Soccer Rules Changes - 2015-16

By NFHS on January 21, 2016 soccer Print

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

  1. Heat Acclimatization and Safety Priorities
  2. Fighting/Reckless Play
  3. Tape or Similar Materials on Socks
  4. Communication
  5. Goal Kick