League Format by Age Bracket

Age, Format, Field Dimensions, Ball Size, Length

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Under 10 Rules of the Game

U10 Rules of the Game

Law 1: Field of Play

Dimensions: The field of play must be rectangular. The length of the touchline must be greater than the length of the goal line. 

○ Length: 65-85 yards 

○ Width: 45-55 yards 

Field Markings:Lines must be distinct. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The center mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 8 yards should be marked around it.

The Goal Area: none

The Penalty Area: 12 yards out from the goal line and 24 yards wide

●  Flagposts: Corner flags or cones 

The Corner Arc: yes

Goals: Goals must be placed on the center of each goal line. Allowed sizes vary from a futsal goal (2m x 3m) to 6.5’ x 18’ goals.

Safety: Goals must be anchored securely to the ground. Portable goals may only be used if they satisfy this requirement. 


Law 2: The Ball

● Size four (4) ball


Law 3: The Number of Players

● A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than five (5) players, one of which is a goalkeeper.  

● Substitutions: At any stoppage of play and unlimited. 

A team cannot lead by more than 5 goals. When a team is leading by 5 goals, the team’s score is frozen until after the opponents score. Any team trailing by 5 goals may add an extra player until their side scores.

● A player who is suspected to have a head injury leaves the field of play for additional evaluation; a substitution can be made in that moment. 

● Playing time: Each player SHALL play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time. It is the coach’s responsibility to enforce this rule. Teams and matches may be coed. 

● The maximum team roster size is ten (10).


Law 4: The Players Equipment

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game. Non-uniform clothing is allowed based on weather conditions, but uniforms must distinguish teams. 

● Shinguards are MANDATORY for both practices and games and must be covered entirely by socks. If needed, teams can be distinguished by scrimmage vests. 

● Safety: A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry; with the exception of a medical alert bracelet).


Law 5: The Referee

● U.S. Soccer certification of Grade 9 is preferred, but not necessary. 


Law 6: The Other Match Officials

● None

● Optional: use assistant referees if available. It is also permissible to use club linesmen/women (parents) to signal ball out of play only.


Law 7: Duration of the Match

● The match shall be divided into two (2) equal halves of 25 minutes each.

● There is a 5-minute half-time interval. 

● No added time at the end of either half. 


Law 8: Start and Restart of Play

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game, with the exception that the defending team is at least eight (8) yards from the ball until it is in play. 


Law 9: The ball In and Out of Play

● Conforms to the FIFA Laws of the Game


Law 10: The Method of Scoring

● Conforms to the FIFA Laws of the Game

A team cannot lead by more than 5 goals. When a team is leading by 5 goals, the team’s score is frozen until after the opponents score. 


Law 11: Offside

● None


Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game with the exception that an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team at the spot of the offense if a goalkeeper punts or drop-kicks the ball (punting and drop kicking is not allowed). If the punt 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. 

Deliberate heading is not allowed.When 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 point nearest to where the infringement occurred. 


Law 13: Free Kicks

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game with the exception that all fall opponents are to be at least eight (8) yards from the ball until it is kicked. 


Law 14: The Penalty Kick

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game with the exception that the penalty mark is 10 yard from the goal line


Law 15: The Throw-in

Throw-in or pass-in is acceptable; otherwise conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game. Opposing players are to be at least three (3) yards from the ball until it is kicked for pass-in. Pass-in is indirect.


Law 16: The Goal Kick

● The goal kick shall be taken anywhere within five (5) yards of the goal. 


Law 17: The Corner Kick

Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game with the exception that opponents remain at least 8 yards from the ball until it is kicked.  

Under 12-18 Rules of the Game

Law 1: Field of Play

Dimensions: The field of play must be rectangular. The length of the touchline must be greater than the length of the goal line. 

○ Length: 65 - 80 yards 

○ Width: 45 - 55 yards 

Field Markings:Lines must be distinct. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The center mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 8 yards should be marked around it.

The Goal Area:5 yards out from the goal line x 16 yards wide. 

The Penalty Area: 14 yards out from the goal line and 36 yards wide. Within each penalty area a penalty mark is made 10 yards from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them.

●  Flagposts: Corner flags or cones 

The Corner Arc: yes

Goals: Goals must be placed on the center of each goal line. Allowed sizes vary from 6.5’ x 18’ goals to full size goals.

Safety: Goals must be anchored securely to the ground. Portable goals may only be used if they satisfy this requirement. 


Law 2: The Ball

● Size four ball for u12; size five for u14 & u18.


Law 3: The Number of Players

● A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than seven (7) players, one of which is a goalkeeper. 

A team cannot lead by more than 5 goals. When a team is leading by 5 goals, the team’s score is frozen until after the opponents score. Any team trailing by 5 goals may add an extra player until their side scores.

● Substitutions: At any stoppage of play and unlimited. 

● A player who is suspected to have a head injury leaves the field of play for additional evaluation, a substitution can be made in that moment. 

● The maximum team roster size is 15; recommended size of 12 or fewer.


Law 4: The Players Equipment

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game. 

● Shinguards are MANDATORY for both practices and games, and must be covered entirely by socks. If needed, teams can be distinguished by scrimmage vests. 

● Safety: A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry; with the exception of a medical alert bracelet).


Law 5: The Referee

● U.S. Soccer certification of Grade 9 is preferred, but not necessary. 


Law 6: The Other Match Officials

● use assistant referees if available. It is also permissible to use club linesmen/women (parents) to signal ball out of play only.


Law 7: Duration of the Match

● The match shall be divided into two (2) equal halves of 30 (u12), 35 (u14) or 40 (u18) minutes each.

● There is a 10 minute half-time interval. 

● No added time at the end of either half. 


Law 8: Start and Restart of Play

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game


Law 9: The ball In and Out of Play

● Conforms to the FIFA Laws of the Game


Law 10: The Method of Scoring

● Conforms to the FIFA Laws of the Game


Law 11: Offside

● Conforms to the FIFA Laws of the Game


Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game 


Law 13: Free Kicks

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game 


Law 14: The Penalty Kick

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game 


Law 15: The Throw-in

● Conforms to the FIFA Laws of the Game 


Law 16: The Goal Kick

● Conforms to the FIFA Laws of the Game


Law 17: The Corner Kick

● Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game