Rules of the Game by Age Group (Quick Reference)

Rules of the Game as referred by US Youth Soccer

For a complete source of rules in each age group, please CLICK HERE.

Below is a quick reference to Rule 303: 
Length of Games, Overtime Periods and Ball Specifications

Section 1. (a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games, overtime periods, ball size, ball circumference, and ball weight for each age group is as follows: 

Under-14 Two 35' halves Two 10' halves #5 27-28 in. 14-16 ozs.
Under-11 Two 30' halves Two 10' halves #4 25-26 in. 11-13 ozs.      No more than 11, 8 strongly recommended
Under-9 Two 25' halves     NONE #4 25-26 in. 11-13 ozs.      No more than 7, 6 strongly recommended
Under-8 4 -12' quarters NONE #3 23-24 in. 11-12 ozs.      No more than 5, 4 strongly recommended**
Under-6 4 – 6' quarters     NONE #3 23-24 in. 11-12 ozs.      No more than 4, 3 strongly recommended*

*Due to large roster numbers in the Fall 2013 season, we will be playing 5v5 in each game. If a team does not have enough players to substitute at each quarter, 4v4 is recommended. 

**

The U8 Rules will be as follows:

  • 6v6, NO Goalie/Keeper (if the other team does not have enough players for 6v6, please accommodate and put 5v5 on the field)
  • No calling "offsides"
  • No corner kicks
  • The ref has the final say in all matters related to the game in play; refs are aware of the changes that have been made

(b) In tournament play, if the game is still tied after overtime periods, FIFA "Kicks from the Penalty Mark" rules apply to determine the winner.
 

Section 2. 
(a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games, ball size, ball circumference, and ball weight for each age group shall be as follows:

Age Group Game Length Size Circumference Weight
Under-9 As Modified Rules specify #4 25-26 in. 11–13 ozs.
Under-8 As Modified Rules specify #3 23-24 in. 11–13 ozs.
Under-6 As Modified Rules specify #3 23-24 in. 11–13 ozs.

(b) For the Under 9, Under 8, and Under 6 competitions, ties will stand.
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