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U10 Region Specific Laws

3rd & 4th Grade

A. THE FIELD

  1. Dimensions: Maximum 80 yards long by 40 yards wide (80 yds x 40 yards)
  2. Markings: Distinctive lines recommended.
    1. Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal lines
    2. Center circle with a eight (8) yard radius in the center of the field
    3. Corner arcs with a one (1) yard radius at each corner of the field
    4. Goal area in front of each goal measuring six (6) yards by 15 yards (6 yds x 15 yds)
    5. Penalty area in front of each goal measuring 14 yards by 36 yards (14 yds x 36 yds)
    6. Penalty mark 10 yards from the goal line
    7. Penalty arc extending in an eight (8) yard radius from the penalty mark
  3. Goals: Maximum 7 feet high by 7 yards wide (7 ft x 7yds)

B. THE BALL

bulletSize four (4)

C. NUMBER OF PLAYERS

  1. Maximum number of players on the field at any time: seven (7); one of whom may be a goalkeeper
  2. Maximum number of players on roster not to exceed 10
  3. Substitutions: Between periods and at halftime
  4. Playing time: Minimum of 75% of the total playing time for each player, if possible. No one should play four periods until everyone has played three periods
  5. No co-ed teams. Separate girls teams should be promoted at this level of play

D. PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT:

bulletFootwear: Tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes
bulletShinguards: MANDATORY for both practices and games

E. REFEREE:

  1. The referee could be either a:
    1. registered referee
    2. trained youth referee
  2. Referees should emphasize:
    1. fun
    2. fairness
    3. safety
    4. learning
bulletReferee decisions are final and must not be questioned by coaches

F. ASSISTANT REFEREES

bulletParents may be used

G. DURATION OF GAME:

  1. Total Playing time is fifty (50) minutes - consisting of two 25 minutes halves, with a one minute break midway through each for substitutions.
  2. Halftime break of five to ten minutes.

H. THE START OF PLAY:

No change from regular play except that opponents must be eight (8) yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

I. BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY:

No change from regular play

J. METHOD OF SCORING

No change from regular play

K. OFFSIDE

No change from regular play

L. FOULS & MISCONDUCT

  1. No change from regular play
  2. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs. Do not show yellow or red cards

M. FREE KICKS

No change from regular play except that opponents must retreat eight (8) yards from the ball during opponents' free kicks

N. PENALTY KICKS

No change from regular play except that opponents must be outside the penalty area and eight (8) yards from the ball before a kick is allowed

O. THROW-IN

No change from regular play

P. GOAL KICK

No change from regular play

Q. CORNER KICK

No change from regular play, except that opponents must be eight (8) yards from the ball

ALSO:

  1. Region standings are not recorded
  2. Game scores are not posted
  3. Parents, coaches, and players from both teams
    exchange handshakes before and/or after each game
  4. All players receive participation awards
  5. No individual should be allowed to run the length of
    the field except participants of the game
  6. Parents and coaches should encourage players,
    but not coach or instruct during game time
  7. Spectators are not allowed behind either goal
    or within three (3) yards outside the touchline