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U-8 SAY:

Rules and Rule deviations:  


  • Play will be 6v6, (5 field players and a goalie).  Goalie must have a pinnie or different color shirt. 


  • Length of play is four 8 minute quarters. There will be a 2 min break between quarters and a 5 minute half time.


  • Size 3 ball


  • Each player must play 50% of the game minimum. 


  • Slide tackles are NOT permitted in any level of rec soccer.


  • Throw in’s – Bad throws will have unlimited instructional re-do.


  • Substitutions – Substitutions will be at the end of the quarter to start the new quarter.    

U-10 SAY:

 Rules and Rule deviations:  


  • Play will be 7v7, (6 field players and a goalie).  Goalie must have a pinnie or different color shirt. 

  • Length of play is four 10 minute quarters.  There will be a 2 min break between quarters and a 5 minute half time.

  • Size 4 ball, field size approx. 40 yards by 60 yards.

  • Each player must play 50% of the game minimum. 

  • Refs will only be able to issue Yellow cards, there will be no Red cards used.  Cards should only be given for a violent, intent to injure offense.  

  • PK’s will apply for violations in the box.   

  • Slide tackles are NOT permitted in any level of rec soccer.

  • Throw in’s – Bad throws will have one instructional re-do.

  • The offside rule is in affect:  Referees will be instructed to call only clear infractions.

  • Substitutions – Substitutions will be at the end of the quarter to start the new quarter.  


Explanation Of Terms

Kickoff—There is a kickoff at the middle of the field at a designated “X”
to start each quarter. In addition, there is a kickoff after each goal. The ball can be
kicked to a team mate and does not have to be kicked to the other team.

Center Circle
—Around the “X” spot for a kickoff, there is a circle that has
a five (5) yard radius. Players that are on the team not kicking off, have to stay outside
that circle they choose, on their half of the field.

—The positions generally describe the type of responsibilities
that a player has, but the rules do not limit where a player may go based upon what
his/her position is. The halfway line does not restrict where a player can go.

Goalkeeper—The goalkeeper is identified by having a different color
jersey. Frequently, coaches rotate goalkeepers, but there is no rule as to how many
quarters a player plays a goalkeeper. A goalkeeper may use his/her hands to pick up
the ball or stop the ball as long as the goalkeeper is inside the large box that it marked
out on the field. This large box is referred to as the “penalty area”.

Fouls—Pushing, holding, tripping, kicking an opponent, reckless charging,
or intentionally using the hands or arms (hand ball) are fouls and will result in the
referee blowing his/her whistle. When there is a foul, the ball is awarded to the
opposite team and they are given the right to take a free kick from where the foul

 Free Kick—For a free kick the ball is placed on the ground and no
opposing player can be within five (5) yards (regular soccer it is ten (10) yards) of the
ball. Any player can take a free kick, and not just the person who was fouled.

Out-of-Bounds—The ball is in play until it is wholly across the touchline
(sideline) or the goal line. If a ball that is on the line, it is considered to be in-bounds
and is still in play.

Throw-In—When a ball goes across the touchline (sideline), it is put
back into play by a throw-in. A throw-in is delivered by having the ball released by
both hands over and behind the head. At the time the ball is thrown in, both feet must
be on the ground, either on the touchline (side line) or behind the line.

"Bad” Throw-In—A throw-in where the player does not deliver the ball
properly by having both feet on the ground and be releasing the ball above his/her
head using both hands equally, is considered to be a “bad throw-in”. In U8/U10,
we award a second throw-in, but in upper level soccer, a “bad” throw-in results in
giving the ball to the other team for them to throw it in.

Dangerous Play
—A dangerous play is a foul that is called when a player
does something that could harm another player. A “typical” dangerous play is when a
player kicks his foot up high, generally above waist level, with other players around.
Kicking dangerously at the ball when lying on the ground can be a dangerous play also.
A dangerous play results in the referee giving a free kick to the other team.

Slide Tackle—Sliding down on the ground in order to take the ball away
from someone else is referred to a slide tackle. In this age group, slide tackles are
prohibited because they are considered too dangerous.

Offsides—You are offside when you are on the opponent's side of the field and you don't have either the ball or two players from the other team between you and the goal, the goalkeeper counts as one of the two players. You are not offside if you are even with either or both of the two players.
Offside position versus offside offense One thing to know is that just because you are offside, it doesn't mean you get a penalty. If you are just standing offside, that is generally okay. If you are standing offside and then get involved in the play, then that is an offside offense. 

Goal Kick
—When the attaching team kicks the ball across the goal line
(end line), but not in the goal, it results in the opposing team having the right to put
the ball back in play by taking a goal kick. A goal kick is placed on the ground and is
kicked from the area that is marked out on the field, referred to as the “goal area”. It
is the smaller box and is inside the larger box that is referred to as the “penalty area”.
The ball is not in play for a goal kick until it clears the penalty area.

Corner Kick—When the defending team kicks the ball across its own goal
line (but not in the goal), it results in the attaching team having a corner kick. A corner
kick is taken from the corner of the field closest to the goal where the ball went out-ofbounds.
The ball is in play as soon as it is kicked onto the field.

Penalty Kick—In U10 an older age groups, if there is a foul committed inside the
penalty area, the team with the ball that is fouled gets a penalty kick. In U-8 age
group, we do not have penalty kicks.

Double Touch—For kickoffs, throws, goal kicks, corner kicks and free
kicks, the ball must be touched by another player (from either team) before it can be
played by the player who first played the ball. At this age group, frequently we do not
enforce this requirement and if we do, generally the kick is retaken.

Yellow Card and Red Card—
It is extremely rare that a yellow card or
red card would be given to a player at younger age groups. They are given for very serious
fouls, generally at higher level soccer. Yellow cards are given for serious fouls or
dissent. Two yellow cards results in a red card and the player is then expelled from
the game with the team playing one player “short” for the remainder of the game. A
very serious foul can result in an immediate red card without there first being a yellow
card. A player who commits persistent, repetitive fouls can receive a yellow card even
if the separate individual fouls are not that serious.

Yelling at the Referee
—The Clearfield Soccer Association has a strong
policy prohibiting parents or coaches from yelling at the referee. In most cases, the
referees at this age group are youth referees and they really do not like to be yelled at.
Their parents do not like that either.

No Appeals or Protest
—There are no appeals or protests from the
decisions of a referee in soccer.

Three Goal Rule—In U8/U10 no player may score more than 3 goals in one game.
Generally players who score three goals are instructed to play a more defensive position
in the field or to play goalie.

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