Recreational Soccer Rules of the Game

 

Law U5-U6 U7-U8 U9-U10 U11-U12 U13-U14-U15 CoEd High School
No Header Rule When a Player deliberately heads he ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be given to the opposing team at the spot of the offense. If a dliberate header occurs inside the Penalty Area, an indirect kick will be taken on the Penalty Area Line paralell t the goal line at the point nearest to where the ifringement occured. If a player does NOT deliberately head the ball, then the play should continue. Determination on whether a header was deliberate or not will be in the sole discretion of the Center Referee. When a Player deliberately heads he ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be given to the opposing team at the spot of the offense. If a dliberate header occurs inside the Penalty Area, an indirect kick will be taken on the Penalty Area Line paralell t the goal line at the point nearest to where the ifringement occured. If a player does NOT deliberately head the ball, then the play should continue. Determination on whether a header was deliberate or not will be in the sole discretion of the Center Referee. When a Player deliberately heads he ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be given to the opposing team at the spot of the offense. If a dliberate header occurs inside the Penalty Area, an indirect kick will be taken on the Penalty Area Line paralell t the goal line at the point nearest to where the ifringement occured. If a player does NOT deliberately head the ball, then the play should continue. Determination on whether a header was deliberate or not will be in the sole discretion of the Center Referee. When a Player deliberately heads he ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be given to the opposing team at the spot of the offense. If a dliberate header occurs inside the Penalty Area, an indirect kick will be taken on the Penalty Area Line paralell t the goal line at the point nearest to where the ifringement occured. If a player does NOT deliberately head the ball, then the play should continue. Determination on whether a header was deliberate or not will be in the sole discretion of the Center Referee. Does Not Apply Does Not Apply
Law 1 Field of Play Reduced Size Reduced Size Reduced Size Reduced Size Full Size Full Size
Penalty and Goal Area Regulation Regulation
Law 2 The Ball Size 3 Size 3 Size 4 Size 4 Size 5 Size 5
Law 3 Number of Players 3 or 4 per team- no goalie 7 – one of whom is a goalie. Teams may play down to 6 or up to 8 if agreed to between coaches 7 – one of whom is a goalie. Teams may play down to 6 or up to 8 if agreed to between coaches 9 – one of whom is a goalie. Teams may play down to 7 or 8 if agreed to between coaches 11 – one of whom is a goalie. Teams may play down to 10 if agreed to between coaches 11 – one of whom is a goalie. Teams may play down to 10 if agreed to between coaches
Player Passes Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
Rosters Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
Coaches On the Field Coaching Teams Must Remain in Technical Area Must Remain in Technical Area Must Remain in Technical Area Must Remain in Technical Area Must Remain in Technical Area
Parents Must remain on the touchline opposite the players, 1 yard back from Field. Must remain on the touchline opposite the players, 1 yard back from Field. Must remain on the touchline opposite the players, 1 yard back from Field. Must remain on the touchline opposite the players, 2 yards back from Field. Must remain on the touchline opposite the players, 2 yards back from Field. Must remain on the touchline opposite the players, 2 yards back from Field.
Law 4 Players Equipment Jersey number not required. Relaxed on uniforms matching. Shin Guards are required. No Jewelry including new earrings. Jersey number not required. Relaxed on uniforms matching. Shin Guards are required. No Jewelry including new earrings. Jersey number not required. Relaxed on uniforms matching. Shin Guards are required. No Jewelry including new earrings. Jersey number not required. Relaxed on uniforms matching. Shin Guards are required. No Jewelry including new earrings. Jersey number not required. Relaxed on uniforms matching. Shin Guards are required. No Jewelry including new earrings. Jersey number not required. Relaxed on uniforms matching. Shin Guards are required. No Jewelry including new earrings.
Law 5 The Referee No Referee Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF
Law 6 The Assistant Referee None None None None None None
Law 7 Duration of the Match Two equal 20 minute halves, with a 1 minute running clock water break. 5 minute halftime Two equal 20 minute halves, with a 1 minute running clock water break. 5 minute halftime Two equal 22 minute halves, with a 1 minute running clock water break. 5 minute halftime Two equal 25 minute halves, with a 1 minute running clock water break. 5 minute halftime Two equal 30 minute halves, with a 1 minute running clock water break. 5 minute halftime Two equal 30 minute halves, with a 1 minute running clock water break. 5 minute halftime
Law 8 Start and Restart of Play Conform to USSF, except players must remain 5 yards from ball. Conform to USSF, except players must remain 5 yards from ball. Conform to USSF, except players must remain 8 yards from ball. Conform to USSF, except players must remain 8 yards from ball. Conform to USSF Conform to USSF
Law 9 Ball In & Out of Play Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF
Law 10 Method of Scoring Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF
Law 11 Offside No Offside No Offside No Offside Offside decisions made by the Center Referee Offside decisions made by the Center Referee Offside decisions made by the Center Referee
Law 12 Fouls & Misconduct Conform to USSF. Slide Tackling is Permitted Conform to USSF. Slide Tackling is Permitted Conform to USSF. Slide Tackling is Permitted Conform to USSF. Slide Tackling is Permitted Conform to USSF. Slide Tackling is Permitted Conform to USSF. Slide Tackling is Permitted
Law 13 Free Kicks Conform to USSF, except players must remain 5 yards from ball. Conform to USSF, except players must remain 5 yards from ball. Conform to USSF, except players must remain 8 yards from ball. Conform to USSF, except players must remain 8 yards from ball. Conform to USSF Conform to USSF
Law 14 The Penalty Kick Taken from Goal Area Line, centered in front of the goal. Taken from Goal Area Line, centered in front of the goal. Conform to USSF, except 8 yards from Goal Line Conform to USSF, except 10 yards from Goal Line Conform to USSF Conform to USSF
Law 15 The Throw In Kick ins Trifling infractions should be ignored by the Referee. For serious infractions, the player should be allowed to retake the throw ONCE. The player shoul be encouraged to perform a proper throw-in. If the second throw-in is also a serious infraction, tbe Referee will use his/her judgement when deciding to ignore the infraction or award a throw-in to the opposing team. Trifling infractions should be ignored by the Referee. For serious infractions, the player should be allowed to retake the throw ONCE. The player shoul be encouraged to perform a proper throw-in. If the second throw-in is also a serious infraction, tbe Referee will use his/her judgement when deciding to ignore the infraction or award a throw-in to the opposing team. Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF
Law 16 Goal Kick None From anywhere inside the Penalty Area when no Goal Area is marked. From anywhere inside the Penalty Area when no Goal Area is marked. Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF
Law 17 Corner Kick Conform to USSF, except players must remain 5 yards from ball. Conform to USSF, except players must remain 5 yards from ball. Conform to USSF, except players must remain 8 yards from ball. Conform to USSF Conform to USSF Conform to USSF
Administrative Procedures
Game Reports No Report Filed Game Reports must be filed. Game Reports must be filed. Game Reports must be filed. Game Reports must be filed. Game Reports must be filed.
Coach Certification of Players Coaches must certify that their players are properly equipped and that they are rostered to their team. Coaches must certify that their players are properly equipped and that they are rostered to their team. Coaches must certify that their players are properly equipped and that they are rostered to their team. Coaches must certify that their players are properly equipped and that they are rostered to their team. Coaches must certify that their players are properly equipped and that they are rostered to their team. Coaches must certify that their players are properly equipped and that they are rostered to their team.
Guest Players Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed