2Introduction Alex Ozuna Assistant Director of Athletics ext. 320Girls Soccer AdministratorWill Adams Assistant Director of Athletics ext. 470 Boys Soccer Administrator
3Important Dates Girls Dates Boys Dates Soccer Training Session Agendas Due Sept.12 Sept. 12Officials Registration Deadline Sept Sept. 30Online Rules Exams Oct OctPreseason Tournament Dates Oct Oct.27-Nov.1First Competition Date Oct Nov. 3Online Make-up Exams Nov Nov. 6-12Late Registration Deadline Nov Nov. 12Soccer Recommendation Forms ed Nov Nov. 17Soccer Recommendation Forms Due Jan. 2 Jan. 2Last Competition Date Jan Jan. 17District Tournament Dates Jan Jan ;23-24Regional Tournament Dates Jan. 22,27,30 Jan. 29, Feb. 3,6State Championship Dates Feb FebSoccer Game/Match Reports Due Mar. 6 Mar. 6
4NFHS/FHSAA Rule Changes NFHS Rule – Official Game ClockFHSAA Rule Modification – The official game time will be kept on the field by a contest official. If a stadium clock is available, the clock will be considered unofficial.NFHS Rule 3-3-2B(2) - SubstitutionsIf the referee stops the clock for an apparent injury to a field player or goalkeeper, the field player or goalkeeper will have to leave the field. The field player may be replaced and the goalkeeper must be replaced.NFHS Rule – GeneralThe jurisdiction of the officials shall begin on their arrival at the field of play and its immediate surroundings (to begin their official responsibilities), which shall be no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the game.RULE 3-3-2b(2) – SUBSTITUTIONSART Time for Substitutions: either team may substitute an unlimited number of players from the bench, provided they report to the scorer's table or nearest official and are beckoned in as per 3-4-1(a):a. when a goal is scored.b. when a player is injured:1. A coach or appropriate health-care professional may not enter the field without approval from a referee.2. If the referee stops the clock for an apparent injury to a field player or goalkeeper, the field player or goalkeeper will have to leave the field. The field player may be replaced, and the goalkeeper shall be replaced.COMMENTS ON THE RULESRisk minimization is one of the major tenets of NFHS sports and the rules-writing process. The committee wanted to make sure that players who were apparently injured were evaluated by a coach or an appropriate health-care professional. The overriding concern is the safety of all players. Previously, the goalkeeper was not required to leave the game when the referee stopped the clock.This new rule requires the field player and goalkeeper to receive equal protection.RULE – GENERALART The jurisdiction of the officials shall begin on their arrival at the field of play and its immediate surroundings (to begin their official responsibilities), which shall be not later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the game and end with their leaving the field of play and its immediate surroundings. They shall enforce the rules, and their decisions on points of fact are final. The officials can only correct a decision so long as the game has not been restarted. The officials retain clerical authority over the contest through the completion of any reports, including those imposing disqualifications, that are responsive to actions occurring while the referees had jurisdiction. State associations may intercede in the event of unusual incidents that occur before, during or after the officials’ jurisdiction has ended or in the event that a contest is terminated prior to the conclusionof regulation play. Protests of NFHS rules are not recognized. The officials shall not use video replays to assist in any decision. The officials shall not use any tobacco products during this period.The jurisdiction of the officials shall begin on their arrival at the field of play and its immediate surroundings, which shall be no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the game. Previously, the jurisdiction of the officials began 15 minutes prior to the start of the game. The original intent was to establish a minimum arrival time for the officiating crew and not to place a limit on the start oftheir jurisdiction. Jurisdiction now begins at the time of their arrival.
5NFHS Points of Emphasis SportsmanshipPlayers, coaches, game officials and spectators must use appropriate language and refrain from insulting, offensive and/or abusive language and gestures. Behavior on the field should be consistent with athletics as an extension of the classroom.CommunicationGame Officials are encouraged to effectively communicate with one another as well as with players and coaches throughout the game.Penalty KickOnce the approach to the ball has started, the kicker’s movement may not be interrupted. A continuous forward motion throughout the approach is necessary. If continuous forward motion does not occur, the restart is a retake of the penalty kick regardless of whether a goal is scored or not.GoalkeepersGoalkeepers can wear the same colored socks as their teammates but not their opponents.Goalkeepers must have a number on the front of their jersey or shorts/pants and on the back of their jerseys.
6NFHS Points of Emphasis Concussion ManagementThe contest official is to be cognizant of student-athletes who display signs, symptoms or behaviors of a concussion (see NFHS Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion) and immediately stop play for injury evaluation within the rules of the game. At that point, the contest official’s job is done. It is important to note that the responsibility of the contest official is limited to activities that occur on the field. Once the participant has been removed from a contest due to a suspected concussion, the coach, school and appropriate healthcare professional(s) assume full responsibility for that athlete’s further evaluation and safety.
7FHSAA Soccer Official State Series Uniform Starting with the sport season, soccer officials will be required wear mandatory official uniforms during the state series, which runs from the start of the district tournament through the conclusion of the state championship game.
8FHSAA Soccer Official State Series Uniform The FHSAA official uniform providers are Honigs Whistle Shop and Gerry Davis/Cliff KeenHonigs Whistle Shop:Details: FHSAA Shield embroidered on the chest pocket, FHSAA Acronym and USA Flag embroidered on the right and left sleeves, with Velcro on the inside of both chest pockets to keep the pockets closed.Cost: $44.95Contact: Fred Collida, (800)Website:Gerry Davis/Cliff Keen:Details: Fully sublimated design; there is no embroidery or patches attached to the shirt. The FHSAA logo, FHSAA acronym and American Flag are dyed directly into fabric. Both pockets have a flap with Velcro on the inside to keep the pockets closed.Cost: $55.90Contact: Customer Service, (800)Website:
9FHSAA Soccer Card Accumulation System Pilot ProgramNeed the assistance of two associations in collecting and accounting the number of cards teams in a given area receives during the sport season.The association will record the number of cards issued per game, what type of card was issued per game (yellow/red/blue), which team received the card(s) per game, and the reason for the card issuanceObjectiveIdentify potential problem areasReduce overly aggressive play over timeReduce number of card issuance and ejects over time
10New Soccer Officials Ranking System Starting with the sport season, an officials new ranking system will be in place for the sport of soccer.The new ranking system will use the following criteria when rating the officials:Evaluation Score 40Test Results 30Previous Year’s Contest Officiated 10 (1/2 Credit for Varsity; ¼ Credit for Sub Varsity; Max at 10 points)Field Clinic Attendance 10 (Once every 4 years)Training Sessions Attendance 10 (1 Points/Pre-approved Session Attendance; Max at 10)Years of Service (Bonus Points) 10 (0-3=2;4-6=4;7-10=6;11-14=8;15+=10)110
11New Soccer Officials Ranking System Ranking CategoriesRank 1 and Rank 2 officials will be eligible for officiating state series gamesRank 3 officials will be ineligible for officiating state series gamesRanking BreakdownRank 1 =Rank 2 =Rank 3 = 69 – Below
12FHSAA Soccer Officials Evaluation Program PurposeDiscover ExcellenceStimulate ImprovementGive Officials Accurate Data for ReflectionAscertain WeaknessesCreate an Additional Tool for Future AssignmentsCornerstone of the New Officials Ranking SystemGoalTo Improve Individual OfficialsTo Rank Individual Officials by Their AbilityTo Promote Standardized Mechanics Through the Evaluation Process
13FHSAA Soccer Officials Evaluation Program Evaluation FormMatch DifficultyProfessionalism/Pre-Game ResponsibilitiesAppearance/FitnessField PositioningMechanics/SignalsApplication of Rules/ConsistencyCommunication with Player/Coaches/PartnersComment SectionOverall Crew ImpressionsPositive FeedbackAreas Needing ImprovementAdditional CommentsPunctualityDoes the crew arrive at the field with ample time to conduct field inspections and captain’s meeting.Is Physically FitA host of characteristics are encompassed in this phrase, like mobility, endurance level, and appropriate gestures.Can the Official keep up with the game.Wear the Proper UniformIs Well GroomedAn official should look clean and should seem to have taken care to present a pleasing appearance.Field CoverageCan the official cover his/her assigned area? Is the official moving with the flow of the game.PositioningDoes the official position themselves properly during static and dynamic plays, is the official putting themselves in the correct position to make the proper call.SignalsIs the official using proper signals and mechanics per the NFHS rules book.RestartsIs the game being restarted with the correct procedures given each situation.SubstitutionAre proper procedures being used during the game.Decision MakingIs the official making the correct call given the situation?AdvantageIs the official properly using the advantage, or is he/she failing to make the call.Off-Ball IncidentsIs the officials aware of his/her surroundings? Is he/she attentive to the players which are away from the ball.Foul RecognitionSerious Offenses/Unsportsmanlike ConductDoes the official recognize the serious offense? Does the official cite the correct card (Yellow/Red/Blue) given the situation.Communication with CrewCommunication with CoachesIs the official communicating effectively with the coaches. Is he/she utilizing listening skills as well as verbal skills.Player ManagementIs the official his/her verbal skills as a misconduct prevention tool.ComposureOverall Crew ImpressionsGiven an overall synopsis of the performance of the crew during the game.Positive FeedbackProvide each official with some positive feedback to take away from their overall performance.Areas Needing ImprovementProvide each official with areas they can improve moving forward.Additional CommentsNote any specific circumstances, weather concerns, unsportsmanlike conduct, ejections, unusual circumstances, etc.Individual/Crew comments that happened during the game that demonstrated a command or lack of the rules/mechanics.
14FHSAA Soccer Officials Evaluation Program ProcedureTo be eligible for the state series, each official must be evaluated at least once every two yearsThe evaluation score received will be calculated into the ranking formulaIf an official has multiple evaluations, the average score of the evaluations will be taken into the ranking formulaEach official and/or association is responsible for contacting and scheduling the date/time of each evaluations with one of the FHSAA Certified Soccer EvaluatorsOnce an evaluation has concluded, the evaluator will provide a copy of the evaluation to the contest official, the official’s association, and the FHSAAThe evaluations will be done at the expense of the association or the individual officials at a rate not exceeding $60 (including mileage) per crew
15FHSAA Soccer Officials Evaluation Program NameSectionCityPhoneTimothy Fouts1PaceGrant MerrillNeptune BeachRalph ShupingTrentonEdward GuertinOrange ParkRobert Breaux2MaitlandGil WeberVieraGoree FleckSt. Petersburg BeachJohn BaumanWinter HavenLutfi (Lou) Nassar3SarasotaDavid CattermoleNaplesErmanno Rossi4Miami BeachMelvin WeinbaumBoynton BeachJohn McGeeSouthwest RanchesHere is the current list of the FHSAA Certified Soccer EvaluatorsContact information for the FHSAA Certified Soccer Evaluators will be posted on the FHSAA Official’s page under the information box on the right side of the page.