State Adoption Rules for Hair Control Devices in Soccer

State Adoption by GHSA for Soccer Playing Rules

 In relation to the NFHS 2022-2023 rule change under Rule 4-2-2 “Other equipment,” by state adoption for soccer contests, GHSA has added to the criteria: 


Hair control devices and other adornments worn in the hair must meet the following criteria:

  • Be securely fastened to the head.
  • Do not present an increased risk to the player, teammates or opponent.
  • Any hair control device or adornment will NOT include any hard and/or unyielding material.
  • This change promotes the inclusion of participants based on their cultural and religious beliefs. 

GHSA adopted these criteria to ensure the safety of the player, teammates, and opponents.

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