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2014-15 Soccer Points of Emphasis

Sportsmanship: Players, coaches, game officials and spectators must use appropriate language and refrain from insulting, offensive and/or abusive language and gestures.

Communication: Game officials are encouraged to effectively communicate with one another as well as with players and coaches throughout the game. 

Concussion Management: The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee recommends that no athlete return to play or practice on the same day after suffering a concussion. No athlete should return to sport or other at-risk participation when symptoms of concussion are present and recovery is ongoing. Please see the “NFHS Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion in Sports” at for further information. (See Page 111).

Penalty Kick: Once the approach to the ball has started, the kicker’s movement may not be interrupted. A continuous forward motion throughout the approach is necessary. If continuous forward motion does not occur, the restart is a retake of the penalty kick regardless of whether a goal is scored or not.

Goalkeepers: Goalkeepers can wear the same colored socks as their teammates but not their opponents. Goalkeepers must have a number on the front of their jerseys or shorts/pants and on the back of their jerseys. 

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