2017 Soccer Regulations

2017 Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

Soccer Administrative Regulations

First Practice:      Monday, March 20 (Week 38)

First Competition: Monday, April 3 (Week 40)

Regional Tournament Dates:

Class 1A: Tuesday, May 30; Friday, June 2; Monday, June 5

Class 2A:  Thursday, May 25; Tuesday, May 30; Monday, June 5

Class 3A: Satuday, May 27; Wednesday, May 31; Monday, June 6

State Tournament: June 8-9-10 @ Cownie Sports Complex, Des Moines (Week 49)

Scrimmages: 1, permitted at any time during the season

Jamborees: 1 per school consisting of one 40 minute half. Permitted between the date of the first practice and the date the school plays its first game.

Match Limitations: 17 matches

Tournament Regulations: When more than one varsity match takes place on a date, it constitutes a tournament (Exception: double duals are legal and count as two matches).

In the regular season, it is permissible for the tournament manager to schedule two 30-minute halves subject to notification of both teams prior to the start of the tournament. Schools must play the two sudden victory overtimes prior to moving to penalty kicks.

 No JV teams are allowed in varsity tournaments.

No limit on the number of teams in a tournament

No more than five (5) matches may be played in one tournament

No more than three (3) matches in a day during tournament play.

Regularly scheduled regular season matches may not be part of a tournament.

Individual Participation: There is no season match limitation for an individual player. Individual player limitation may not exceed six (6) halves in a calendar day.

Middle School Soccer: Middle school programs are subject to the rules and regulations in place for the high school team.

Eighth Grade Eligibility: Eighth graders are not eligible to practice or play with the high school team.

Head Varsity Coach Requirements:

Rule Meetings: All head varsity girls soccer coaches are required to attend/view a soccer rules meeting each year. Failure to attend will result in the varsity head coach not being allowed to coach during regional and state tournament series. The deadline to view the 2016 rules meeting is Midnight, March 30 .

Statistics: Head Coaches are required to submit statistics for girls soccer via the online QuikStats website. There are three mandatory reporting dates: Tuesday, April 18; Tuesday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 16. Statistics must be updated immediately during the regional and state tournaments. Stats should be updated on QuikStats no later than noon the following day during regionals.

Failure to report statistics by the reporting dates specified below will result in the following penalties:

First Offense – Warning email sent to coach, athletic director, principal, and superintendent.  Coach has until 4:30 p.m. two days after reporting date to comply.  If statistics still are not updated by 4:30 two days after the reporting date, coach will be suspended for the next scheduled varsity playing date.  Coach will also be suspended an additional varsity playing date for each additional day that statistics are not complete.

Second Offense – Suspension email sent to coach, athletic director, principal, and superintendent.  Coach is suspended for two varsity playing dates.  Coach has until 4:30 p.m. two days after reporting date to comply.  Coach will also be suspended an additional varsity playing date for each additional day that statistics are not complete.

Third Offense – Suspension email sent to coach, athletic director, principal, and superintendent. Coach is suspended from coaching in the regional/state tournament. In addition, coach is suspended from coaching any remaining regular season games until statistics reporting is complete.

Official Recommendations:  The head varsity coach of each school is required to submit officials’ recommendations in the online forms section of the IGHSAU website no later than 4:30 p.m. on the 30th day following completion of the state tournament in each respective sport.  The deadline for girls soccer is Monday, July 10.

Five days following the end of the state tournament in each sport, a reminder email will be sent to the athletic director of those schools who have yet to submit the recommendations.  After 25 days, a final reminder will be emailed to the athletic director, principal, and superintendent.  Failure of the head coach to submit the recommendations by 4:30 p.m. on the 30th day following the completion of the state tournament will result in suspension of the head coach for the first two varsity playing dates of the season the following school year.  If the coach leaves the school and is head coach at another Iowa school the next school year, the suspension will apply to the coach at the new school.