Rules Updates


In the rule book on pages 41-43:

Specifically Rule 4 - Article I - section 1.a

“a. The home team shall wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks, and the visiting team shall wear dark jerseys and socks (dark is defined as any color which contrasts with white). Prior to and during the game, jerseys shall be tucked into the shorts, unless manufactured to be worn outside.”

Excerpt From: NFHS. “2015-16 NFHS Soccer Rules Book.” NFHS. iBooks.

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Solid white is defined as white only. No colored piping, trim, stripes or decorative colored threading is allowed. The jersey may have the players name, school name, school logo, American flag, manufacturers label and the numbers front and back.

For example, Adidas contrasting colored stripes are not in compliance!
NFHS Soccer Webpage


3-3-3(e) New: Since the clock is stopped when bench personnel are cautioned or disqualified, substitutes from both teams who have already reported may be beckoned by the referee and may enter the field of play. Previously, there was no provision for substitutes to enter the field of play during this type of stoppage.

4-1-1(h)3: Currently, the jersey of the goalkeeper must be distinctly different in color from his/her teammates and opposing field players. To differentiate opponents, it is important that the goalkeeper’s socks be included in this rule. Therefore, the goalkeeper’s socks must differ in color from the opposing field players.

Points of Emphasis

Heat Acclimatization and Safety Priorities
Fighting/Reckless Play
Tape or Similar Materials on Socks
Goal Kick

Previous Rules Modifications
Waiver to rule 4-1-1i1.; goal keeper jersey for the 2012-2014 seasons and a waiver to rule 4-1-1b; home white jerseys for the 2013-2015 seasons. (Jan. 2012)

Girls Overtime Procedure: Regular season games would have two 40 minute halves followed by two mandatory 10 minute fully played overtimes. In Sectional and State Tournament play, the overtimes would be two 10 minute periods of full play followed by two 5 minute sudden victory overtime periods, if needed, if still tied, penalty kicks. Co-champions would be declared in the State Championship game if the tie was not broken after the two 5 minute sudden victory overtimes. (May 2008)

State Association Adoptions: (May 2008)

Length of Period: The game will be played in two equal halves of 40 minutes each.
Shorten Periods: By mutual agreement or in any emergency, by agreement of coaches or ordered by the head referee, provided it is determined  to shorten the periods before the game or before the second half begins and all remaining periods are the same length.
Suspended Game: If less than one-half of the game has been completed, the game will be restarted from the point of interruption.
Time on Field: Time may be kept on the field by the head referee.
Score on Field: The official score may be kept by the head referee.
Reserve Official: The reserve official may assume the duties of the scorer.
Yellow Card Accumulation Policy: It is the intention of the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Committee to address the issue of the accumulation of Yellow Cards during the soccer season by an individual player or coach. The situations surrounding Red Cards are dealt with directly under the NYSPHSAA Guidelines for Sportsmanship and Misconducts outlined in the State Handbook for all sports. The consequences for the accumulation of excessive Yellow Cards will be as follows:

1.            Five Yellow Cards accumulated by a single player or coach in the regular season will result in a one game suspension. Disqualifications due to an accumulation of five yellow cards occurring in the last game of the season will carry over into the next season of participation, if the team does not enter post season play.

2.            The continued accumulation of Yellow Cards by the same individual or coach will result in a one game suspension per additional Yellow Card.

3.            In the event that the player or coach receives two Yellow Cards in the same game, resulting in a Red Card, the two Yellow Cards will not count toward the season total, since the player or coach will receive a one game suspension as a result of the misconduct and ejection.

4.            The accumulation card total is for regular season play only and the process will start over again for post season play. However, any penalties awarded as a result of the last regular season game will carry over into the post season.

5.            The post season policy will provide a one game suspension after three Yellow Cards and a one game suspension for each additional card received through the State Final. A one game suspension resulting from a yellow card in a team’s last post season game will carry over into the next season of participation.

6.            The coaches of both schools are to report all Yellow Cards to their League and Section by means of Mail, E-mail or Fax for tabulation. The officials should report to their boards concerning games in which cards are given and the reasons for issuance of the card. Board policy will determine the method of notification to the League and Section. A final end of the year report including data on disqualifications shall be sent to the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Coordinator.

7.            Refusing to report, or failing to report infractions and allowing players to continue play under these circumstances  will result in the forfeiture of all games in which the individual in question participated.


Scrimmages: A soccer scrimmage may not exceed a total of 100 minutes and unlimited substitutions are permitted. The length of time for the periods of play is to be determined by the coaches, not to exceed 40 minutes in any one period: halves, three periods or quarters. Scoreboards may be used for timekeeping only. The clock will begin with the goal keeper in possession of the ball. When a goal is scored, play will be restarted with goalie possession.  The goalie can restart play with a goal kick, goalie throw or goalie punt.