Rules & Policies
New Hampshire Soccer League
The New Hampshire Soccer League follows all FIFA, US Soccer, Policies and Rules with special deviations to the Laws of the Game, as listed in the NHSL Policies and Procedure Manual.
SUPPLEMENTAL RULES EFFECTIVE SPRING 2020
NHSL is strongly suggesting that all players, coaches, volunteers, or anyone in contact with our youth players to be SafeSport Certified. All persons 18 years or older who interact or play with those who are under the age of 18 will need to be SafeSport certified starting the fall of 2020. Anyone who turns 18 in season will also need to complete the certification. This comes from the USSL legal counsel. Please consider starting these practices this coming spring 2020.
Example: Player X is turning 18 on May 15th. Player Y is his teammate and he will be 17 years old for the entire spring. Player X will need to be SafeSport certified by the time he/she turns 18.
Coaches receiving cards:
With the new laws of the game instituted in the spring 2020 season, coaches can now be shown both yellow and red cards. Due to this, the following procedures will be followed starting spring 2020.
A. Any coach, assistant coach, or personnel receiving two (2) yellow cards in the same game, resulting in a dismissal, will face a MINIMUM one (1) game suspension.
B. Any coach, assistant coach, or personnel receiving a yellow card in two (2) consecutive games will be handed a one (1) game suspension.
C. Any coach, assistant coach, or personnel receiving an accumulation of three (3) cards at any point in a season (spring or fall) will be handed a one (1) game suspension.
D. All yellow cards received in a season reflect on the head coach of the team. If a coaching staff accumulates more than three (3) yellow cards in a single season, each subsequent yellow card will accrue a $75 fine assessed to the team and the coach will be ineligible for the league playoffs, and will be on probation until the following occurs:
1. All fines are paid in full by the club
2. Documentation of attending a LOTG re-certification classroom session is provided (after date of suspension)
3. A letter of intent has been sent to the LOC asking for reinstatement
Please see league policies for red cards received. This is on top of any potential suspensions delivered for dismissal, dissent, or misbehavior, and will be looked at on a case by case basis. Any coach receiving two (2) yellows in the same game – resulting in a dismissal – could face more than a one (1) game dismissal depending on the nature of the cards. Please refer to league rules for coach dismissal policies.
The New Hampshire Soccer Association (NHSA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established to promote, educate and advance the game of soccer in New Hampshire.
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Manchester, NH 03109
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