Rule Modifications

Rule Modifications for Recreational Teams

The following are rule modifications for any sanctioned game for the following age group and restrictions played at Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex.

Listed are only the modifications, or changes, to the specific rule/topic stated.

All other rules not modified or stated will follow the normal rules of competition governed by NFYSL, FYSA, USYSA, USSF and FIFA.

Updated May 2018

Field
Reduced field and goal dimensions

Ball
Size 3

Players
3 per side (minimum 2 to avoid forfeit) for U5 players. No Goalkeeper. 
4 per side (minimum 3 to avoid forfeit) for U6 players. No Goalkeeper.

Duration
There are four 8-minute playing periods with approximately 2 minute breaks between each quarter. 
The coach should make sure that no one player should play 4 periods until everyone has played three.

Equipment
Soft-cleated soccer shoes or tennis shoes (baseball cleats are not permitted unless the toe cleats are cut off). 
Shin Guards – MANDATORY for both practices and games. 
NO JEWELRY.

Substitutions
When the ball is out of play and at each quarter break.

Free-kicks
All Kicks and Restarts (including Free-Kicks, Kick-Off’s and Goal-Kicks) are considered INDIRECT with the exception of Corner Kicks, which will be considered a DIRECT Kick.

No Offside

No Throw Ins – Only Kick Ins 

  • If ball goes over goal line for a goal kick, ball is placed in goal area to be kicked. This provides a good teaching tool for players so they understand field markings as they progress to older age groups.
  • The only function of having a goal area marked is for goal kicks. Coaches shall not allow or instruct their players to goal-tend and should instruct their players to “stay connected” with the flow of the game.
  • If a player is considered to be goal tending or standing in the goal area, the referee should FIRST warn the COACH of the team that is goal tending. If this type of play continues, the other team should be awarded an indirect free kick at the top of the box.

Referee should emphasize:

  • Fun
  • Fairness
  • Safety
  • Learning

Field clarification

Removal of the “no-entry” zone in front of the goals. With the removal of the no-entry zone, Coaches shall not allow or instruct their players to goal-tend and should instruct their players to “stay connected” with the flow of the game.

**Referee should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and help players with instructions.

Field
Reduced field and goal dimensions

Ball
Size 3

Players
6 a side (minimum of 5 to avoid forfeit)

Duration
25 minute halves with mandatory hydration break mid-way through half. 
5-minute half time.

Equipment 
Soccer cleats or tennis shoes. 
Shin guards – MANDATORY for both practices and games. 
NO JEWELRY.

Substitutions
Prior to throw-in, in your favor 
Prior to goal kick by either team 
After a goal by either team 
At half time 
At referee’s discretion

Free-kicks
All Kicks and Restarts (including Free-Kicks, Kick-Off’s and Goal-Kicks) are considered INDIRECT with the exception of Corner Kicks, which will be considered a DIRECT Kick.

No offside

Field
Reduced field and goal dimensions

Build out line

Ball
Size 4

Players 
7 a side (minimum of 5 to avoid forfeit)

Duration
25 minute halves with mandatory hydration bread mid-way through half 
5-minute half time

Equipment 
Soccer cleats or tennis shoes 
Shin guards – Mandatory for both practices and games 
NO JEWELRY

Substitutions
Prior to throw-in, in your favor 
Prior to goal kick by either team 
After a goal by either team 
At half time 
At referee’s discretion

Free Kicks 
All standard indirect free kick and direct free kick rules apply

Offside

Offside infraction at the U9/U10 age can only take place between the build out line and the goal line.

During a sanctioned game when only One (1) Referee is used, the Referee shall call OFFSIDE to any player they deem in a “blatant off-side position” (that is, a player who is “cherry picking”).

The Referee shall RESTRAIN from calling off-side if the player moves into an off-side position “within the course of the play” or is in a “reasonable distance or position” from the ball.

Field
Reduced field and goal dimensions

Ball 
Size 4

Players
9 a side (minimum of 6 to avoid forfeit) 

Duration
30 minute halves with mandatory hydration break mid-way through half 
7-minute half time

Equipment
Soccer cleats or tennis shoes 
Shin guards – Mandatory for both practices and games 
NO JEWELRY

Substitutions
Prior to throw-in, in your favor 
Prior to goal kick by either team 
After a goal by either team 
At half time 
At referee’s discretion

Free Kicks
Direct and indirect free kicks will be awarded

Offside
Standard offside infractions apply

Heading
No heading

Ball 
Size 5

Players
11 a side (minimum of 7 to avoid forfeit)

Duration 
35 minute halves with mandatory hydration break mid-way through half 
7-minute half time

Equipment
Soccer cleats or tennis shoes 
Shin guards – Mandatory for both practices and games 
NO JEWELRY

Substitutions 
Prior to throw-in, in your favor 
Prior to goal kick by either team 
After a goal by either team 
At half time 
At referee’s discretion

Free Kicks
All standard indirect free kick and direct free kick rules apply

Offside
Standard offside infractions apply

Ball 
Size 5

Players
11 a side (minimum of 7 to avoid forfeit)

Duration 
40 minute halves with mandatory hydration break mid-way through half 
7-minute half time

Equipment 
Soccer cleats or tennis shoes 
Shin guards – Mandatory for both practices and games 
NO JEWELRY

Substitutions 
Prior to throw-in, in your favor 
Prior to goal kick by either team 
After a goal by either team 
At half time 
At referee’s discretion

Free Kicks
All standard indirect free kick and direct free kick rules apply

Offside
Standard offside infractions apply

Coaching Guidelines for All Age Groups

The following coaching guidelines apply to ALL United Soccer AllianceRecreation Program Teams U5-U19 and shall be enforceable by the Game Referee(s), Field Marshall, the Club’s Director of Coaching, CRT, BOD Member or Employee.

  1. ALL Coaches on the Coaches’ sideline shall be on the official game roster, have a valid and current Coaches Pass (when applicable) and have an “approved” FYSA Risk Management Status.
  2. There shall be only TWO (2) Coaches allowed on the Coaches’ sideline.
  3. Of the two Coaches on the Coaches’ sideline, only ONE (1) shall be permitted to stand and “coach the players” while the game is in progress.
  4. Coaches shall remain in the Coaches’ Technical Area, if such area is provided (defined) at their respected field.
  5. Failure to adhere to the coaching guidelines shall result in disciplinary action administered by the CCSC Director of Coaching.
Age Group U5/U6 rec U7/U8 Academy/Rec U10 Academy/Rec U9/U10 Travel
# of players U5: 3v3, U6: 4v4 6, incl GK 6, incl GK 6, incl GK
Game length Four 7 1/2 min. playing periods, w/2min. Breaks between 2 x 25, 5 min half 2 x 25, 5 min half 2 x 25, 5 min half
passes (must be laminated) Roster only Roster only Roster only Passes and Roster
Ball size 3 3 4 4
Encroachment 3 yds 5 yds 8 yds 8 yds
PK none none 8 yds 8 yds
Offside no no yes yes
Ref/AR Center Only Center only yes yes
subs any stoppage with ref permission any stoppage with ref permission any stoppage with ref permission any stoppage with ref permission
Water breaks mandatory  mandatory mandatory mandatory
fouls All restarts are IFK All restarts are IFK with exception of corners all IFK and DFK rules apply all IFK and DFK rules apply
coaches must be on roster must be on roster must be on roster must have laminated pass
Red Card Reports Send to Chris Kenney: [email protected]                     Mary Barth: [email protected]        Matt Hollyoak: [email protected] Send to Chris Kenney: [email protected]                     Mary Barth: [email protected]        Matt Hollyoak: [email protected] Send to Chris Kenney: [email protected]                     Mary Barth: [email protected]        Matt Hollyoak: [email protected] Send to Chris Kenney: [email protected]                     Mary Barth: [email protected]        Matt Hollyoak: [email protected]
Substitions Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Age GroupU5/U6 recU7/U8 Academy/Rec
# of playersU5: 3v3, U6: 4v46, incl GK
Game lengthFour 7 1/2 min. playing periods, w/2min. Breaks between2 x 25, 5 min half
passes (must be laminated)Roster onlyRoster only
Ball size33
Encroachment3 yds5 yds
PKnonenone
Offsidenono
Ref/ARCenter OnlyCenter only
subsany stoppage with ref permissionany stoppage with ref permission
Water breaksmandatory mandatory
foulsAll restarts are IFKAll restarts are IFK with exception of corners
coachesmust be on rostermust be on roster
SubstitionsUnlimitedUnlimited
Red Card ReportsFor all groups, send to:
Chris Kenney: [email protected]
Mary Barth: [email protected]
Matt Hollyoak: [email protected]
Age GroupU10 Academy/RecU9/U10 Travel
# of players6, incl GK6, incl GK
Game length2 x 25, 5 min half2 x 25, 5 min half
passes (must be laminated)Roster onlyPasses and Roster
Ball size44
Encroachment8 yds8 yds
PK8 yds8 yds
Offsideyesyes
Ref/ARyesyes
subsany stoppage with ref permissionany stoppage with ref permission
Water breaksmandatorymandatory
foulsall IFK and DFK rules applyall IFK and DFK rules apply
coachesmust be on rostermust have laminated pass
SubstitionsUnlimitedUnlimited
Red Card Reports

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