2001 Points of Emphasis - Soccer
1) Player safety: Safety is the number one priority in any
game. When a player is injured or presumed to be injured the game should
be stopped. If it is determined that the player was faking the injury,
he/she should be cautioned for unsportsmanlike behavior. (12-8-1)
2) Portable goals: In the interest of safety, portable goals shall be
anchored, secured, or counterweighted. Many injuries occur because goals
are not properly stored or secured when not in use. Soccer goals are an
attractive nuisance and those who are responsible for the storage or security
of portable goals should go to extreme measures to discourage and prevent
individuals from using them before or after practices or games.
3) Sportsmanship: At the pre-game conference, the head referee shall address
coaches and players concerning aspects of good sportsmanship including
excessive celebration, profanity, and taunting. A short but firm statement
by the official outlining the action that will be taken for unsporting
behavior would be appropriate. It would be helpful to use specific examples
of behavior that will not be tolerated to make the point.
4) Ball holders: Home schools shall provide at least two ball holders.
The Soccer Rules Committee continues to encourage schools to make arrangements
in advance to comply with this requirement. Every attempt should be made
to secure two ball holders prior to starting a game. This should be addressed
in coach's and official's pre-game checklist. If ball holders are not
provided, the referee shall report the situation to the proper authorities.
5) Shinguards: There continues to be concern with players modifying shinguards,
thus jeopardizing their own safety. Shinguards shall not be altered, be
worn properly, and should afford each player's shins reasonable protection.
The official should examine both shinguards to verify that they provide
adequate protection to the shin of the player.
6) Caution/Disqualification Procedure: Whenever an official issues a card,
both coaches and the player shall be notified of the reason for the caution
or disqualification. Officials can enlist one of his/her assistant referees
to assist in the notification procedure. State associations may consider
using a reporting area designated prior to the game where officials can
notify scorers and coaches the reason for cautions or disqualifications.
The reporting area must be in an area that both scorers and coaches can
hear and see the official.