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8U (Birth Years 2018/2017)

8U Division: Teams of 6 players max play games on Saturdays. (Teams may have 7 players depending on registration numbers and volunteer coaches).

Practices are held once per week on a separate day from game day. Duration of practice should not last longer than 60-minutes. The coach signs up for a practice field, day, and time that works for them (one of the perks of coaching a team!). Practices must be held on the designated location, day, and time the coach signed up for. Any changes MUST be communicated to the practice coordinator or division coordinator.

Once coaches have completed their volunteer requirements, division coordinators will provide them with their rosters and we encourage them to reach out to their team immediately to schedule their team meeting and practices. It is encouraged for coaches to start practices two weeks before the first game if they can as soon as they get their roster to prepare for the season.

8U Game Guidelines

Ball: Size 3

Official: AYSO-certified 8U official provided by the “home” team.

  • Coach must have a Coach folder with player registration forms at every practice and game.

  • Coach must stay out of the field of play.

  • Numbers: 5 players per team on field; no goalkeepers.

  • Substitutions: Between periods, at halftime and for injuries.

  • Playing Time: Each player must play at least ½ of each game.

  • 2 14-minute halves (~7-minute quarters)

  • Halftime break of five minutes.

  • No offside

  • Kick-in or dribble-in (no throw-in)

  • No heading

8U Information

Player Equipment: 
Shoes and shin guards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use. Jersey, shorts, and socks are provided by the region.

The Players: 

  • Numbers: 4x4 or 5x5 depending on registration numbers (teams will be notified about numbers before the season starts)
  • Substitutions: Between periods, at halftime and for injuries.
  • Playing Time: Minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three.
  • Teams: Separate girls and boys teams should be promoted at all levels of play. Only players should be allowed on the field; with the exception of a coach from each team to manage the game.       
Kids are No. 1; Fun – not winning – is everything; Fans only cheer, and only coaches coach; No yelling in anger; Respect the volunteer referees; No swearing or abusive behavior; No alcohol, tobacco or drugs; No weapons; Leave no trash behind; Set a proper example of sportsmanship. No dogs.

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AYSO Region 83 - Five Cities

P.O. Box 1166 
Arroyo Grande, California 93421

Email Us: [email protected]

Phone: 805-000-0000