Rules

Soccer Ball Sizes: Size 3 U3-U8, Size 4 U9-U12, Size 5 U13+

In-House Rules

Safety: A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry).

Equipment: Players must wear a jersey, shorts, and socks issued by LYSC; age and size appropriate shin guards; soccer cleats with no metal studs (U3-U6 players may wear sneakers).

Scores and Standings: None.

U3/U4

U3/U4 is for the youngest players new to the game. Informal teams may be formed, but Littlestown will normally operate groups under 24 as a player pool group.

Practices are 1x or 2x per week, and games on weekends are similar to U6 in format but informal. Coaches are on the field assisting players, and there are no referees.

U4 game rules and conduct should be consistent, but very flexible. 3-year olds by nature will generally set what their tolerance limits are, and it is adults that must partly flex to meet those needs.

Game Format:

Play is 3v3 or 4v4 at coach discretion with small goals or pop-up goals,  Depending on the size of the group, 2 fields may be in play at the same time (ie 3v3 and 3v3, or 4v4 and 4v4, etc.)

Game is 4 x 8 minute quarters with a wide latitude for flexibility. Subbing is as needed and may be on the fly. (Kids will often just sub themselves by running off the field! Go with the flow.)

Any play out of bounds is restarted from that point with a kick-in. No hands should be used in U4.

Games are purely teaching and fun at this age.

U5/U6

Game Format:

The Number of Players: Each team will play with 4 players on the field. There are NO goalkeepers. If a team is losing by more than 5 goals, they may put an extra player on the field.

  • The Duration of the Match: The match shall be four, 10-minute quarters.
  • Substitutions: At any stoppage and unlimited.
  • Playing time: Each player will play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time.
  • During games, one coach from each team may be on the field at a time to direct players.
  • Scoring: Anytime the ball completely crosses the end-line inside the goal, the attacking team is awarded a goal.
  • Offside: None.
  • Penalty Kicks: None.
  • Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA with the exception that all fouls shall result in a free kick. The game official will explain all infringements to the offending player. No cards shown for misconduct. If a child is being too rambunctious then the game official will ask the coach to make a substitution of that player to give the child a chance to calm down before returning to play.
  • Kick-Off: Each half will begin with a kick off at mid-field. The visiting team (Blue) will kick off to start the first and third quarters. The home team (White) will kick off to start the second and fourth quarters. After a goal, play will restart with a kick off by the team that was scored upon.
  • Throw-ins/Kick-ins: Throw-ins are not used in U5/U6.  Anytime the ball goes out of bounds, play will restart with a kick-in. The last team to touch the ball in bounds will lose possession, and the opposing team will take the kick-in. Kick-ins will be taken where the ball left the field play on the side-lines.
  • Free Kicks: Conform to FIFA with the exceptions that all free kicks are direct and opponents are at least four yards from the ball until it is in play.

U7/U8

Game Format:

The Number of Players: Each team will play with 5 players on the field. There are NO goalkeepers. If a team is losing by more than 5 goals, they may put an extra player on the field.  Coaches may elect to play 4v4 if there are not enough players to adequately play 5v5, but this should be a limited option only when needed.

  • The Duration of the Match: The match is four, 12-minute quarters.
  • Substitutions: At any stoppage and unlimited, preferred mainly on quarters.
  • Playing time: Each player will play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time.
  • During games, coaches should must be on sidelines except where acting as referees. Assisting a player while on the field is allowed when needed, but should be kept to a minimum.
  • Scoring: Anytime the ball completely crosses the end-line inside the goal, the attacking team is awarded a goal.
  • Offside: Yes.
  • Penalty Kicks: None.
  • Keepers: None. May be allowed by the club in the 2nd half of the season only if sufficient U8 age players have direct interest after playing field for each team. (Note: See United Soccer Coaches Player Competency Matrix basic keeper skills beginning at age 8)
  • Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA with the exception that all fouls shall result in a free kick. The game official or coach acting for such will explain all infringements to the offending player. No cards shown for misconduct. If a child is being too rambunctious then the game official will ask the coach to make a substitution of that player to give the child a chance to calm down before returning to play.
  • Kick-Off: Each half will begin with a kick off at mid-field. The visiting team (Blue) will kick off to start the first and third quarters. The home team (White) will kick off to start the second and fourth quarters. After a goal, play will restart with a kick off by the team that was scored upon.
  • Throw-ins: Anytime the ball goes out of bounds on sidelines, play will restart with a throw-in. The last team to touch the ball in bounds will lose possession, and the opposing team will take the throw-in. Throw-ins will be taken where the ball left the field play on the side-lines. During a throw-in, the player will throw the ball using two hands straight over their head. Both feet will remain on the ground and out of bounds until the throw is complete.
  • Goal Kicks: When the ball goes out of bounds behind the goal, a goal kick is taken. While there are no goalies, there is a small goal box in U8 that can be used for goal kicks. With a combination of new players and some more experienced, you may also have a player take a goal kick from the endline rather than the box. This challenges a player with a longer kick instead of simply have the ball go long and potentially out the opposite end. This is coach discretion at any kick.
  • Free Kicks: Conform to FIFA with the exceptions that all free kicks are direct and opponents are at least four yards from the ball until it is in play.

U9/U10

Play 7v7 with Goals 6×18
Game Time: 2×25 min halves, 5 min halftime (may be in quarters at some locations)
Substitution: Free substitution (or at quarters at some locations)
No Heading
No Punting
Re-do throw-in one time, must be same player
Buildout line is in use
Unbalanced score rule: Plus 5 goals add a player until score difference is reduced

U11/U12

Play 9v9 with Goals 7×21
Game Time: 2×30 min halves, 5 min halftime (may be in quarters at some locations)
Substitution: Free substitution (or at quarters at some locations)
No Heading
Unbalanced score rule: Plus 5 goals add a player until score difference is reduced

U13+

League Rules Apply