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Old Mon Feb 13, 2012, 02:07pm
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NFHS Soccer Rules changes

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 13, 2012) — In a continued emphasis on improving sportsmanship, the “soft red” has been eliminated in high school soccer.

Effective with the 2012-13 season, a second yellow card not only will disqualify a player, but the team will not be permitted to substitute for the disqualified player. Previously, a team was permitted to replace a player who had received a second yellow card.

This significant change was one of three rules revisions passed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis. These changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Another change in Rule 12-8-1f now will disqualify a player who deliberately handles a ball in his/her own penalty area to prevent it from going in the goal only when the attempt to deny the goal is successful. If a goal is scored, the penalty is now a caution. Previously, a player was disqualified for trying to stop a goal from being scored, whether the try was successful or not.

“Obviously, with two of our three changes this year in Rule 12 (Fouls and Misconduct), the Soccer Rules Committee continues to focus on improving the level of sportsmanship in high school soccer,” said Mark Koski, NFHS director of sports and events and liaison to the Soccer Rules Committee.

The other change approved by the committee involves the taking of a penalty kick. If some unusual situation occurs after the penalty kick is properly taken and before the ball is played or touched by another player, or before the ball hits the goalpost or crossbar, which necessitates a temporary suspension in play, the penalty kick shall be retaken. Previously, this would have resulted in a drop ball.

“As an example, if the ball deflated immediately after a penalty kick was taken and play was suspended, the player now will have the opportunity to attempt the penalty kick again,” Koski said.

Soccer is the fifth-most popular sport for boys and girls at the high school level. According to the 2010-11High School Athletics Participation Survey, 398,351 boys are involved in soccer and 361,556 girls participate in the sport.
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Old Mon Feb 20, 2012, 09:11am
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Good changes I think. Anything that brings the HS rules closer in line with the LotG gets a thumbs up from me.
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Old Tue Feb 28, 2012, 04:33pm
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Effective with the 2012-13 season, a second yellow card not only will disqualify a player, but the team will not be permitted to substitute for the disqualified player. Previously, a team was permitted to replace a player who had received a second yellow card.
Mechanics question here. If you have full knowledge that a player has been booked, and that player commits an act that would require another yellow, do you even bother showing the yellow, then the red, or would you just go straight to red?
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Old Tue Feb 28, 2012, 04:36pm
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Mechanics question here. If you have full knowledge that a player has been booked, and that player commits an act that would require another yellow, do you even bother showing the yellow, then the red, or would you just go straight to red?
Presumably it will follow the normal soccer mechanic which is to first show the second yellow then the red. The reason being that the cause of the red card is the second yellow.
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Old Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:58pm
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Mechanics question here. If you have full knowledge that a player has been booked, and that player commits an act that would require another yellow, do you even bother showing the yellow, then the red, or would you just go straight to red?
It may matter for a suspension from future games. It depends upon what your state association does. If it suspends for all red cards equally, then it wouldn't matter, but if straight reds get a longer suspension or are the only suspensions, then showing the 2nd yellow makes things much clearer.
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