Modified Rules




  1. The maximum length of the quarter shall be fifteen (15) minutes.


  1. Free substitution is permitted when the ball goes over the sideline or end line.


  1. Equipment:


  • Only shoes with molded soles or sneakers are permitted as footwear.
  • Shin guards must be worn at all times by all players.

Ø A mouthpiece shall be worn by the soccer goalie for protective purposes. (Note: Private schools’ modified teams’ goalkeepers do not need a mouthpiece.)


  1. One time-out period per quarter (including each overtime period) may be called whenever the ball is out of play. The coach is permitted on the field during the time-out period to instruct the players.


  1. Sliding tackles are not permitted.


  1. Overhead scissors kicks are not permitted.
  2. The flip throw-in is not permitted.


  1. Corner flags must be of a flexible nature and conform to the NF rule standard of not being less than 5 feet high.
  2. In the event of the disqualification of a player, substitutions must be made for that disqualified player. If a team has no eligible substitute, the team may continue to play shorthanded.


  1. There shall be two overtime periods of four minutes when the regulation game ends in a tie. A coin shall be flipped prior to the first overtime period. If a tie still exists after the second overtime, no further play shall be conducted. (Note: Section IX and MHAL schools do not play overtime at the Modified level.)
  2. If both teams have a minimum of 22 players, a 5th quarter will be played. If a 5th quarter is played, no overtime periods will be played.


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