Rules

Click a link below to view the rules of competition for recreational teams in a particular age group.

Summary Table

The following table summarizes many of the differences between rules for different age groups.

U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11-12 U13-14
field WxL (yards) 20×30 20×30 25×35 30×45 35×55 50×80 50×80
goal WxH (feet) 6×3 6×3 9×4 15×6 18×6 24×8 24×8
goals cones cones fixed fixed fixed fixed fixed
exclusion radius (yards) 6 6 6 10 10 10 10
goal area (yards) 2 2 2 4 6 6 6
penalty area (yards) 6 6 6 10 14 18 18
penalty spot (yards) none none none none none 10 10
ball size 3 3 3 4 4 4 5
players on field 3 3 4 5 6 9 7
goalkeeper no no yes yes yes yes yes
players on roster 6 6 8 9 10 14 12
minutes in half 16 20 25 25 25 30 30
periods in half 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
minutes per period 8 10 25 25 25 30 30
offside no no no no yes yes yes
slide tackling no no no no no no no
direct free kicks no no no no yes yes yes
penalty kicks no no no no no yes yes
foul kickoffs retake retake retake retake FIFA FIFA FIFA
foul throw-ins retake retake retake retake FIFA FIFA FIFA
score from kickoff no no yes yes yes yes yes
score from goal kick no no yes yes yes yes yes

WSYSA Rules of Competition

T-CYSA’s rules of competition for its younger age groups are derived from WSYSA’s small-sided program rules, given in Rule 302 (which starts on page 62) of theĀ WSYSA Administrative Handbook.

FIFA Laws of the Game

WSYSA’s rules of competition are derived from theĀ FIFA Laws of the Game.