freely allowed on a throw-in, permitting both teams to substitute at the same
stoppage of play will increase the amount of playing time.
This will improve the flow of the game by cutting down on the number
of times substitutions are made. Substitutions
must have reported to the scoring table before the dead ball occurs.
The defending team may not send a substitute to the scoring table after
the dead ball occurs just because the team in possession has a substitute
ready to enter the game.
Rule 3-3-7 and 3-3-8
when a legal player may enter or re-enter the game when their team is playing
short for reasons other than misconduct.
Previously it was not clear when a player could re-enter the game in
various situations when a team was playing short.
the rule by eliminating specifications and taking into consideration new technology
in shoe design and construction. The NFHS Soccer Rules Committee is concerned
about the safety of the players first and encourages coaches and officials
to properly inspect cleats on shoes to be certain they are safe for play.
Over time cleats can become worn or jagged and become dangerous for
today has enabled manufacturers to design safe braces specifically for athletes.
The NFHS Soccer Rules Committee is concerned about the safety of the
player first and foremost and recognizes that altering the brace may void
its effectiveness. Sleeves designed for the brace the player is wearing are
change allows state high school associations more freedom to determine the
officials’ shirts. The NFHS Soccer
Rules Committee wants to clarify that each state association should determine
the color of the officials’ shirts in its state. The old language appeared more like a mandate than a guideline.
The committee strongly suggests that only NFOA or state association
logos be permitted on officials’ shirts.
change means that time wasting by the goalkeeper with the ball in his/her
hands or arms is now measured in time rather than distance. The rule no longer
limits the goalkeeper to taking four steps when he/she has control/possession
of the ball in his/her arms or hands.
The goalkeeper is allowed to carry the ball for a
maximum of six seconds, but may take as many steps as he/she chooses
within this period of time.
Rule 15-1-2Removes the requirement that referees judge if both hands have been used equally. This rule change brings back into focus the key elements of the throw-in, which are the player facing the field of play behind the touchline, the use of both hands (unless the player has only one hand), and delivering the ball from behind the head in one continuous motion.