High School Rules

Rules Changes

• Soft-Padded Headband
• Offside
• Penalty Kick
• 3 New Definitions


 Rough Play
• Equipment Check
• Injury after a Goal
• Ball Holders
Each of these topics is presented and discussed in the following 20 minute video from the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).
The NFHS Soccer Rules Book (cover page shown above) governs matches sanctioned by both the IHSAA and the IGHSAU.

Iowa High School Athletic Association

Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

The online 2017 Soccer Rules Meeting presentation (shown left) is required viewing for all high school soccer officials by the IHSAA and IGHSAU. Subject matter included this year includes: head injury / concussion protocol, margin of victory, tie-breaking procedures, Misconduct rules, Offside definitions, filing Online Game Reports, State Tournament dates and locations, rules changes, editorial changes, and points-of-emphasis for referees for the Spring Season.

IMPORTANT: Referees are required to watch the entire presentation online at the IHSAA website in order to receive credit and be eligible for post-season assignments.

You can reinforce your knowledge of the High School Rules by studying the Flashcards above from Flashcard Machine. These study Flashcards are not a product of the NFHS or IHSAA/IGHSAU. If you have a question about a particular answer provided, consult your 2016-17 HS Soccer Rules Book.

Resources needed by High School Soccer Referees who will be officiating IHSAA/IGHSAU matches for the 2017 Spring Season are located in Box in a NFHS Folder. The information there includes:

• NFHS Soccer Rules Changes / Interpretations

• Situations and Rulings

• Points-of-Emphasis

• Overtime Procedures

• IHSAA Officials' Manual

For the 2017 Spring High School Soccer Season, there are 6 Rules Changes, 4 Points-of-Emphasis, and 7 Editorial Changes:

Editorial Changes

• Field Markings / Hash Marks / Nets
• Technical Areas
• Spectators behind the Goal
• Patches, Emblems, Logos
• Captain's Armband