Updates to the Laws of the Game
Drop ball - any time play is stopped for an injury (or any reason other than a foul),play is always restarted with a drop ball. The drop ball is ALWAYS UNCONTESTED) and is dropped tot he team who last touched the ball, whether intentional or accidental.
Ball in or out of bounds or considered a goal - The ball is out of play when it has WHOLLY passed over the goal line or touchline on the ground or in the air.
Throw ins - when taking a throw in, the player throwing the ball must have both feet either on or behind the line. It is NOT an infringement of the rules if a player is stepping on the line. It becomes an infringement ONLY if a player throwing the ball has one or both of their feet entirely on the field of play and not touching the line.
Offside - The offside rule is the most debated soccer principle (no matter where the game is played), even though what is known as Law 11 isn't terribly difficult to grasp.
There is new guidance (fall 2023) coming with some changes to a player's positioning when determining if a player is off-side. Always remember that a player in an off-side position is not always off-side!
The emphasis for this age group is to promote the game and good habits. Keep players spread out as much as possible and encourage all players to play offense and defense. Do not allow players to sit back in the defensive half only to block the goal or wait for the other team to come towards them. This is counterproductive to how we want them to play the game. We want players to score goals in order to experience success. For safety reasons, heading is not taught, practiced, nor encouraged in this age group.
Many of the same principles from U7 are continued in this age. The U9 age group brings a more structured approach with emphasis on kicking, or striking, the ball properly, passing to teammates, understanding positions, and working together as a team. Players should not be locked into playing one position. Players should be moved around in order to develop an understanding of the responsibilities of offense and defense, to include the goalkeeper position. For safety reasons, heading is not taught, practiced, nor encouraged in this age group.
U13/15 are governed by the Laws of the Game at top of the page. Offside is enforced and licensed referees are assigned to the games.