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Soccer Rules

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SportSpectator Soccer Fan’s Guide

Soccer, more than any other sport, follows one major set of rules. These rules are regulated by FIFA.

Org Level Description Link
FIFA International FIFA is the international governing body of soccer. Most rules, from youth to profession, follow the FIFA rules or are in large part based on FIFA rules. FIFA rules are provided online for free. Rules
NFHS High School The NFHS is the national governing body of high school sports. Their rule books are not offered online, but can be purchased from the website for $6.75. Purchase
NCAA College College soccer is governed by the NCAA. Their rule book is available online for free. Rules
AYSO Youth AYSO is one of the major youth soccer orgs. Online
Other Youth More links to youth soccer rules will be added soon.  

You may also be interested in the following books on
Soccer for Dummies
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Soccer
Soccer Made Simple; A Spectator's Guide

We also have rules links to the following sports:
Baseball rules
Basketball rules
Field hockey rules
Football rules
Golf rules
Men's lacrosse rules
Women's lacrosse rules
Soccer rules
Softball rules
Swimming and diving rules
Tennis rules
Track and field rules
Volleyball rules
Water polo rules
Wrestling rules