U10 Rules

Playing Format: 6v6

Law 1-Field of Play:

Approx. Length -- minimum 60 yards maximum 70 yards

Approx. Width – minimum 35 yards maximum 45 yards

The Penalty Area:

A penalty area is defined at each end of the field as follows: Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, ten (10) yards from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of ten (10) yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the penalty area. Within each penalty area a penalty mark is made eight (8) yards from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them. An arc of a circle with a radius of eight (8) yards from each penalty mark is drawn outside the penalty area.

The Corner Arc:

Conform to FIFA.

Law 2-The Ball

Size four (4)

Law 3-The Number of Players

A match is played by two teams, each consisting of six players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than five (5) players. If a team gets down by five goals they may add a player, if they get down by eight they may add another. When the score differential gets back under those numbers they must take extra player back off.

Law 4-Substitutions

At any stoppage of play and unlimited with referee acknowledgement.

Law 5-Playing time

Each player SHALL play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time.

Law 6-The Players’ Equipment

Shin guards, soccer cleats with no toe cleat. No jewelry. Newly pierced ears must have tape over them.

Law 7-The Referee

One Grade 9 Registered referee required.

Law 8-The Assistant Referees

Not required.

Law 9-The Duration of the Match

The match shall be divided into two (2) equal halves of twenty-five (25) minutes each. There shall be a half-time interval of five (5) minutes.

Law 10-The Start and Restart of Play

Kickoffs should be taken at the beginning of each game, the beginning of each half or after a goal is scored. The ball is placed on the midline in the center of the center circle. The player taking the kick has one touch, and may not touch the ball again until another player on the field touches the ball.

Law 11-The Ball In and Out of Play

 Whole ball must cross the line. Start with a throw in on the sidelines and corner kick or goal kick on the end lines.

Law 12-The Method of Scoring

Whole ball must cross the line.

Law 13-Offside

 None.

Law 14-Fouls and Misconduct

Conform to FIFA.

Law 15-Free Kicks

Conform to FIFA with the exceptions that all opponents are at least eight (8) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 16-The Penalty Kick

Conform to FIFA with the exception that the penalty mark is made eight (8) yards from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them.

Law 17-The Throw in

Throw ins are taken when the ball goes out of play off of the opposing team over the sidelines. The throw in will be taken where the ball travelled over the line. The player throwing the ball needs to have both feet on the ground and use both hands to throw the ball over his head. The throwing player cannot touch the ball again until another player on the field touches the ball. Throw ins are INDIRECT (someone has to touch the ball before it can score).

Law 18-The Goal Kick

The goal kick should be taken anywhere within the small goal box. Opposing players must be behind the build out line. The ball must leave the penalty area to be in play. The player taking the kick has one touch, and may not touch the ball again until another field player has touched the ball.

Law 19-The Corner Kick

Corner kicks are taken when the ball crosses the defensive team end line and was last touched by the defensive team. The corner kick will be taken from the corner on the side of the goal where the ball went entirely over the end line. The player taking the corner kick has one touch and may not touch the ball again until another player touches the ball. Defending team must be eight yards away from ball until it is played.

Law 20-The Build out Line

Once the goalkeeper posses the ball all players from the opposing team must move behind the build out line. If the goalkeeper does not give adequate time for the opposing team to retrieve behind the build out line or places the ball on the ground it is a live ball.

There will be no slide tackling allowed, players must stay on their feet. There is NO punting in this division. All goalkeepers must either throw, roll, or kick pass the ball after possession. Again if the goalie sets the ball down for a kick pass the ball becomes live at that point and the opposing team can pursue.