U4 & U6 Rules

TCSA follows the guidelines set out by USYSA, our governing body for Youth soccer in the United States.

Law 1 - The Field of Play

Approx. Dimensions

Length: 30 yards

Width: 20 yards

Field Markings:

Distinctive lines not more than (5) inches wide. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The center mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a 9 foot radius is marked around it. Goal box is 18 feet wide and 6 feet from goal line.

Law 2 - The Ball

Size three (3).

Law 3 - The Number of Players

A match is played by two teams, each consisting of three players. There are NO goalkeepers. When a team gets behind by 5 goals they may add one player to give them numbers up, if the team gets down by 8 they may add another player. Once the score gets back under the same parameters you must take the extra player(s) back off. (ex. When the score gets back to 7 to take one extra player off , when it gets back to within 4 return to the regulation 3 players). Substitutions: At any stoppage of play and unlimited with referee acknowledgment. Playing time: Each player SHALL play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time. Teams and matches may be coed.

Law 4 - The Players Equipment:

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

Law 5 - The Referee

One official for U6 games. Only one coach for each team allowed on the field for the entirety of the game.

The Assistant Referees: None.

Law 6 - The Duration of the Match

The match shall be divided into four (4) equal, eight (8) minute quarters. There shall be a two (2) minute break between quarters one and two and another two (2) minute break between quarters three and four. There shall be a half-time interval of five (5) minutes.

Law 7 - The Start and Restart of Play

Kick offs should be taken at the beginning of each game, the beginning of each quarter, or after a goal is scored. The ball is placed in 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 8 - The Ball In and Out of Play

Whole ball must cross the line.

Law 9 - The Method of Scoring

Whole ball must cross the line

Law 10 - Off side


Law 11 - Fouls and Misconduct

The referee/coach/parent must explain ALL infringements to the offending player. No cards shown for misconduct. Reminder: there are no slide tackles. Only one coach allowed on the field at a time. Coaches are not allowed to pick players up and move them to their desired spots.

Law 12 - Free Kicks

Conform to FIFA with the exceptions that all free kicks are direct and all opponents are at least four (4) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 13 – The Penalty Kick


Law 14 - 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 traveled 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. Allow one ‘Do Over’ for players when attempting throwins. Throw ins are INDIRECT (someone has to touch the ball before it can score)

Law 15 -The Goal Kick

The goal kick should be taken on the goal line anywhere across the width of the field of play at the nearest point from where the ball was retrieved. Opposing players must be four (4) yards away from the ball until it is in play.

Law 16 - 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.

**There will be no slide tackling allowed