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Soccer Rules

Youth Soccer Rules


(3 years old)
(ages 4-5)
(ages 6-7)
(ages 8-9)
(ages 10-12)
Ball size 3 3 4 4 5
Game type


(no goalie)


(plus goalie)


(plus goalie)


(plus goalie)


(plus goalie)

Field size** appx 20x30 yds appx 20x30 yds appx 32x50 appx 32x70 yds appx 32x70 yds
Goal Size** 6x4 8x4 8x4 12x6 12x6
Game length 20 min halves 20 min halves 20 min halves 20 min halves 20 min halves
Halftime 5 minutes 5 minutes 5 minutes 5 minutes 5 minutes
Coach on field Yes Yes Yes No No
Playoffs No No No Yes Yes
Officiating Coaches Coaches Coaches Referee Referee
Overtime No No No Playoffs Playoffs
Offsides NA NA NA Enforced Enforced
Handball NA Throw in Throw in Free kick Free kick
Throw In No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sliding Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed
Goalies No Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • *Coaches may adjust by one player per situation - player count adjusted due to covid


  1. Shin guards are mandatory
  2. League Jersey must be worn
  3. No metal cleats
  4. No watches or jewelry
  5. No hats
  6. Athletic shorts must be worn (no jeans or cargo shorts)


  1. Only one coach per team of the U4, U6, & U8 divisions may be on the field with players. All other division coaches must stay on their sideline.
  2. Coach must stay far away in order to not get in the way of the game.
  3. Good sportsmanship is a must
  4. Only registered players may play
  5. A coach or parent must stay with the players that are not in the game.  They must be at least 3ft away from the boundary


U4: Soccer ball size 3
U6: Soccer ball size 3
U8: Soccer ball size 4
U10: Soccer ball size 4
U13: Soccer ball size 5


  1. U4:  6v6
  2. U6:  6v6 
  3. U8:  7v7 
  4. U10:  8v8 
  5. U13:  8v8


U4:  No
U6:  Yes
U8:  Yes
U10:  Yes
U13:  Yes


  1. Games have two 20-minute halves.  There is a 5 minute halftime in between the halves.
  2. Each team will have three 1-minute timeouts per game.
  3. Games end 50 minutes after the scheduled start time.
  4. U4, U6, & U8 divisions are coach officiated. U10 & U13 will officiated by a league provided referee.
  5. Games start with a kickoff by the visiting team.
  6. Number of players fielded can be adjusted by coaches if a different number is agreed upon before each game.  This is helpful when teams are too large or too small.
  7. No sliding whatsoever.  The ground is hard and injuries will occur.
  8. Substitutions allowed during dead balls
  9. Free kicks are awarded
  10. Offsides enforced in the U10 and U13 division
  11. Headers are allowed but not at goal


  • If the game results in a tie, there will be a 5 vs 5 player shootout to determine the winner