Regulations

U9 – U12 Mini Soccer is based on the official FIFA Laws of the Game, which can be downloaded from this link. Major variations from the Laws are highlighted below.

U9 – U10:

  • 2 games per week, and 1 practice session per week
  • Referees provided by PGYSA – no Assistant Referees used
  • Games are 7 v 7, including a designated goalkeeper. All players are encouraged to try out as goalkeepers.
  • Two 25 minute halves, with a five minute interval
  • Size 4 ball is used
  • Variations from FIFA Laws:
    • No offside
    • No direct free-kicks
    • Defending players retreat 6m at free-kicks
    • Foul throws can be retaken
    • Substitutions are unlimited.

RETREAT LINES: 2014 Season – Players are introduced to a new rule in the U9/10 Division
Please click HERE to learn more about the Retreat Line Rules.

U11 – U12:

  • 2 games per week, and 1 practice session per week
  • Referees and Assistant Referees provided by PGYSA
  • Games are 8 v 8, including a designated goalkeeper.
  • Games played on regulation size Super 8 fields
  • Introduction of Goal Area as well as Penalty Area
  • Two 25 minute halves, with a five minute interval
  • Size 4 ball is used
  • Introduction of offside, direct free kicks and foul throw law
  • Variations from FIFA Laws:
    • Defending players retreat 6m at free-kicks.
    • Substitutions are unlimited.

8 vs/ 8 Offside Rules: 2014 Season – Players are introduced to a new rule in the U11/12 Division
Please click HERE to learn more about the 8 vs/ 8 Offside Rules.

Teams will be made as equal as possible, based on age and experience.

Players are given equal playing time with no child playing less than 50% of a game.

Games will end on time, even if they begin late, in order to keep the whole day’s schedule from over-running.


NOTES FOR COACHES OF MINI SOCCER TEAMS:

Players must wear shinguards and appropriate footwear. Jewelry is not permitted, and must be removed.

At the end of practices and games, coaches are responsible for any equipment left on the fields (balls, cones, etc).

Players are encouraged to put garbage in the cans provided and to take all their belongings home with them.

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