substitute an unlimited number of players? RULING: No, however, the injured player may be substituted for from the bench. (3-3-2b)

SITUATION 15: Can schools put players’ names on the backs of their jerseys? RULING: Yes, as long as the name doesn’t obstruct the player’s number. (4-1-1j)

SITUATION 16: May players other than the goalkeeper wear gloves? RULING: Yes, however, if in the opinion of the referees gloves are dangerous or confusing, they are illegal. (4-2-1)

SITUATION 17: Are warm-ups with multiple logos permitted to be worn by bench players or coaches? RULING: Yes. (4-1-1)

SITUATION 18: If a player is wearing shin guards no less than 2 inches above the ankle, are they legal even though the shin guard covers only half the shin? RULING: No. COMMENT: Shin guards must also be age- and size-appropriate and provide adequate protection. (4-1-1)

SITUATION 19: Are nose guards designed to protect a broken nose legal? RULING: No. (4-2-1)  PLAYERS AS OF 2006 COULD WEAR A MOLDED FACE MASK

SITUATION 20: Is it legal to wear a guard over eye glasses? RULING: No. (4-2-1)   PLAYERS AS OF 2006 COULD WEAR A MOLDED FACE MASK

SITUATION 21: Are padded headbands made of soft material legal for field players? RULING: Yes, as long as the product does not contain any hard or unyielding material. (4-2-3)

SITUATION 22: Are officials mandated by rule to use the official NFHS Soccer Signals in a contest? RULING: Yes. (5-3-1b)

SITUATION 23: Is it permissible for officials to wear a shirt with the USSF logo on it? RULING: Yes, if permitted by the state association. (5-1-3)

SITUATION 24: Is it mandatory for the head referee to address coaches and players prior to the game about good sportsmanship? RULING: Yes. COMMENT: The NFHS has instituted this practice in all sports. (5-2-2).           

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