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Recreational Soccer follows US Soccer and NCYSA standards wherever possible.

Division Parameters: 

  Lil Kickers U7 U9 U11 U13
Birth Years*
2017-18 Seasons
Field Size (yds) N/A 30 x 20 60 x 40 80 x 50 80 x 50
Goal Size (ft) Pop-Up 4 x 6 18.5x6.5 18.5x6.5 18.5x6.5
Ball Size 3 3 4 4 5
Players Up to Coach 4 v 4
7 v 7 9 v 9 11 v 11
Game Time Up to Coach 10-minute quarters 25 minute halves 30 minute halves 30 minute halves
Offside Rule No No Yes Yes



Referees Coaches Coaches 1 1 3


*Players may play up or down one division based on their size and skill with prior approval from the Soccer Commission.






Start of Play:

The referee shall inspect opposing teams:

* Check for shin guards (Must be worn beneath socks)

* Jerseys tucked in to shorts


* No jewelry except medical bracelet taped for safety                                   

* Captains to center field, coin toss, kickoff & sides (home team calls coin toss)



Other Rules of Play


·       There is a 10 minute grace period for the start of games. 


·       U11-U13 Teams may play with 1 player less than the required number without forfeiting.  Forfeited games may still be played for fun.

·       If you know you will not have enough players present for a game, you must call your coordinator to let them know as soon as possible so that the opposing coach can be notified.

·       U10-U12 - No sliding when another player is within 4’; result is a dangerous play and an indirect free kick for the opposing team.

·       All casts must be wrapped in a soft padding (i.e. bubble wrapped, then ACE bandaged) and inspected by the official before the start of the game to ensure safety to all players.


·       Stoppage time for injuries or game interruptions will be added only if the game is tied or there is a 1 goal differential.

·       Coaches are to keep their players under their immediate supervision while waiting for the game ahead of them to finish.  Do not warm up on the sidelines while another game is in progress.

·       Coaches are to move their team and equipment away from the field of play as soon as possible at the conclusion of their game so that the next teams can get on the field as soon as possible.


Throw-Ins - Clarification only as this is the most frequent re-start in the match

A legal throw-in means both feet on the ground until after the moment the ball is released. If the foot pops up immediately after the ball is released, it is not a foul throw.  Additionally, the hands and ball must start behind the head and proceed directly over top of the head.  Side spin on the ball does not mean a foul throw; however, throwing the ball sideways (not directly over top of the head) is a foul throw.  Both feet must be either on or behind the touchline (half of either foot or both feet on the pitch is still legal).  If one or both feet are completely off the line and on the pitch, it is a foul throw.  Similarly, the entire ball must cross the 5 inch touchline to be out of play and for a throw-in to be awarded.  If a throw-in never enters the field of play, it is to be re-thrown. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.  An opponent must be 2 yards from the thrower and may not attempt to obstruct the thrower or an indirect kick will be awarded (i.e. jumping up or waiving arms). 



There is no limit to the number of players that may be subbed at one time or on total subs for the game.  All substitutes must be standing at the midfield line and recognized by the referee before they will be allowed to enter the game.


·      The referee may sub at any match stoppage


·      Each player must play a minimum of 15 minutes per game.


·      If a team does not have any substitutes, they may ask for a 2 minute water break per half.

·      Child may play for one team only; no substitutes of players that are not on the team roster.

·      Cheering is encouraged; unsportsmanlike conduct of coaches, spectators or players will not be tolerated and will result in ejection.  Coaches are responsible for their team and parents.  Any player, coach, or parent being ejected from a game will have to meet with a league coordinator before they are allowed to play again.  Additionally, coaches may not argue with the officials.  Any arguing resulting from any call the official makes will result in a verbal warning followed by an ejection.  Arguing with the official sets a clear, unmistakably bad example for all of the players on the field. Asking the official to watch for certain infractions by certain players (“Sir/Ma’am, please watch #15’s pushing”) is perfectly acceptable.

·       If a parent or coach refuses to leave the field area due to an ejection, then the referee will call the game until they do so.  If after 5 minutes, the parent or coach has not left, then the game will be called and no further play will resume.

·       Officials will monitor teams as they shake hands at the conclusion of the game to insure that proper sportsmanship is being upheld by both teams.

·       The results of the games must be turned in by the referee to the appropriate league coordinator or the Referee assigner after each game.  Please do this soon after your games are over for the day.  Score sheets will be used to compensate officials at the end of the season.  They must include both officials’ names who worked the game, the time and location of the game, the winner and the score.

·       If a game is tied after regulation time has expired, no additional time will be added to the game to decide a winner during the regular season. The game will be concluded as a tie.

·       Score for any games called for any reason at or after the first half will be considered final.