Masl Announces Rules, Points of Emphasis for 2017-2018

October 11, 2017 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - Brownsville Barracudas

News Release

HIDALGO, Texas - The Rio Grande Valley Barracudas and the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) announce rules and points of emphasis for 2017-2018 season.

The MASL Rules Committee, made up of coaches and owners from across the league, worked throughout the offseason to make the game of arena soccer safer, faster, and easier to enjoy for all fans, whether they are watching live in the arena or on MASLtv broadcasts.

In addition, the Rules Committee worked with Ryan Cigich, the MASL's Head of Officials, to highlight several 'points of emphasis' for officials to focus on this season. These are rules that are already in place, but will be given particular attention by game day referees throughout the season.

Commissioner Joshua Schaub praised the work of Cigich and the Rules Committee, ""I believe the rule changes and points of emphasis for this season strike a great balance between maintaining safety for our players and continuing our reputation as one of the fastest and physical sports in the world."

Player Safety:

Arena soccer is a physical high contact sport; however, player safety is paramount. Referees will strictly penalize any player contacting an opponent in the head or face area when not challenging for the ball, as well as penalize players who commit a "two-footed" tackle regardless of whether or not they win the ball. The Office of Commissioner has the power to review events and impose sanctions after the game.

Speed of the Game:

Referees will work with players and coaches to keep each game flowing in a professional manner. Players and coaches alike will be penalized for acts that delay the game, including but not limited to, entering the field of play to argue a referee decision, surrounding or crowding referees, etc.

Player/Coach Dissent:

Arena soccer is an extremely fast-paced game with continuous action all over the field. Referees will strictly enforce penalties for players and coaches who continuously dissent or fail to proceed to the penalty box in a timely manner following a time penalty.

Obscene Language:

Fans of all ages fill arenas across North America to see MASL action. While the league understands the players have passion and play with emotion, they must also remember they are role models and examples for those who come to enjoy the game. Referees will remind players there is no room in the game for foul, abusive or obscene language.

The RGV Barracudas season opener is on the road October 28th against El Paso. The home opener is November 4th as the Barracudas host the Florida Tropics with the kick off at 7:05 PM. Tickets are on sale now or for more information on the RGV Barracudas logon to www.barracudasfc.com or by calling (956) 843-5658.

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