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Playing Guidelines

Changes to the Laws of the Game

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When is a ball 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. 


The idea of 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.

  • Ball – Size 3
  • Players – 4v4, no goalkeeper
  • Four ten minute quarters with a 5 minute half time
  • Unlimited substitutions at any stoppage of play
  • No offside
  • Fouls will result in a indirect kick, meaning the ball must touch more than one player (teammate or opponent) before it goes into the goal. If a foul is committed within 5 yards of the goal, the ball will be placed 5 yards straight out from the goal. There are no "penalty kicks". Players are not to act as a goalie and are not to stand directly in front of the goal on the goal line.
  • When the ball is kicked complete over the touchline (sideline), the opposing team takes a throw in. Make sure the player taking the throw in has both feet on the ground and both hands must come back over their head before throwing it. DO NOT allow them to throw the ball in improperly!!
  • One coach from each team should be on the field of play to instruct and encourage the players. One coach should have a whistle to start and stop play as necessary. Coaches are to coach, not to get involved in the play.


  • Ball – Size 3
  • Players – 7v7, including goalkeeper
  • Field – 30 to 40 yards wide by 40 to 50 yards long
  • Goals – 4 to 6 feet high by 8 to 12 feet wide (must be anchored or weighted down)
  • Game – Two (2) twenty-five (25) minute halves – 5 minute half-time interval
  • Referee – Supplied by home team and they may not be a coach or an assistant. If you pay them, please do beforehand and respect their calls.
  • Playing Rule – To match FIFA Rules with the following exceptions

    Offside: No offsides, but continuous offenders are to be instructed by the coaches. We asked that you teach and instruct players in regards to the offsides rule at practice.

    Fouls:   All kicks are indirect; No penalty kicks: If a foul is committed in the penalty area, the ball will be placed at the top of the penalty area, straight out from where the foul was committed, and it shall be an indirect kick.

    Substitutions: Allowed on goal kicks, after a goal is score, on your own throw in, or opponents throw in if opponent is also substituting. The coach must signal a substitution request to the referee who in turn must grant permission for the player to enter the field.  Players are to leave and enter the field at mid-field.

    Throw-Ins (U8 only): If a player commits an illegal throw in, the player will be allowed to take to retake it. The referee should explain to the player the reason why it was illegal. If the re-throw is illegal a 2nd time, the opposing team will take the throw-in.

    ​Coaches: Are not permitted on the field during the game and must stay within coaching box; they are responsible for fan conduct; must be registered with Risk Management

    Players: No jewelry is allowed to be worn unless for medical purposes.

    Fans: Must sit on opposite side of player’s bench. They may not sit behind the goals