Important Dates and Deadlines to consider for 2014


July 28th -First practice for Harvest Teams.

August 4th – August 17th  – Hands-off period (Sports Season Policy)

Coaches should download a copy of the MPA Soccer Bulletin from the MPA Website (see “Soccer Links” on home page)


August 15th – First countable game for Harvest Teams (after 3:00 pm)

August 18th – First Practice.

August 22nd – First Inter-school Scrimmage (after 5 days of conditioning).


September 5th - First Countable Game (after 3:00 p.m.)

September 12th – Membership Dues to President.

Weekend of September 15th – Email explaining and starting the Nomination Process sent out to coaches.

September 29th – 1st Step of the All-Star Process. Coaches nominate up to five of their own players by going to the Membership Page and nominating online. Nominations due by Monday, September 29th.


Week of October 7th – 2nd Step of the All-Star Process. Coaches receive via email the Nominations Sheets and Ballot for the voting process.

October 21st - Last Countable Game.

October 22nd - On-line voting begins for Sportsmanship Banner (one week to vote)

Monday, October 20th - All-Star Ballots are sent to the Regional Vice-Presidents via email.

October 24th – *Boys’ (and Girls’ Class D) Regional Prelims.

October 25th – Girls’ Regional Prelims.

Week of October 21st - V.P.’s tally ballots and send results to President by Friday, October 27th. Also Sportsmanship Award voting will take place with each team’s coaches and players selecting three teams that will be submitted to the School’s A.D who will email the choices to the MPA Office. Sportsmanship Banners will be awarded to receiving teams at State Championship venues.

October 28th – Boys’ Regional Quarter Finals.

October 29th – Girls’ Regional Quarter Finals.

October 31st  – *Girls’ and Boys’ Class C and D Semi Finals.


November 1st – ^Girls’ and Boys’ Class A and B Semi Finals.

November 3rd – Maine Soccer Coaches Regional All-Star Teams are posted on the website.  Senior All-Stars who plan to attend the 20th Maine Soccer Coaches Annual Senior Bowl will email the President at

Week of November 3rd -  All-America/All-New England Ballots are sent to coaches via email.

November 5th - Regional Finals all Classes.

November 8th - State Finals: Class A & D – West Site – TBA, Class B & C – East Site – TBA.

November 15th – Final RSVP date for Senior All-Stars attending Senior Bowl.

November 16th - 20th Maine Soccer Coaches Annual Senior Bowl at Hampden Academy. Girl’s game is at 12:00 noon and the Boy’s game is at 2:30 p.m. Seniors will receive invitations for 41st Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet.

November 17th – All America/All New England ballot due to President via email (Ballot may be hand delivered to President by coaches who attend the Senior Bowl on Sunday).

Week of November 17th – Invitations to the 40th Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet are emailed to coaches and mailed to Regional All-Stars.

*May move the 10/24 game to 10/25 and the 10/31 game to 11/1 by mutual agreement.

**Potential SAT conflict.


December 7th – 41st Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor.

Note: These important dates and deadlines are under “Calendar and Events”

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2014 NFHS Soccer Rules Changes

3-3-2b(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 must be replaced.

5-1-2: 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.

2014-15 Soccer Editorial Changes

1.2.4 Situation: A referee inspecting the field prior to the game detects (a) center circle spot 9 inches in diameter; (b) an “X” intersecting the halfway line; (c) no mark other than the halfway line. RULING: (a) legal; (b) legal; (c) illegal.

3.3.2 Situation D-L: Former Situations 3.3.3 D-L changed to 3.3.2 D-L

3.3.2 Situation E: Players A2 and B2 hit heads in attempting to head the ball and both are injured. In the opinion of the referee, player A2 exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion. RULING: Player A2 shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health care professional.

4-1-1(a): Delete former 4-1-1(a)

4-1-1(a): The home team shall wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks, and the visiting team shall wear dark jerseys and socks (dark is defined as any color which contrasts with white). Prior to and during the game, jerseys shall be tucked into the shorts, unless manufactured to be worn outside.

4-1-1(b): Both socks shall be the same color, with the home team wearing solid white socks and the visiting team wearing socks of a single dominant color, but not necessarily the color of the jersey. If tape or a similar material is applied externally to the socks, it must be of a similar color as that part of the sock to which it is applied.

4-1-1(h)1: All jerseys, including the goalkeeper, shall be numbered on the back with a different Arabic number at least 6 inches in height and on the front (jersey or shorts) with the same number, which shall be at least 4 inches in height. Numbers shall be of contrasting color to the jersey (or shorts) and clearly visible.

4.1.1 Situation C: Player A from the visiting team enters the game wearing (a) two different colored socks; (b) multi-striped socks, where one stripe is the dominant color (not white); (c) tie-dyed socks; (d) predominantly dark blue socks with the top quarter of the socks pale blue. RULING: (a) Illegal; (b) Legal; (c) Illegal; (d) Legal. Both socks shall be the same, single dominant color. Only the visiting team may wear socks a color other than white.

4.1.1 Situation D: Team A, the visiting team, arrives wearing striped jerseys that have large, light blue and thin white alternating stripes. Two members of Team A are wearing visible light red T-shirts beneath their jerseys. RULING: Legal. Striped jerseys are permissible for the visiting team as long as the dominant color is dark (dark is defined as any color which contrasts with white). Jerseys with equal-sized stripes that have both dark and white stripes do not have a dominant dark color and would be illegal. Also, shirts may be worn under the jersey as long as the shirts are the same color and of similar length.

4-2-7: A tooth and mouth protector (intraoral) which shall:

a. include an occlusal (protecting and separating the biting surfaces) portion;

b. include a labial (protecting the teeth and supporting structures) portion;

c. cover the posterior teeth with adequate thickness;

d. be made of any readily visible color;

e. not be completely white; and

f. not be completely clear.

NOTE: It is recommended that the protector be properly fitted, protecting the anterior (leading) dental arch and:

1. constructed from a model made from an impression of the individual’s teeth, or

2. constructed and fitted to the individual by impressing the teeth into the tooth and mouth protector itself.

12-8-2(d): committing serious foul play:

1. any play in which the player commits one of the offenses punishable with a direct free kick (or penalty kick if the offense takes place by a defender in the penalty area) and uses disproportionate and unnecessary force against an opponent while playing for the ball.

2. a player (other than a goalkeeper within his/her own penalty area) deliberately handles the ball, attempting to prevent a goal and the goal is not scored;

3. a player commits a foul, attempting to deny an obvious goalscoring opportunity, and the goal is not scored.

14-1-3: The opposing goalkeeper shall stand on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goal posts, until the ball is kicked. Lateral movement is allowed, but the goalkeeper is not permitted to come off the line by stepping or lunging forward until the ball is in play.

Sample Fourth Official Duties: Fourth Official Duties have been added to the NFHS Soccer Rules Book

Rules Comparison: The 2014-15 rules book contains an updated comparison of the major differences among NFHS and NCAA rules and FIFA laws.

NFHS Official Soccer Signals and Assistant Referee Signals: The 2014-15 rules book contains updated pictures for each of the referee and assistant referee signals.

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NSCAA 2015 National Convention

2015 Convention in Philadelphia is coming soon! Registration opens July 15. Over the years, the NSCAA Convention has been described as the “World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches.” Convention attendees have expanded beyond a coaching to include administrators, referees, business leaders, players and fans. It is a celebration of a year of accomplishments, new developments, professional growth, and friendships that is wrapped up into our 2014 theme, “Soccer’s Biggest Party.” For more information go to:

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Uniform Color Rule

National Federation Soccer Rule 4, Section 1 is in effect.  The home team shall wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks and the visiting team shall wear solid dark jerseys and socks.  Both socks must be the same color

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Coaching Requirements for 2014

Each coach must complete the NFHS “Concussion in Sport – What You Need to Know” video that is available at the NFHS website (


Each coach must complete the NFHS “A Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention” video that is available at the NFHS website (

Prior to their return to the sideline any coach ejected from a game must complete the NFHS “Teaching and Modeling Behavior” video that is available at the NFHS website (

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Rankings and Statistics

Through the work of Travis Lee, the Sports Reporter at Channel 8 in Portland you can participate in weekly ranking of Boy’s and Girl’s teams throughout the state.  And as in the past his website will keep track of individual stats for boys and girls soccer in Maine.  Each week Travis will take your votes for the top teams in the state. He will also need other game stats such as goals and assists, goalie saves, and team scores emailed to him on a regular basis. The stats will then be posted at, where they can be viewed.

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