Division Specific Rules

U6

U8

U10

U12

U14/16/19

What is taught?

Offense: throw-in, dribble, instep kick.

Offense: throw-in, dribble, instep kick; delay.

Offense, goalkeeping, delay, and ball tackling.

Offense and defense.

Offense and defense.

Referee requirements

Teams provide AYSO certified ref. at each game.

Teams provide AYSO certified ref. at each game.

AYSO provides referees

AYSO provides referees

AYSO provides referees

Can coach referee his/her own game?

Yes, if certified, but may not coach.

Yes, if certified, but may not coach.

No

No

No

Coach training requirements

Registered volunteer; safe haven and coach certified.

Registered volunteer; safe haven and coach certified.

Registered volunteer; safe haven and coach certified.

Registered volunteer; safe haven and coach certified.

Registered volunteer; safe haven and coach certified.

Assistant coach requirements

Registered volunteer. Coach training highly recommended.

Registered volunteer. Coach training highly recommended.

Registered volunteer. Coach training highly recommended.

Registered volunteer. Coach training highly recommended.

Registered volunteer. Coach training highly recommended.

Are scorecards used?

Yes – use line-up cards.*

Yes – use line-up cards.*

Yes – use line-up cards.*

Yes – use line-up cards.*

Yes – use line-up cards.*

# Players on field/team

3

5

7

9

11

Ball size

3

3

4

4

5

Game duration

40 min.

40 min.

50 min.

60 min.

70/80/90

Quarter duration

1-2 min. with running clock

1-2 min. with running clock

1-2 min. with running clock

1-2 min. with running clock

1-2 min. with running clock

Half-time duration

5 min.

5 min.

5 min.

5 min.

5 min.

Goalkeepers?

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Offsides?

No

No “cherry picking”

Yes

Yes

Yes

Free kicks?

Direct

Direct

Direct & indirect

Direct & indirect

Direct & indirect

Penalty kicks?

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Touch line re-start

Throw in

Throw in

Throw in

Throw in

Throw in

Goal line re-start

Goal and corner kicks.

Goal and corner kicks.

Goal and corner kicks.

Goal and corner kicks.

Goal and corner kicks.

Standings and scorekeeping?

Scorekeeping but no standings

Scorekeeping but no standings

win = 2pt; tie = 1pt.; loss = 0pt.

win = 2pt; tie = 1pt.; loss = 0pt.

win = 2pt; tie = 1pt.; loss = 0pt.

Goal limit rule and penalty

5 goal

5 goal

5 goal with penalty1

5 goal with penalty1

5 goal with penalty1

Post-season playoffs and all-stars?

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

1. A team is awarded only one point if they win by more than 5 goals. A team may protest this penalty* if there is evidence that their opponent did not play within the spirit of the game, and the winning team exhibited good sportsmanship. *See regional guidelines.