2017-18 NFHS Soccer Rules Changes

2017- 18 Soccer Rules Changes

2017-18 NFHS Soccer - Points of Emphasis

2017 - 18 - Points of Emphasis

2017 NJSIAA Rules Modifications



Educational Topics From Past Meetings

Below you will find PDF files of the Topics from the Educational Meetings.  Just click on the topic and it will take you to a PDF.

Dual System of Control

Mechanics for Issuing Red and Yellow Cards

Denying an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity and Advantage: NJSIAA

Dealing With Coaches and the Bench

Managing Goal-Keepers

The Use of Elbows

Guidelines for Thunder-Lightning Safety

The NJSIAA has changed their policy on how we are to deal with thunder and lightning.  The previous "flash to bang" count is no longer to be used.

  • Criteria for Suspension and Resumption of Activity

    Once lightning has been recognized or thunder heard, the game must be suspended immediately with all players, coaches, spectators, and officials directed to appropriate shelters.

    After the suspension, the plan should include strict, documented criteria for the resumption of activities. It is mandatory to wait at least 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning is witnessed or thunder is heard. Any subsequent lightning orthunder after the beginning of the 30-minute count should reset the clock and another count should begin. 

  • Please check the 2014-2015 NJSIAA Handbook for Officials, pages 14-16 for more information.


2017 Cadet Training Material

Rule 1 -The Field of Play

Rule 2 - The Ball

Rule 6 - Ball Holders

Rule 7 - Duration of the Game

Rule 8 - The Start of Play

Rule 9 - Ball In and Out of Play

Rule 10 - Scoring

Rule 13 - Free Kick

Rule 14 - Penalty Kick

Rule 15 - Throw in

Rule 16 - Goal Kick

Rule - 17 Corner Kick


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