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Getting Ready for Spring 2014

Spring is Just Around the Corner

Are you ready for some Futbol?

Originally the weekend of March 1 & 2 was the start of the Spring season. Due to the weather’s affect on fields, the leagues have decided to push the season back a week (and hope that the fields are dry). The SJ league seasons will kick-off the weekend of March 8 & 9 and will end the weekend of May 17 & 18. There may be other competitions that play the weekend of March 1 & 2.

SPRING TOURNAMENTS: There are several in-season tournaments in the Spring. I do not assign any in the Spring. If you are looking for tournaments, a good place to start is the NJ Youth Soccer Tournament Directory at njyouthsoccer.com. As of this post there are eleven “in-season” tournaments listed before Memorial Day weekend.

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IFAB Decision on Head Scarves

From US Soccer:

IFAB ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING – DECISIONS AND DIRECTIVES

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has completed its evaluation of how to implement its decision to allow headscarves to be worn under certain conditions.

As this is a temporary measure and subject to change based on reported experiences, it is not at this time being made part of the Laws of the Game, but FIFA has issued a directive with the following guidelines which are in effect immediately.

Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment

The headscarf must

  • be of the same color as the jersey
  • be in keeping with the professional appearance of the player’s equipment
  • not be attached to the jersey
  • not pose any danger to the player wearing it or any other player (e.g., opening/closing mechanism around neck)
  • only be worn by female players

U.S. Soccer’s Advice to Referees

  • The phrase “same color as the jersey” can be expanded to mean the same main color as the jersey
  • The inspection for safety of any headscarf should be focused on the objective of allowing the scarf to be worn unless it is clearly unsafe and cannot be made safe
  • This language confirms that male players cannot wear headscarves under any circumstances