Region 64 Playing Rule Details

Law 1 — The Field of Play

Fields will be laid out and equipment provided as close to national recommendations as field space and regional equipment allow. See also Short-Sided Games.

Comments / Clarifications

Play the assigned field as marked. The field dimensions are scaled to be appropriate to players age and size.
Likewise, "10-yards", used throughout the laws as the free area around a restart, is scaled to appropriate for the size of the players and field. This distance is used as the radius of the center circle and can be judged for each field based on that. (For U5 & U6 which often used cones, instead of painted lines, use 5 actual yards for "10-yard" distances.


Law 2 — The Ball

Unmodified.

Comments / Clarifications

Ages

Size

U5 - U8

3

U10 - U12

4

U14 - U19

5


Law 3 — The Number of Players

Age

number of players

U5

3, no keepers

U6

3, no keepers

U8

5, no keepers

U10

7 (6 min)

U12

9 (6 min)

U14

11 (7 min)

U16

U19

Comments / Clarifications

  • U5 & U6 use "flying subs" under the coaches control.
  • For U8 and up, AYSO quarter based substitution rules are used:
    • Substitutions may be made at a stoppage near the midpoint of each half and at halftime.
    • Injured players may also be substituted.
    • Coaches may also substitute for players who receive cautions (and are shown a yellow card.)
  • For U8 and up, Area 2J's playing time rules are used:
    • No player may play four quarters until all players present on the team have played three quarters.
    • In some cases enough players are present not all players can play three quarters. It is the coach’s responsibility to rotate which player(s) play only two quarters from week to week.
  • For U8 and up, Area 2J's player advantage rules are used:
    • A team may have, at most, one more player than the opposing team, unless a player has been sent off. (The "1-up" rule.)
  • Note no minimums are specific for U5 through U10 games. Remember "Everybody Plays" and work with the coaches if one team is short players. The "1-up" rule applies. Sharing players is recommended.
  • AYSO Game Cards must be filled out and are used to track playing time. The players' number and full name should be listed in order of jersey number for the full team. (Players absent from a game should still be listed and marked absent at the field.)

Law 4 — The Players' Equipment

Unmodified.

Comments / Clarifications

The five S's are required:

  • Shirt
  • Shorts
  • Shinguards
  • Socks
  • Shoes

Note: Shoes are required, but cleats are not. "Sneakers", "tennis shoes", "running shoes" are fine. Cleats must be safe and appropriate, e.g. no baseball, golf, or track cleats. ("Toe cleats" are not necessarily dangerous, but may be and must be inspected. Ask yourself if you would mind having it raked across your leg....)
Note: All jewelry, including earrings, are prohibited.
(Lance Armstrong LiveStrong bracelets are prohibited because they are jewelry AND because they are dangerous in practice.)


Law 5 & 6 — The Referee & The Assistant Referee

Unmodified.

Comments / Clarifications

Volunteers with appropriate level of training for each level. Field Monitors, or coaches, run U5 & U6 games. U8 uses referees certified at least the U8 Referee level. At older ages more experienced referees are assigned.
Parents often ask if they may ref their own child’s game. Our Regional Commissioner says:
We want you to enjoy your child’s game as a spectator.
You may signup as Assistant Referee for your child's game. For U8 and up, please do not sign up, but if there isn't a referee at game time you may serve with the knowledge and agreement of both coaches.


Law 7 — The Duration of the Match

Age

Two halves
(minutes)

U5 & U6

15

U8

20

U10

25

U12

30

U14

35

U16

40

U19

45


Law 8 — The Start and Restart of Play

Unmodified.


Law 9 — The Ball In and Out of Play

Unmodified.


Law 10 — The Method of Scoring

Unmodified.


Law 11 — Offside

Age

Offside

U5 & U6

Not used

U8

only enforced for blatant intentional violations,
(i.e. no "cherry-picking".)

U10 - U19

Unmodified


Law 12 — Fouls

Unmodified.

Comments / Clarifications

In all cases the intention is to have games which are:

  • Safe
  • Fair
  • Fun

For the younger ages fouls are infrequent. The most common fouls are:

  • Dangerous Play
  • Kicking / Tripping
  • Pushing / Holding
  • Deliberate Handling

Note that at younger ages slide tackling is not taught and it is usually dangerous to the sliding player, the other players, or both. It should be called as dangerous play at U8 and below and viewed extra carefully at U10 and U12. (Assuming no other foul was committed. The most serious foul should always be sanctioned.)
Likewise the safety of goal keepers, at all ages, should receive special attention as they face situations not seen by field players. Challenges which create conditions endangering the goal keeper are, at least, dangerous play. Especially at the younger ages, dangerous play must be called generously in favor of goal keepers.
As players become older and more competitive fouls become more common and fouls of all types are seen.


Law 12 — Misconduct

Unmodified.

Comments / Clarifications

Misconduct should be, and is, rare at AYSO games.
For younger ages, misconduct is handled with a private discussion between player, coach and referee. Yellow and red cards are never publicly displayed for U10 and under players. At U12 they are discouraged and should only be used for extreme situations. Coaches, at all ages, are expected to work with players to avoid repeated bad behavior.
Adult behavior is expected to be of the highest quality, emphasizing the positive. Remember:

  • referees ref,
  • coaches coach, and
  • spectators cheer.

Coaches are responsible for reminding their spectators of the expected behavior. In cases where reminders aren't sufficient, coaches will be ask to have spectators leave the field and surrounding area. Coaches may be expelled for failing to behave in a responsible manner. (No cards are shown.)


Law 13 — Free Kicks

U5 thru U8 use only direct free kicks.
U10 and up, unmodified.
("10-yards" is scaled to field and player size, see Law 1.)


Law 14 — Penalty Kicks

U5 thru U8 do not use penalty kicks.
For U5 & U6, direct free kicks are taken from the approximate point of the foul. (But they should be moved back "10-yards", i.e. 5 yards at this age, from the goal to allow defenders without creating a dangerous point-blank situation.)
For U8, fouls committed in the penalty area by the defense are punished with direct free kicks take from the nearest point of the penalty area line parallel to the goal line. (Similar to FIFA procedure for Indirect Free Kicks taken in the Goal Area.)
U10 and up, unmodified.


Law 15 — The Throw In

Unmodified, except U8 and below are allowed "do-overs" instead of losing possession. For U8's, this applies for the first three weeks of the season, until the coaches have had the chance to teach proper technique in practice.
Note: effective July 1, 2005, FIFA has added a directive that opponents must be a minimum of 2-yards from the thrower on a throw in.


Law 16 — The Goal Kick

For U5 & U6 "kick-ins" are taken from the goal line at the spot the ball left the field with opponents "10-yards" from the ball.
For U8, unmodified except on fields lined without a goal area. On fields without a goal area, goal kicks are taken from anywhere in the penalty area with opponents outside the penalty area and "10-yards" from the ball.
U10 and up, unmodified.


Law 17 — The Corner Kick

Unmodified.


U16 & U19 Inter-Area Play

U16 & U19 play is inter-area between teams in Area 2A and Area 2J. Information is published on the Area 2A website, with specific updates posted at AYSO Region 45. The rules are Area 2A & 2J interplay [PDF].


These rules are summarized for convenience and are not official!

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