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2010-11 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 B. Gardner, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2010

SITUATION 1: The referee observes that Team A has 12 players in the game (a) before the game is restarted following a goal by A2; or (b) after the game has been restarted following a goal by A2. RULING: In (a), the goal is disallowed and the game is restarted with a goal kick by Team B. However, in (b), the goal would stand. In both instances, the appropriate player would be removed from the game and cautioned. The game is resumed according to how it was interrupted.  (3-1-1)

SITUATION 2: Team A begins the game with seven players. The remaining team members arrive after the game has begun and the coach writes their names on the roster and they enter the game at the next stoppage of play after approval by the referee. RULING: Legal. Players can be added as long as their names have been listed on the roster, even if the names are added after the beginning of the game.  (3-1-3)

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: Legal. Unlimited substitutions from the bench are permitted after play is stopped and the injured player is removed.  (3-3-1 Situation)

SITUATION 4: Players A2 and B2 hit heads in attempting to head the ball and both are injured. In the opinion of the referee, player A2 was unconscious for a short period of time. RULING: Player A2 shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional.  (3-3-2 Situation F)

SITUATION 5: A goalkeeper reports to the scoring table and, when the ball is dead, is beckoned onto the field by a referee. The goalkeeper immediately takes position without verbally notifying a referee. As soon as the new goalkeeper handles the ball, a referee awards an indirect free kick. RULING: Incorrect. When a referee beckoned the goalkeeper from the scoring table, this was sufficient “reporting or notifying” of a referee. The goalkeeper is dressed in a different uniform and could be recognized by his attire. A referee should not have stopped play. Play shall restart with an indirect free kick awarded to the new goalkeeper’s team.  (3-5 Situation A)

SITUATION 6: Player A enters the game wearing (a) two different colored socks; (b) multi-striped or “bumble bee” socks; (c) tie-dyed socks; (d) predominantly blue socks. RULING: Legal in (d). Illegal in (a), (b) and (c). Both socks shall be the same, single dominant color. Beginning with the 2013 fall season, only the visiting team may wear socks a color other than white.  (4-1-1 Situation C)

SITUATION 7: Prior to the game, the referee recognizes that members of Home Team A are wearing white jerseys and stockings of a gold color and Away Team B is wearing jerseys and stockings of a blue color. RULING: Illegal, effective with the 2013 fall season, because the home team shall wear solid white jerseys and solid white stockings.  (4-1-1 Situation H)

SITUATION 8: Prior to the game, the referee 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. RULING: Illegal, effective with the 2012 fall season, the jerseys must coordinate with the numbers on the roster and the color does not match the color of the field players.  (4-1-1 Situation I)

SITUATION 9: Team A’s goalkeeper is wearing a replica jersey from the New England Revolution with the number 10 on the back. RULING: Illegal. Any name, patch, emblem or insignia that represents any soccer club, soccer association or sponsor(s) – except for those that represent their school – are prohibited. (4-1-1 Situation J)

SITUATION 10: A player wears (a) a hard cast on an arm, (b) a hard splint on a finger that has been covered with a foam-rubber padding and then securely covered with a soft elastic athletic bandage, (c) or has an artificial limb that is padded with a closed-cell, slow-recovery foam padding no less than ½-inch thick. RULING: Illegal in (a) and (b), but legal in (c) because in all instances the injury must be padded with a closed-cell, slow-recovery foam padding no less than ½-inch thick.  (4-2-1 Situation C)

SITUATION 11: After Team A scores a goal, the head referee notices that the clock was not stopped. The referee determines that there is a discrepancy between the official time and the scoreboard time and instructs the timer to correct the clock. RULING: Legal.  (5-3-2 Situation D)

SITUATION 12: Player A2 has the ball in Team B’s penalty area. Team B’s athletic trainer uses foul language to the referee. RULING: The referee should apply the advantage clause if there is a clear advantage to Team A. At the next stoppage, the referee should disqualify the athletic trainer. If the referee stops play for the disqualified athletic trainer, the game is restarted because of misconduct with an indirect free kick by Team A from the point where the ball was when the time was stopped.  (12-8-3 Situation D)

SITUATION 13: As player A2 begins to take a throw in, Player B2 rushes to get directly on the touchline at the point where the throw-in will be made. RULING: Illegal. A player may not interfere with or impede the actions of a thrower and cannot be within two yards of the thrower. Player B2 shall be issued a caution by the referee for unsporting conduct. (15-1-3 Situation)


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