U8 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 12 foot radius is marked around it. Goal box is 24 feet wide and 9 feet from goal line.

Law 2 – The Ball:

Size three (3).

Law 3-Team size:

Minimum players 6, maximum players 8

Law 4-Number of Players

A match is played by two teams, each consisting of four players (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 then add another player once the score gets back under these parameters you must take the extra player back off. (ex. when the score gets back to down 7 you must take one of the extra players off and when it gets to down four you must go back to regulation 4 players.)

Law 5-Substitutions

At any stoppage of play and unlimited with referee acknowledgment.

Law 6-Playing time

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

Law 7-The Players’ Equipment

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

Law 8-The Referee

One official (Grade 9 referee) may be used. All infringements shall be briefly explained to the offending player.

The Assistant Referees: None.

Law 9-The Duration of the Match

The match shall be divided into two 25 minute halves. There shall be a 5minute halftime break.

Law 10-Play

The start and restart of Kick offs should be taken at the beginning of each game, the beginning of each half, 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. Scores on kick offs with no other player touching the ball are no good and opposing team takes a goal kick. When the ball is across the half line all players on both teams should be at least at the half line. If all offensive players are not at least to the half line when the team scores, the goal will be waived off and the other team gets a goal kick. There are no goalkeepers. No coaches on the field during 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 goal line.

Law 13-Offside


Law 14-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.

Law 15-Free Kicks

Kicks are direct with the exception of the kick-off which is indirect (another player must touch the ball before scoring) and all opponents are at least four (4) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 16-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 throw ins. Throw ins are indirect ins. Throw ins are INDIRECT (someone has to touch the ball before it can score)

Law 17-The Goal Kick

Kick may be taken from anywhere on the 4 yard box. Ball may not be touched by another player until it leaves the penalty area. If another player touches the ball prior to leaving the box it results in a re-kick. The player taking the kick has one touch, and may not touch the ball again until another field player has touched the ball.

Law 18-The Corner Kick

Corner kicks are taken when the ball crosses the defensive teams’ 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 four yards away from ball until it is played.

** There will be no slide tackling allowed, players must stay on their feet