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Game rules by division

U7/U8 4v4 RULES

  • Each half will consist of four 4-minute quarters with a 1-minute water break in between each quarter (19 minutes total per half, which includes 16 minutes of playing time). This is to allow for substitutions and/or water breaks. After starting the clock, the referee will blow the whistle to stop play at 4 minutes, 9 minutes, 14 minutes, and 19 minutes. Restarts will be when both teams are ready to play.

 

  • There is NO GOALIE in this division. The arcs in front of the goals are not to be occupied by a defender unless it is to go after a ball. The defender will be responsible for goal kicks, but there will be no throws from the goal area or drop kicks.

 

  • No attacking player is allowed inside the build-out area on goal kicks until the ball is kicked. This is to aid the defending team in working the ball up field to restart the game. The build-out area is the area between the goal line and the build-out line across the field.

 

  • Free kicks will be assessed as a result of an infraction. All kicks resulting from a foul are considered indirect kicks and may not be kicked directly into the goal prior to touching another player.

 

  • Substitutions will only be made during the 1-minute water breaks. 

 

  • A player who does a throw-in incorrectly will be instructed and allowed to re-throw the ball. 

 

  • There will be no off-side calls.

 

  • Heading the ball is NOT allowed. The penalty for heading the ball is an indirect kick at the spot of the infraction.

 

  • Slide tackling is NOT allowed.

U9/U10 7v7 RULES

  • Each half is 25 minutes. The halftime break is 5 minutes.

 

  • There IS a goalie in this division (the goalie position is included in the 7 players). Goalies may use their hands to pick up the ball anywhere in the box. There are no dropkicks. Balls that are picked up in the box will be thrown by the goalie.

 

  • If a player passes the ball to the goalie on his/her team, the goalie may NOT use his/her hands to pick up the ball. This will be called a handball, and the other team will get the ball at the place where the penalty occurred. A player MAY pass the ball to the goalie, but the goalie is only allowed to kick the ball in that situation. 

 

  • No attacking player is allowed inside the build-out area on goal kicks until the ball is kicked. In addition, anytime the goalkeeper has the ball, the opposition must retreat behind the build-out line. This is to aid the defending team in working the ball up field to restart the game. The build-out area is the area between the goal line and the build-out line.

 

  • Substitutions will be made at the halfway line when the ball is out of play and permission has been granted by the referee.

 

  • Possession is lost when a player does a throw-in incorrectly. There are no warnings; the ball is given to the other team. 

 

  • Slide tackling is NOT allowed.

 

  • Heading the ball is NOT allowed. The penalty for heading the ball is an indirect kick at the spot of the infraction.

 

  • Offside rule only applies in the area past the build-out line. A player is called offside if he/she is nearer to the opponent's goal than both the ball and the last opponent (not including the goalkeeper) when his teammate plays the ball to him/her.

 

U11/U12 9v9 RULES

  • In this division, the goalie may drop-kick the ball, and there is no build-out line.

  • If a player passes the ball to the goalie on his/her team, the goalie may NOT use his/her hands to pick up the ball. This will be called a handball, and the other team will gain possession of the ball at the place where the penalty occurred. A player MAY pass the ball to the goalie, but the goalie is only allowed to kick the ball in that situation.

  • Substitutions will be made at the halfway line when the ball is out of play and permission has been granted by the referee.

  • The offside rule applies anywhere on the opponent’s half of the field.

  • Possession is lost when a player does a throw-in incorrectly. There are no warnings; the ball is given to the other team.

  • Heading the ball is NOT allowed. The penalty for heading the ball is an indirect kick at the spot of the infraction.

  • Slide tackling is allowed.

 

U13+ 11v11 RULES

  • Each half is 35 minutes. The halftime break is 5 minutes.

  • In this division, the goalie may drop-kick the ball, and there is no build-out line. 

  • If a player passes the ball to the goalie on his/her team, the goalie may NOT use his/her hands to pick up the ball. This will be called a handball, and the other team will gain possession of the ball at the place where the penalty occurred. A player MAY pass the ball to the goalie, but the goalie is only allowed to kick the ball in that situation. 

  • Substitutions will be made at the halfway line when the ball is out of play and permission has been granted by the referee.

  • The offside rule applies anywhere on the opponent’s half of the field.

  • Possession is lost when a player does a throw-in incorrectly. There are no warnings; the ball is given to the other team.

  • Heading the ball is allowed. 

  • Slide tackling is allowed.