Rules of the Game

From US Youth Soccer's Policy on Players and Playing Rules


Policy on Players and Playing Rules [
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FIFA Laws of the Game [link]

Small-Sided Games Rules [link]


Below is a quick reference to Rule 303:

Length of Games, Overtime Periods and Ball Specifications

Section 1. (a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games, overtime periods, ball size, ball circumference, and ball weight for each age group is as follows:
Age Group Game Length Overtime Periods Size Circumference Weight Number of Players
19U Two 45' halves Two 15' halves #5 27-28 in. 14-16 ozs.  
18U Two 45' halves Two 15' halves #5 27-28 in. 14-16 ozs.  
17U Two 45' halves Two 15' halves #5 27-28 in. 14-16 ozs.  
16U Two 40' halves Two 15' halves #5 27-28 in. 14-16 ozs.  
15U Two 40' halves Two 15' halves #5 27-28 in. 14-16 ozs.  
14U Two 35' halves Two 10' halves #5 27-28 in. 14-16 ozs.  
13U Two 35' halves Two 10' halves #5 27-28 in. 14-16 ozs.  
12U Two 30' halves Two 10' halves #4 25-26 in. 11-13 ozs.      No more than 11, 8 strongly recommended
11U Two 30' halves Two 10' halves #4 25-26 in. 11-13 ozs.      No more than 11, 8 strongly recommended
10U Two 25' halves     NONE #4 25-26 in. 11-13 ozs.      No more than 7, 6 strongly recommended
8U 4 -10' quarters NONE #3 23-24 in. 11-12 ozs.      No more than 5, 4 strongly recommended; no goalkeepers
6U 4 – 10' quarters     NONE #3 23-24 in. 11-12 ozs.      No more than 4, 3 strongly recommended; no goalkeepers
(b) In tournament play, if the game is still tied after overtime periods, FIFA "Kicks from the Penalty Mark" rules apply to determine the winner.
 

Section 2. (a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games, ball size, ball circumference, and ball weight for each age group shall be as follows:
 
Age Group Game Length Size Circumference Weight
10U As Modified Rules specify #4 25-26 in. 11–13 ozs.
8U As Modified Rules specify #3 23-24 in. 11–13 ozs.
6U As Modified Rules specify #3 23-24 in. 11–13 ozs.
 
(b) For the Under 10, Under 8, and Under 6 competitions, ties will stand.
 
 
Recommended Goal and Field Sizes
 
Age Group Goal Size (in feet) Field Width 
Min. | Max. (in yards)
Field Length
Min. | Max. (in yards)
19U 8’ x 24’ 50 | 100 100 | 130
16U 8’ x 24’ 50 | 100 100 | 130
14U 8’ x 24’ 50 | 100 100 | 130
12U 6’ x 18’ or 7' x 21' 45 | 55 70 | 80
10U 6’ x 18’ or 6' x 12' 35 | 45 55 | 65
8U 4’ x 6’ (or smaller) 15 | 25 25 | 35
6U 4’ x 6’ (or smaller) 15 | 25 25 | 35
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