Disqualifying statement: This comes from former ref & current coach. Folks, just got my big poster from NFHS and FoxSoccer that shows the rules revisions for HS soccer this year. No, the referee no longer is required to do an inspection of equipment. coupled with Any "improperly equipped" player earns his coach a yellow card. What is improperly equipped? Nonmatching underarmor? An earring or necklace? Shin guards too high? Untucked shirts? Shorts that don't match (think jv squads here) A keeper whose shirt matches the ref's or the opponent's? Hair ribbons for decoration? Socks that are different (again back to jv, or the senior that brain-f*rted) I really hate this new rule...I wonder just how this pulls the ref out of liability, since regardless of a pregame inspection, he is still responsible to notice and penalize unsafe (improper) equipment. As a coach, do I request an inspection? Or refuse one? I have never picked up a card as a coach in high school. I expect to get them this year, since the word "improper" is a martinette-referee's dream. Actually, I have warned my jv coach, so that he will be prepared. Often that is first where we see rule-book-refs show up - new to the game, they only know the letter without understanding the spirit of the game. I love HS soccer, I just hate the NFHS HS rules.