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Region 2 General Game Rules and Information

All coaches and assistant coaches MUST be Age-Appropriate certified and must complete their Safe Haven and Concussion certifications. Only 2 certified coaches permitted in Technical Area (10 yards from the halfway line each side) during a game. Coaches shall carry and display Coach ID Cards. Home Team occupies the North (or West) side of the field. Spectators must sit on their respective sideline between 2 penalty area and 3 yards away from Touchline.

Spectators are not allowed to coach (i.e., providing technical instruction to any player). Zero Tolerance: absolutely no inappropriate behavior towards referees, especially youth referees.

Number of Players:

  • 14U - 11 versus 11, with minimum of 7 players/team on the field; Players are required to play at least 3 quarters of the game (late arrival must play minimum 3 quarters or the remaining of the game); No restriction on Goalkeeper playing time.
  • 12U - 9 versus 9, with minimum of 6 players/team on the field; Players are required to play at least 3 quarters of the game (late arrival must play minimum 3 quarters or the remaining of the game); No restriction on Goalkeeper playing time.
  • 10U - 7 versus 7, with minimum of 5 players/team on the field; Players are required to play at least 3 quarters of the game (late arrival must play minimum 3 quarters or the remaining of the game); Maximum 2 quarters of Goalkeeper playing time.
  • 8U - 4 versus 4. One sub. No Minimum amount of players, 2 teams of split in half (maximum 5 on each side) playing on 2 side by side fields. No Goalkeeper.
  • 7U - 4 versus 4. One sub. No Minimum amount of players, 2 teams of split in half playing on 2 side by side fields. No Goalkeeper.
  • 6U - 4 versus 4. One sub. No Minimum amount of players, 2 teams of split in half playing on 2 side by side fields. No Goalkeeper.

Ball Size:

  • 14U - Size 5.
  • 12U and 10U - Size 4.
  • 8U, 7U, and 6U - Size 3.

Goal Size:

  • 14U and 12U - Official Size Goals (8 feet high and 8 yards wide).
  • 10U, 8U, and 7U - 6 feet high and 6 yards wide.
  • 6U - 4 feet high and 6 yards wide.

Duration of the Game:

  • 14U - 35 minutes half with 5-10 minutes half-time break; running clock; game can end of draw in pool play; 5 minutes grace period from the scheduled starting time.
  • 12U - 30 minutes half with 5-10 minutes half-time break; running clock; game can end of draw in pool play; 5 minutes grace period from the scheduled starting time.
  • 10U - 25 minutes half with 5-10 minutes half-time break; running clock; game can end of draw in pool play; 5 minutes grace period from the scheduled starting time.
  • 8U and 7U - 10 minutes quarter with 1-2 minutes quarter break and 5-10 minutes half-time break; game can end of draw.
  • 6U - 5 minutes quarter with 1-2 minutes quarter break and 5-10 minutes half-time break; game can end of draw.
  • Games starting late still need to end 5 minutes before the next game's scheduled starting time; 2 halves shall be shorten equally via referee's instruction.

Laws of the Game:

  • 14U, 12U, and 10U - Matches are played with FIFA Laws Of The Game and AYSO National Rules and Regulations
  • Deliberately heading the ball in 12U and below is not allowed. Play shall be immediately stopped (no advantage applied). Restart is Indirect Free Kick (IFK) for the opposing team. If the restart is in the GOAL AREA for the attacking team, the ball is placed at the Goal Area Line parallel to the Goal Line (just like all other IFK restart).
  • 10U - No punting. Buildout line rules apply.
  • 8U - No offside; no goal keeper; all free kicks are Indirect Free Kicks (IFK).
  • 7U - No offside; No goalkeeper; all free kicks are Indirect Free Kicks (IFK).
  • 6U - No offside; No goalkeeper; no Free Kick.

Points & Playoffs: (for 14U, 12U, and 10U only)

  • 3 Points for Win.
  • 1 Point each team for Draw.
  • 0 Point for Loss.
  • Forfeit is recorded as 1-0.
  • 14U - Top 6 teams (after point deduction) enter the Playoffs.
  • 12U - Top 6 teams (after point deduction) enter the Playoffs.
  • 10U - Top 8 teams (after point deduction) from each Pool enter the Playoffs.
  • 8U, 7U, and 6U - No game scores are kept; no point system is used; no playoffs.

Referee Duty:

  • 14U - Region 2 will supply qualified Referee and each team provides 1 Assistant Referee for the game after their own game; teams play the last game of the day on the same field provides referees for the first game of the day (may be a game in another division).
  • 12U and 10U - Home Team provides 2 referees (one shall be the Referee of the game) and Visitor Team provides 1 referee for the game after their own game; teams play the last game of the day on the same field provides referees for the first game of the day (may be a game in another division).
  • 12U-G - Games before and after the VIP game are separated into 2 groups. Morning games will ref in the morning group, and afternoon games will ref in the afternoon only.
  • 8U - Home Team provides 1 referee and Visitor Team provides 1 referee for their own game; Coaches shall not be the referees.
  • 7U - No referee is used; coaches shall help players to follow the Laws of the Game.
  • 6U - No referee is used; coaches shall help players to follow the Laws of the Game.
  • Referees must wear full uniform (jersey, black shorts, and 3-strip socks) and AYSO badge.

Point Deduction (included in Sportsmanship Points): (for 14U, 12U, and 10U only)

  • One Point deduction for each missing certified referee for all scheduled games (including friendly games).
  • Point deduction may be applied to referees without proper uniform and/or required AYSO badge.

Tie Breaker: (for Playoffs)

1.  Total Points
2.  
Fewest Goals Allowed (GA).
3.  
Head to Head match up
4.  Coin Toss

Red Card Ejection: (for 14U, 12U only)

  • Player must sit out the remaining of the game and cannot participate the post-game hand-shaking.
  • Player must also appear and sit out the following game; Player did not show up for the full length of the following game will continue to sit out.
  • U-10 - Yellow/Red Cards shall not be given to U-10 players; Coaches shall remove the player if he/she is out of control.

Lineup Cards & Reporting Game Results:

  • Team information on Lineup Cards must be completed prior to the game (use the ones printed from Team Management Site; 10U+ teams must print BOTH sides of the Lineup Card).
  • Lineup Cards must be completed by referees with names/teams PRINTED.
  • Lineup Cards must record the final scores and any Yellow/Red Cards, and/or Coaches/Spectators ejection.
  • Lineup Cards must be returned to Division Coordinator on the same day.
  • Incident Report must be filed by coaches for any injury, threat, and/or property damage.
  • Referee Match Report must be filed if there is any ejection and/or serious incident.
  • 14U, 12U, and 10U - Coaches must report game results through communicated method.

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