Throughout the country, 25 percent of all soccer injuries occur as a result of slide tackling.
Throughout the country, students as young as middle school age are allowed to slide tackle in a soccer game, but at BYU-Idaho, students who slide tackle can be red carded and kicked out of the game.
Middle schools, high schools and college students across the United States and internationally have slide tackling as part of their programs. Many students feel that they are not being allowed to play the game the way that it is supposed to be played.
“In soccer and in other sports we try to modify some of the rules to make it safer to play,” said Trent Shippen, coordinator of competitive sports on campus.
Many of the sports on campus have been modified to make them safer for students to play.
In football, for a long time there was no kick off. The ball was simply set at the 20 yard line. In hockey there is no checking in the box. Both of these are large modifications to the standard rules of the sport.
Shippen said these modifications to the rules are set up to protect the students from getting hurt, while still allowing them to have fun.
Every few years the soccer rules are looked at to see if any changes need to be made.
In past years students were required to wear shin guards when playing intramural soccer, but today they are only recommended.
This year the soccer rules were reviewed again and slide tackling was still found to be too much of a risk.
“Not having slide tackling takes away from the game but I understand it,” said Johnathon Stewart, a student studying Spanish education.
Even though some students do complain about the changes to the rules, many seem to understand the importance of the changes.
Still, Stewart hopes that one day teams will be trained well enough to play with all the rules.