Important Dates and Deadlines to consider for 2016


July 25th -First practice for Harvest Teams.

August 1st – August 14th  – 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 12th – First countable game for Harvest Teams (after 3:00 pm)

August 15th – First Practice.

August 19th – First Inter-school Scrimmage (after 5 days of conditioning).


September 2nd – First Countable Game (after 3:00 p.m.)

September 9th – Membership Dues to President (Michael Jeffrey, 8 Somerset St., Bangor ME 04401)

Week of September 12th – Email explaining and starting the Nomination Process sent out to coaches.

September 26th – 1st Step of the All-Star Process. Coaches nominate up to five of their own players using this formNominations due by Monday, September 26th.


Week of October 10th – 2nd Step of the All-Star Process. Coaches receive via email the Nominations Sheets and Ballot for the voting process.

October 17th – All-Star Ballots are sent to the Regional Vice-Presidents via email.

October 18th – Last Countable Game.

October 19th On-line voting begins for Sportsmanship Banner (one week to vote)

October 21st – *Boys’ (and Girls’ Class D) Regional Prelims.

October 22nd – Girls’ Regional Prelims.

Week of October 24th – V.P.’s tally ballots and send results to President by Friday, October 28th. 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 25th – Boys’ Regional Quarter Finals.

October 26th – Girls’ Regional Quarter Finals.

October 28th  – *Girls’ and Boys’ Class C and D Semi Finals.

October 29th  – Girls’ and Boys’ Class B and A Semi Finals.


November 2rd – Maine Soccer Coaches Regional All-Star Teams are posted on the website.  Senior All-Stars who plan to attend the 22nd Maine Soccer Coaches Annual Senior Bowl will email the President at

Week of November 1st –  All-America/All-New England Ballots are sent to coaches via email.

November 2nd – Regional Finals All Classes.

November 5th – **State Finals: Class A & D – South Site TBA    Class B & C – North Site TBA

November 11th – Final RSVP date for Senior All-Stars attending Senior Bowl.

November 13th – 22nd Maine Soccer Coaches Annual Senior Bowl at Husson University. Boy’s game is at 12:00 noon and the Girl’s game is at 2:30 p.m. Seniors will receive invitations for 43rd 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 16th – Invitations to the 43rd Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet are emailed to coaches and mailed to Regional All-Stars.

*May move the 10/21 game to 10/22 and the 10/28 game to 10/29 by mutual agreement.

**Potential SAT conflict.


December 4th – 43rd Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor at 1:00 pm.

Note: These important dates and deadlines are under “Calendar and Events” on the Maine Soccer Coaches Website –

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2016 NFHS Soccer Rules Changes



4-2-9 NEW: A soft-padded headband is permitted.

Rationale: This information is not included in the rules. It is mentioned in a situation.

11-1-4: A player is offside and penalized if, at the time the ball touches or is played by a teammate, the player is involved in active play and interferes with play or with an opponent or seeks to gain an advantage by being in that position. A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent, who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save), is not considered to have gained an advantage.

Rationale: The addition of this information aligns NFHS with other rules codes.

14-1-4:….Once the kicker starts his/her approach toward the ball, he/she may not interrupt his/her movement. Failure to kick the ball as specified shall result in a re-kick will be considered a violation by the attacking team, and the appropriate penalties shall apply.

Rationale: As the rule is currently written, even though the attacking team has committed the infringement, it penalizes the defending team if it successfully stops a penalty kick. If the penalty kick is unsuccessful, the defending team should be awarded the ball as the attacking team has incorrectly taken the penalty kick. The current interpretation that the ball has not been put into play so a re-kick must take place is difficult to justify because rarely does the referee blow the whistle in time to prevent the kick from being taken. Thus the ball moves forward and is considered in play under all other interpretations of the rules. Trying to rationalize this rule to the defending team’s players and coaches is very difficult considering they have just prevented a goal even though their opponents committed a violation. Finally, changing the restart in this case to an IFK or the other appropriate penalties aligns NFHS rules with other rules codes.

18-1-1 NEW o: GAINING AN ADVANTAGE BY BEING IN THAT POSITION-A player who plays a ball that rebounds to him/her off a goal post or the crossbar after having been in an offside position, or a player who after being in an offside position plays a ball that rebounds to him/her off an opponent, who has not deliberately played the ball or made a deliberate save.

Rationale: Gaining An Advantage by being in that Position is in Rule 11-1-4, but it has never been defined. This new definition aligns NFHS with other rules codes.

18-1-1 NEW u: INTERFERING WITH AN OPPONENT – Preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or movement of challenging an opponent for the ball.

Rationale: Interfering with an Opponent is in Rule 11-1-4, but it has never been defined. This new definition aligns NFHS with other rules codes..

18-1-1 NEW v: INTERFERING WITH PLAY – Playing or touching the ball passed or touched by a team-mate.

Rationale: Interfering with Play is in Rule 11-1-4, but what it means has never been defined. This new definition aligns NFHS with other rules codes.


Soccer Editorial Changes

1-2-1: The field of play shall be marked in accordance with the Soccer Field diagram, on the previous page, with non-caustic, distinctively colored material that is not injurious to the participants.

Rationale: The provisions of this rule refer to a “diagram” in the first sentence. There is little doubt the reference is to the previous page that contains a diagram of a soccer field. It is advantageous and clearer to simply add: “Soccer Field” before diagram.

1-2-10: A 1-yard long hash mark may be made perpendicular to the goal line, but not touching, outside the field of play 11 yards from the corner of the field to assist the officials in enforcement of encroachment during corner kicks.

Rationale: This helps clarify the fact that this marking is in no way on the field.

1-2 Play Rulings: Add State Association notification to 1.2.4 and 1.2.6.

Rationale: 1.2.1B, 1.2.4, and 1.2.6 all deal with improper markings on the field. In 1.2.1B, the referee is directed to notify the state association. However, in 1.2.4 and 1.2.6, they are directed to only notify the home coach.

1-4-2: Nets shall be attached to the posts and crossbar and be firmly fastened to the ground behind the goals. Each net shall be supported so that it will extend backward to the level of the crossbar for a distance of 24 inches from the crossbar. No advertising other than a single manufacturer’s identification logo, may appear on the net. Nets may be multicolored; however, no markings other than a single manufacturer’s identification/logo may appear on the net.

Rationale: There have been many questions in recent years concerning the color of the net and whether school logos, names, mascots, etc. can be placed on the net. This addition will be consistent with responses that were given to these questions.

1-5-1: There shall be designated specific marked areas for each team’s bench, separated by an official area for entering substitutes, scorers and timers. These areas shall be marked at least 10 feet from the touchline. The state association should be notified if team areas are not marked.

Rationale: In many, if not most cases, the team areas are not marked. This rule change will give specific directions on marking the team areas, as well as what to do in the event it is not marked.

1-6: No one shall be permitted directly behind either goal unless seated in bleachers.

Rationale: Removing the word “seated” helps to avoid confusion on where fans should be if directly behind the goal.

3-3-3 Situation J: Ruling: Illegal, unless Player A2 has been disqualified under the provisions of 12-8 that do not permit a substitution and provided that the other prerequisites for proper substitutions have not been met.

Rationale: The word “not” was inadvertently removed from the ruling.

4-1-1h2: Only those names, patches, emblems, logos or insignias referencing the school are permitted on the team jersey and/or shorts, as well as on visible undergarments and goalkeeper pants, except as in 4-1-1(f). The player’s name may also appear on the team uniform.

Rationale: Logos etc. on garments that are not normally visible on the field (e.g. sports bras, athletic supporters) are not a problem in the conduct of an interscholastic contest. It would also be inappropriate for
coaches or officials to be checking those garments for possible violations of the rule as it is currently written.

4-1-1i: (second sentence) Shoes with soles containing metal (aluminum, magnesium, titanium, etc.), leather, rubber, nylon or plastic cleats, studs, or bars, whether molded as part of the sole or detachable, are allowed as long as the referee does not consider them dangerous or they have been altered in any way creating sharp edges thus rendering them unsafe.

Rationale: Second clause simply duplicates first clause about referee ruling whether they are dangerous or not. Whether they are dangerous or not does not depend on whether they have been altered or not.

4-1-2: It is recommended that team captains wear an upper arm band of a contrasting color. The arm band, if worn, shall be worn on the upper arm.

Rationale: The added gives specific direction as to the expectation of where the armband should be worn.

4-2-9 New: During pregame warm-up, the referee observes A5 is wearing a softpadded headwear headband. COMMENT: The use of a soft-padded soccer headwear headband is permitted but not required.

Rationale: the term headgear suggests headband and helmet.

12-8-1 Situation C: During the game, while the ball is in play, (c) Player A1 wears an electric heart monitor on the chest under the jersey,

Rationale: This proposal is for item c only. The additional wording is needed because there are heart monitors that are worn on the wrist that would be illegal.

12-8-2: Add Penalty to this Article.

Rationale: In Article 1, a “penalty” is clearly laid out where the player shall leave the field. However, Article 2 does not have a similar provision. Would it not be worth consider adding this? I know “disqualified” should be clear enough, but adding this and making it clear that the team shall not be allowed to replace the player would add clarity here.

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NSCAA 2016 National Convention

2017 Convention in Los Angeles is coming soon! 

ABOUT THE CONVENTION: Billed as “The World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches and Administrators” the NSCAA Convention and US Youth Soccer Workshop draws more than 6,300 coaches from our 32,000-plus members, and more than 11,000 attendees. Over five days there will be over 250 educational opportunities consisting of live field demonstrations, classroom sessions, meal and social functions, award presentations, coaching diplomas and more! See the information below for pricing details and deadlines.

Full Registration Includes:

  • All NSCAA Convention and US Youth Soccer Workshop education sessions (Wednesday evening through Sunday afternoon)
  • Unlimited access to the Exhibit Hall, including: Thursday Night’s Grand Opening and Friday’s Happy Hour
  • Registration Welcome Packet
  • T-shirt (while supplies last and sizes not guaranteed)
  • NSCAA Special Topic Diplomas and/or Certificate (Make sure to visit the Diplomas and Certificates page to view the requirements to obtain a diploma or certificate.)

For more information go to:

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Coaching Requirements for 2016

There will be mandatory rules clinics held in soccer this fall. Each high school program (boys and girls) must have a coach or athletic administrator attend one of these mandatory meetings. All coaches must sign in to be credited with attendance. The meeting at Gorham Middle School will utilize the Tandberg System and a list of Distance Learning Sites will be provided once they have been determined.
Date Site Time TBA
*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 (
*Each coach must complete the NFHS “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” 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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