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U8 Rules


4v4 Standards of Play Games


•Size 3 ball

•4v4 (no goalkeepers)

•Shin guards are required

•Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any time the ball is out of play

•4 ,  10 minute quarters

•3 minute breaks between quarters

No slide tackling

No deliberate heading of the ball


Games


•Kick offs, free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks are used to start or restart play

•Goal kicks and corner kicks should be taken in the general vicinity of the respective goal or corner

•If used, all free kicks are indirect

•Opponents should be 5 yards away from the ball on all restarts

•No penalty kicks

•No offside

•Together, coaches and parents are expected to create and promote a fun and safe environment for the players




U10 Rules


Concussion Initiative


Deliberate heading is not allowed in 7v7 games If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred


7v7 Modified Laws of the Game


Law 1 – Field of Play

•55-65 yards (length)

•35-45 yards (width)

•Goals should be no larger than 6.5 feet (height) x 18.5 feet (width)


Law 2 – Ball

•Size 4


Law 3 – Players

•7v7 (6 field players and 1 goalkeeper)

•Game may not start or continue if there are less than 5 players on a team

•Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage


Law 4 – Players’ Equipment

*shin guards are required


Law 7 – Duration of the Match

•2, 25 minute halves

•5 minute halftime

•No added time


•Kick offs, free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks are used to start or restart play

•Goal kicks and corner kicks should be taken in the general vicinity of the respective goal or corner

• No slide tackling. Penalty will be a foul for dangerous play and an indirect free kick for the opponent.

•Opponents should be 5 yards away from the ball on all restarts

• penalty kicks for fouls inside penalty area

•Together, coaches and parents are expected to create and promote a fun and safe environment for the players


*Offsides Rule will be in place for this season.

  -see explanation below...


According to the FIFA rulebook, a player is in an offside position if:

  • He is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent.

  • A violation will occur when he is in an offside position (previous bullet point) at the same time the ball is being passed forward to him.

A player is NOT in an offside position if:

  • He is in his own half of the field of play.

  • No part of the attacking player (head, body, or feet) is closer to the opponents goal than the final defender (not including the goalkeeper) .

  • He is receiving the ball from a throw-in.

We know. It can still be a little confusing. It’s really easier to see it rather than read it. Let’s look at some examples:

 

Not offside:

In this image above, the player in the red circle is getting ready to pass the ball to the player with the red arrow pointed at him. Since the player with the red arrow has NO part of his body past the second to last defender (yellow arrow. Remember, the goal keeper is behind him), the player is NOT in an offside position.

Offside:

In the picture above, the player in the red circle is getting ready to pass the ball forward to one of his teammates. The player with the red arrow pointed at him is in an offside position. The reason for that is because his body is past the player with the yellow arrow pointed at him who is considered the second to last defender (Don’t forget the goalkeeper!). He is considered the second to last defender because he is the closer to his own goal line than any other player besides the goalkeeper.

 

However, if the player in the red circle decided to pass it to a player with a blue arrow, than it would not be considered offside because both players with blue arrows are not past the final defender (yellow arrow).




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