Crimson Cliffs vs.Ridgeline, Boys’ 4A State Championships at Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah, May 11, 2022 | Image courtesy of Anna Stringham, St. George’s News
Medval – The Utah High School Activities Association announced Thursday that it will place all high school boys’ soccer on probation for three years and limit the number of games that can be played in the sport.
The test affects all boys’ soccer programs across the state, regardless of rating or region.
According to a statement from the UHSAA, the Executive Committee takes a stand against issues of sportsmanship in sport. The organization states that there has been a rise in outputs related to unsportsmanlike behaviour. In response, the organization will remove two games from the total number allowed to play from 16 to 14.
The sport will remain to be tested over the next three years, as the Executive Committee conducts an annual review of the sport’s progress in improving sportsmanship issues.
The statewide semifinals this year had Southern Utah flavor to them as the Crimson Cliffs advanced to the title game by defeating Desert Hills in a penalty shootout, while Ridgeline edged Dixie 4-1 in the other semifinal.
Crimson Cliffs went on to defeat Ridgeline 1-0 by scoring in the last minute of overtime to win the state title.
The announcement affects 116 high school football teams across the state.
Written by Eric Frandsen, Cash Valley Daily
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