Youth soccer rules 12 & under law 1 – The Field of Play



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YOUTH SOCCER RULES

12 & UNDER
Law 1 – The Field of Play

  1. Dimensions: The field of play must be rectangular. The length of the touchline must be greater than the length of the goal line.

  2. Length: minimum 60 yards maximum 80 yards

  3. Width: minimum 45 yards maximum 55 yards

  4. 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 radius of eight (8) yards is marked around it.

  5. The Goal area: Conform to FIFA.

  6. 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.

  7. Flag posts: Conform to FIFA.

  8. The Corner Arc: Conform to FIFA.

  9. Goals: Conform to FIFA with exception that the maximum distance between the posts is eighteen (18) feet and the maximum distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is six (6) feet.

  10. Goal Post must be securely anchored.

  11. Spectator and team benches should be on opposite sides of the field. Spectators must sit on opposite sides of players.


Law 2 – The Ball: Size four (4).

Law 3 – The Number of Players:

  1. A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than 9 players, one of whom is the goalkeeper.

  2. Minimum number of players is 4 including one of whom is the goalkeeper

  3. Substitutions: Conform to FIFA plus the following;

    1. Unlimited Substitutions

    2. Own teams corner kick.

    3. Team not in possession of the corner kick, or throw-in may also substitute providing the team in possession of the corner kick, or throw in wishes to substitute.

  4. 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:

  1. Player may not wear any item of equipment that may be dangerous to themselves or others to include jewelry.

  2. Player wearing a cast will require permission slip from a doctor and must be deemed safe by the referee. Non-uniform clothing is allowed based on weather conditions, but uniforms must still distinguish teams.

  3. Shin guards are required be covered by socks and be age appropriate.

  4. Toe cleats are not permitted and the shoe must be deemed safe by the referee.

  5. Goalkeeper must wear a shirt that distinguishes him from other players. Goalkeeper may wear a soft-billed baseball cap.

  6. Teams will not purchase uniforms which conflict with the referee's primary color of Gold.


Law 5 – The Referee: Registered referee.
Law 6 – The Assistant Referee: Use U.S.S.F. registered referees or club linesmen/women.
Law 7 – The Duration of the Match: Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

  1. The match will be divided into two (2) halves of thirty (30) minutes each. There shall be a half-time interval of five (5) minutes.

  2. Games tied at the end of regulation will end as a tie.


Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play: Conform to FIFA with the exception that opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least eight (8) yards from the ball until it is in play.

A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:



  • at the start of the match;

  • after a goal has been scored;

  • at the start of the second half of the match;

  • at the start of each period of extra time, where applicable.

*A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off.*
Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play: Conform to FIFA.
The ball is out of play when:

  • it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line, whether on the ground or in the air

  • play has been stopped by the referee.

The ball is in play at all other times, including when:

  • it rebounds from a goalpost, crossbar or corner flag post and remains in the field of play;

  • it rebounds from either the referee or an assistant referee when they are on the field of play.


Law 10 – The Method of Scoring:

  1. Conform to FIFA.

  2. A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of the Laws of the Game has been committed previously by the team scoring the goal.



Law 11 – Offside: Conform to FIFA.
It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position. A player is in an offside position if:

  • he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent.


A player is not in an offside position if

  • he/she is in his own half of the field of play or

  • he/she is level with the second last opponent or

  • he/she is level with the last two opponents.

There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:

  • a goal kick or

  • a throw-in or

  • a corner kick

A player in an offside position is only penalized if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:



  • interfering with play or

  • interfering with an opponent or

  • gaining an advantage by being in that position.


Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct:

  1. Conform to FIFA.

  2. Slide tackling is not permitted!

  3. Players receiving a yellow card will be required to leave the field and may be replaced. The player may re-enter the game at the next legal substitution.

  4. Red Cards- Red cards issued to players or coaches will result in the person having to leave the field of play for the rest of the existing game and to have to miss his/her next scheduled game. Person must leave the playing area and in the opinion of the referee be far enough away from play to be of no further consequence before play resumes.


A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following six offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

  • kicks or attempts to kick an opponent

  • trips or attempts to trip an opponent

  • jumps at an opponent

  • charges an opponent

  • strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

  • pushes an opponent

A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player
commits any of the following four offences:

  • tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball

  • holds an opponent

  • spits at an opponent

  • handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area).



Law 13 – Free Kicks: Conform to FIFA with the exception that opponents are at least eight (8) yards from the ball.

Free kicks are either direct or indirect.

For both direct and indirect free kicks, the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken and the kicker does not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player.
The Direct Free Kick


  • If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal is awarded.

  • If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the team’s own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team

The Indirect Free Kick

Signal
The referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising his arm above his head. He maintains his arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has touched another player or goes out of play.


Law 14 – The Penalty Kick: Conform to FIFA with the exceptions that the penalty mark is at ten yards and those players other than the kicker and defending goalkeeper are at least eight (8) yards from the

penalty mark.


The Penalty Kick

A penalty kick is awarded against a team that commits one of the ten offences for which a direct free kick is awarded, inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play.

A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick.

Additional time is allowed for a penalty kick to be taken at the end of each half or at the end of periods of extra time.


Position of the Ball and the Players

The ball:



  • is placed on the penalty mark.

The player taking the penalty kick:

  • is properly identified.

The defending goalkeeper:

  • remains on his goal line, facing the kicker, between the goal posts until the ball has been kicked.


Law 15 – The Throw-In: Conform to FIFA.

A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.

A throw-in is awarded:


  • when the whole of the ball passes over the touch line, either on the ground or in the air;

  • from the point where it crossed the touch line;

  • to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball.

Procedure

At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower:



  • faces the field of play;

  • has part of each foot either on the touch line or on the ground outside the touch line

  • uses both hands

  • delivers the ball from behind and over his head

The thrower may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player


Law 16 – The Goal Kick: Conform to FIFA.
A goal may be scored directly from a goal kick, but only against the opposing team.

A goal kick is awarded when:



  • the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10 .

Procedure

  • The ball is kicked from any point within the goal area by a player of the defending team.

  • Opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.

  • The kicker does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player.

  • The ball is in play when it is kicked directly beyond the penalty area.

Infringements/Sanctions

If the ball is not kicked directly into play beyond the penalty area:



  • the kick is retaken.


Law 17 – The Corner Kick: Conform to FIFA with the exception that opponents remain at least eight (8) yards away from the ball until it is in play.
A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team.

A corner kick is awarded when:



  • the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10


Procedure

  • The ball is placed inside the corner arc at the nearest corner flag post.

  • The corner flag post is not moved.

  • Opponents remain at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play.

  • The ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team.

  • The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.

  • The kicker does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player.

Field Location: Sherman Airfield A



Ball Size: 4


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