Important Dates and Deadlines to consider for 2018


July 23th – First practice for Harvest Teams.

July 30th – August 12th  – Hands-off period (Sports Season Policy)

July 30th -State and National Dues Email sent out to Coaches and Athletic Directors

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


August 10th – First countable game for Harvest Teams (after 3:00 pm)

August 13th – First Practice.

August 17th – First Inter-school Scrimmage (after 5 days of conditioning).

August 30th – First Countable Game (after 3:00 p.m.)


Week of September 10th – Email explaining and starting the Regional All-Star Nomination Process sent out to Coaches and Athletic Directors.

September 15th – Membership Dues to President (Michael Jeffrey, 8 Somerset St., Bangor ME 04401) Membership Form

September 24th – 1st Step of the All-Star Process. Coaches nominate up to five of their own players using this form.  Nominations due by Monday, September 24th.


Week of October 8th – 2nd Step of the All-Star Process. Coaches receive via email the Nominations Sheets and Ballot for the voting process.

October 12th – Recommended Officials Due.

October 15th – All-Star Ballots are sent to the Regional Vice-Presidents via email.

October 16th – Last Countable Game.

October 17th – On-line voting begins for Sportsmanship Banner. Ballots due Midnight on October 23rd.

October 19th – *Boys’ (and Girls’ Class D) Regional Prelims.

October 20th – Girls’ Regional Prelims.

Week of October 22nd – V.P.’s tally ballots and send results to President by Friday, October 26th. 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 23rd – Sportsmanship Ballot due from ADs by Midnight on October 23rd.

October 23rd – Boys’ Regional Quarter Finals.

October 24th – Girls’ Regional Quarter Finals.

October 26th  – *Girls’ and Boys’ Class C and D Semi Finals.

October 27th  – Girls’ and Boys’ Class B and A Semi Finals.

October 31st  – Regional Finals All Classes


November 1st – Maine Soccer Coaches Regional All-Star Teams are posted on the website.  Senior All-Stars who plan to attend the 24th Maine Soccer Coaches Annual Senior Bowl will email the President at

November 2nd  –  All-America/All-New England Ballots are sent to coaches via email.

November 3rd – ^State Finals Class A & D: Site TBD  Class B & C: Site TBD

November 10th – Final RSVP date for Senior All-Stars attending Senior Bowl.

November 11th – 24th Maine Soccer Coaches Annual Senior Bowl at Thomas College. Boy’s game is at 12:00 noon and the Girl’s game is at 2:30 p.m. Seniors will receive invitations for 45th Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet.

November 12th – 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 13th – Invitations to the 44th Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet are emailed to coaches and mailed to Regional All-Stars.

*May move the 10/19 game to 10/20 and the 10/26 game to 10/27 by mutual agreement.

**Potential SAT conflict.

Note: State Championship game will rotate from a Southern Maine to Northern Maine site every year with a 5th year of rotation looking to schedule games at an Aroostook County location.


December 2nd– 45th Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor at 1:00 pm. Annual Maine Soccer Coaches Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.

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

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2018 NFHS Soccer Rules Changes

4-1-1a, b: a. The home team shall wear dark jerseys and socks (dark is defined as any color which contrasts with white), and the visiting team shall wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks. Prior to and during the game, jerseys shall be tucked into the shorts, unless manufactured to be worn outside.
b. Both socks shall be the same color, with the home team wearing socks of a single dominant color, but not necessarily the color of the jersey and the visiting team wearing solid white sock. If tape or a similar material (stays/ straps) is applied externally to the socks, it must be of similar color as that part of the sock to which it is applied.

Rationale: This change allows home teams to wear the school-colored jerseys at home. The change would provide the opportunity for teams to use an alternative color uniform for “special” events, if approved by the state association.

4-1-1d, e: d. If visible apparel is worn under the jersey and/or shorts, it shall be of similar length for an individual and a solid liked-color for the team.

Rationale: The previous rule caused financial hardships for some players and schools. The rule allows for the purchase of one set of cold-weather undergarments per player.

4-2-10 (NEW): In addition to the above permitted uses, state associations may on an individual basis permit a player to participate while wearing a head covering if it meets the following criteria:

1. For medical or cosmetic reasons – In the event a participant is required by a licensed medical physician to cover his/her head with a covering or wrap, the physician’s statement is required before the state association can approve a covering or wrap which is not abrasive, hard or dangerous to any other player and which is attached in such a way it is highly unlikely that it will come off during play.
2. For religious reasons – In the event there is documented evidence provided to the state association that a participant may not expose his/her uncovered head, the state association may approve a covering or wrap which is not abrasive, hard or dangerous to any other player and which is attached in such a way it is highly unlikely to come off during play.

Rationale: The addition of this exception allows for the participation of students who for religious reasons must maintain a covered head in all situations. The same is true for the student who for medical or cosmetic reasons needs to cover the head.

8-1-2: At the moment of the kickoff, all players, except the player taking the kickoff, shall be in their team’s half of the field. Players opposing the kicker shall be at least 10 yards from the ball until it is kicked.

Rationale: This 2017 rule change allowing the kickoff to be taken in any direction has created difficulty for the player taking the kick to easily kickoff into his/her own half of the field without physically being in the opponent’s half of the field. This addition to the rule would permit only the player taking the kickoff to be in the opponent’s half of the field, in order to take the kickoff.

11-1-4: A Player is offside and penalized if, at the time the ball touches or is played by a teammate, the player, in an offside position, becomes involved in active play by:

  • a. interfering with play or with an opponent or;
  • b. 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. Indirect free kick at the spot of the infraction (even in own half), subject to the provisions in P 13.1.3

Rationale: This change better articulates the difference between being in an offside position and an offside violation. It also places the penalty language in a more logical place within the rule.

12-8-1f, 15 (NEW): 1. A player, coach or bench personnel shall be cautioned (yellow card) for:

f. unsporting conduct, including, but not limited to: 15. A player who commits an offense against an opponent within his/her team penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, if the offense was an attempt to play the ball. 12-8-2d3, 4 2. A player, coach or bench personnel shall be disqualified (red card) for: (NEW) d. committing serious foul play: 3. a player commits a foul, outside the penalty area, attempting to deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, and the goal is not scored; or 4. a player commits a foul, inside the penalty area, while not attempting to play the ball, and the goal is not scored.

Rationale: This change addresses the issues of denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (DOGSO) that occur in the game that places a player and team in double jeopardy when applying a penalty.

13-2-1j (NEW): ART. 1 . . . Direct free kicks are awarded and taken from the point of the infraction (Except as in 13-1-3 and 14-1-1):

j. if a player, coach, or bench personnel enters or leaves the field of play without permission of an official and interferes with play or an official (12-8-1).

Rationale: This change emphasizes the importance of proper decorum and behavior from the benches.

13-2-3: ART. 3 . . . The following indirect free kicks are taken from where the ball was when the referee stopped play: (Subject to restrictions in 13-1-3 and 13-1-4.)

a. if a player, coach or bench personnel enters or leaves the field of play without permission of an official and does not interfere with play or an official (12-8-1);

Rationale: This change maintains a focus on the proper decorum and behavior of the benches.

18-1-g (NEW): A deliberate act is one in which a player chooses to act, regardless of the outcome of that action. This deliberate act is neither reaction nor reflex. A deliberate action may result in the opponent benefiting from the action (e.g., a deliberate, but misplayed ball that goes directly to an opponent). A reaction or reflex may result in that player benefiting from the action (e.g., a ball inadvertently contacting the arm and falling directly to the player’s feet).

Rationale: This definition provides guidance for interpretation of rules that contain the word deliberate or phrase deliberate act.


Major Editorial Changes

4-2-4: Clarifies a religious medal or other religious items must be taped to the body


Points of Emphasis

  1. Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity
  2. Excessive Player Substitutions
  3. Referee Mechanics for Indirect Free Kicks
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United Soccer Coaches 2019 National Convention

2019 Convention in Chicago is coming soon! January 9th – 13th

Billed as “The World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches,” each year the United Soccer Coaches Convention draws approximately 4,000 coaches from our 30,000-plus members, and more than 10,000 attendees over five days for live field demonstration and lecture sessions, networking socials, coaching diplomas and more!

When it comes to soccer events in the United States, few can parallel United Soccer Coaches Convention. No other event matches the fun, excitement and learning opportunities this annual gathering offers to soccer coaches at all levels of the game.

Whether it’s learning the basics of coaching goalkeepers or a high-level discussion of systems of play, every coach who attends will find something new to add to their soccer repertoire. And the coaching instruction is just the beginning – the four-day program is filled with unlimited opportunities to mix and mingle with some of the most prominent names on the soccer landscape.

Exhibitor Information:

Join Us at the Largest Soccer-Specific Trade Show in North America

The United Soccer Coaches invites you to exhibit us at our 2018 Annual Convention.

The exhibit portion of the Convention annually showcases more than 300 exhibitors covering 600,000 square feet, making it The Largest Soccer Trade Show in North America.

Full Registration Includes:

  • All United Soccer Coaches 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)
  • United Soccer Coaches 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 2017

There will be mandatory rules clinics held in soccer this fall. Each high school program (boys and girls) must have a coach attend one of these mandatory meetings. All coaches must sign in to be credited with attendance.
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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