Format/Rules of Game Play

The FIFA “Laws of the Game” will apply to all competitions sponsored by the League, except the Modified 9U/10U modifications listed below.  In addition substitutions will be allowed at all stoppage of play, at the center ref's discretion.

Modified Game Play Rules U9-U10:

· A goal kick or goalkeeper throw-in will require the opponents to retreat to beyond the build out line until the ball is in play. The build out line is the field center line. The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area. The attacking team does not have to wait for the opponent’s defenders to retreat and has the option to restart the game before should they choose.

· No goalkeeper punts will be allowed. The goalkeeper must distribute the ball to a player in the defensive half of the field. A violation will result in an indirect free kick from the top of the penalty box nearest the foul.

· There will be no heading allowed. A violation will result in an indirect free kick from the point of the heading unless the heading is done in the goal box in which case the ball is placed at the closest part of the goal box line that is parallel to the end line.

Formats of Game Play
Age Group Format Roster Size Game Length Ball Size Field Variations
17U/18U/19U 11 v 11 22 2 - 45 min halves #5 Length - 100-120 yards
Width - 50-80 yards  
15U/16U 11 v 11 22 2 - 40 min halves #5 Length - 100-120 yards
Width - 50-80 yards 
13U/14U 11 v 11 22 2 - 35 min halves #5 Length - 100-120 yards
Width - 50-80 yards  
11U/12U 9 v 9 18 2 - 30 min halves #5 Length - 70-80 yards
Width - 50-80 yards   
9U/10U 7 v 7 14 2 - 25 min halves #5 Length - 55-70 yards
Width - 35-45 yards  

 

Recommended Goal Sizes
As consistent with US Soccer Federations new PDI's, 13U and above will use standard full size goals (Height - 8ft by Width - 24ft.).  9U-12Uwill be recommended to use Height - 6.5ft by W18.5 ft, with the maximum size goal to use for those specific age groups should be 7ft by 21ft.