U12 Rules

Playing Format: 8v8

Law 1-Field of Play:

Approx. Length -- minimum 70 yards maximum 80 yards

Approx. Width – minimum 45 yards maximum 55 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, fourteen (14) yards from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of fourteen (14) 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 ten (10) 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 eight 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

A sub can only occur on a teams throw in or any goal kick with the referee's consent. Substitutions are NOT allowed on corner kicks or free kicks. If one team sub's during their throw in the other team may sub only if the throwing team sub's first.

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 8 Registered referee required.

Law 8-The Assistant Referees

Two registered referee or club linesmen required.

Law 9-The Duration of the Match

The match shall be divided into two (2) equal halves of thirty (30) 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. Opposing team must be at least eight (8) yards from the ball until in play.

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

Conform to FIFA.

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.

Law 18-The Goal Kick

The goal kick should be taken anywhere within the small goal box. Opposing players must be outside the penalty area. 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 (8) yards away from ball until it is played