Soccer may be the simplest of team sports.  A few basic rules make it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to enjoy playing and watching the game anywhere around the world.

At its best, soccer is fluid, spontaneous, and exciting.  The rules reward intelligent and skillful play rather than brute force.  They also promote continuous action by limiting interruptions and keeping them brief.  Soccer’s rules are an integral part of the game’s beauty and universal appeal.


Laws of the Game

The Laws of the Game are the fundamental rules of soccer.  They govern international and professional matches and serve as the basis for the modified rules used in youth, high school, and college soccer.


Youth Rules

The Minnesota Youth Soccer Association uses the Laws of the Game with modifications.


High School Rules

The Minnesota State High School League uses the NFHS Soccer Rules with modifications.

In addition to these rules, high school officials must uphold the policies and guidelines contained in the MSHSL Manual for Athletic Officials.


Additional Resources

These documents provide quick references to differences between youth and high school soccer rules.

Soccer Referee Training