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Rules of Play for U8

 

Games are played on small fields (approx. 41 yards by 31 yards).

 

Each team plays five (5) field players. Goalkeepers are not used in U8.

 

Goals must be scored on the offensive side of the field to prevent players from “booting” the ball from their defensive side of the field and defensive players should not stand in front of the goal to prevent the other team from scoring.

 

Game consists of two (2) 30-minute halves. Time is kept by the referee.

 

All free kicks awarded for a foul shall be indirect and must touch another player before entering the goal for a score.

 

The Off-Side rule is not used at U-8!

 

On any free-kick (including goal kicks and kick-ins) opponents must be at least 7 yards from the ball. 

 

Throw-ins will not be taken at U-8. Instead the ball will be placed on the touchline where the ball exited the field and will be kicked back into play. The kick-in will be treated as a free kick. Opponents must be at least 7 yards from the ball.  A kick-in is an indirect free kick and must touch another player before entering the goal for a score.

 

Substitutions can be made at any stoppage of the game and at the referee’s discretion.

 

Coaches and/or parents must stand along the touchline and may not stand behind the goal .

 

Coaches and/or parents may not enter the field of play without the permissions of the referee.

 

Except for reason of injury or discipline, each player on the team must play at least half the game.

 

Whenever any team goes ahead of an opponent by five goals, the team must remove a player until the score narrows to four goals or less.  Please provide the U8 Coordinator feedback if there are games that resulted in high goal differentials.