South End Soccer

Coaching REsources - Rules of the Game

U8 Game Rules

  • Four 8 min. quarters, 2 min break end quarter, 5 min. break at half (subs in stop-ages, everyone needs to play)
  • 4 v 4 with no goalie,  Size 3 ball
  • Field size approx. 25x35y, goal 5y wide @ center of each end
  • No scores kept
  • No off-sides , NO heading, No goalie
  • Yes for corner kicks, goal kicks, & throw-ins, and allow do-over if needed with instruction by coach/ref
  • All fouls shall result in a direct free kick.  Examples of fouls are handballs, pushing, tripping, grabbing, rough play
  • Referee/coach/parent must explain ALL infringements to the offending player. No cards shown for misconduct. If a child is being too rambunctious/exhibiting unsportsman-like conduct then the game official will ask the coach to make a substitution of that player to give the child a chance to calm down before returning to play.
  • Suggestion for time keep & ref. – coach from one team is time keeper and coach from other team is ref (maybe rotate at half)
  • Officiating should be flexible & patient, and that time keeping runs continuously thru the period – there are no time stoppages other than the designated periods or added time at the end of the game
  • Opposing coaches, players and parents should shake hands after each match​


U10 Game Rules

  • Two 25min halves, 5-10 min. break at half (subs at any stoppages, everyone needs to play)
  • 7 v 7 including goalie,  Size 4 ball
  • Field size approx. 35x55y,  goal 5y wide @ center of each end
  • Yes scores kept , but no record/standings will be kept.
  • No off-sides ; NO heading, yes goalie
  • Yes for corner kicks, goal kicks, & throw-ins
  • All fouls shall result in a direct free kick. Examples of fouls are handballs, pushing, tripping, grabbing, rough play
  • Referee/coach/parent must explain ALL infringements to the offending player. No cards shown for misconduct. If a child is being too rambunctious/exhibiting unsportsman-like conduct then the game official will ask the coach to make a substitution of that player to give the child a chance to calm down before returning to play.
  • Referees: officiating should be flexible & patient, and that time keeping runs continuously thru the period – there are no time stoppages other than the designated periods or added time at the end of the game
  • Opposing coaches, players and parents should shake hands after each match


U12 Game Rules

  • Two 30min halves, 5-10 min. break at half (subs at any stoppages, everyone needs to play)
  • 9 v 9 including goalie, size 4 ball with off-sides (as needed for player turnout, games may be 6v6 with no off-sides)
  • Field size approx. Length: minimum 70 yards maximum 80 yards
  • Width: minimum 45 yards maximum 55 yards
  • Yes scores kept, but no record/standings will be kept
  • Yes to Off-sides,  NO heading, yes goalie
  • Yes for corner kicks, goal kicks, & throw-ins
  • All fouls shall result in a direct free kick. Examples of fouls are handballs, pushing, tripping, grabbing, rough play
  • Referee/coach/parent must explain ALL infringements to the offending player. No cards shown for misconduct. If a child is being too rambunctious/exhibiting unsportsman-like conduct then the game official will ask the coach to make a substitution of that player to give the child a chance to calm down before returning to play.
  • Referees: officiating should be flexible & patient, and that time keeping runs continuously thru the period – there are no time stoppages other than the designated periods or added time at the end of the game
  • Opposing coaches, players and parents should shake hands after each match


Source: http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/coaches/SmallSidedGames/

Modified Rules of the Game for South End Soccer Recreational Games 

Game Rules (as of Sept. 18 2016)