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4v4 Small Sided Game

4v4 Rules for Small Sided Games

Number of Players:
 4 A-Side
Division: Tiny Canes and U6
Concept: Teams play 4-a-side games so that each player can be involved as much as possible and have more touches on the ball.
Positioning: Field Players
Goalkeeper: None
Referees: Referees are the coaches of the respective teams playing. Coaches not on the field should remain on the sidelines opposite the parents, manage substitutions at the end of each quarter and give praise.
Playing Time: There is a minimum of two quarters playing time for each player.
Game Length: Each game is divided into four quarters, 8 minutes in length. There is a 2 minute rest period between quarters and 5 minutes at halftime.
Ball size: Size 3
Goal Size: 2 x 3
Throw Ins: No throw ins will be taken in the age group. Instead, kick ins will be the alternative. The process involves the kicker trying to pass a ball to one of their teammates. Opposing players must stand a distance away so the ball can be played from the touchline.
Goal kicks: Goal kicks are taken when the opposing team kicks the ball across the defending teams end-line. The opposing team must stand behind the halfway line while the kick is taken. The other players position themselves between the ball and the opponents so that they can be first to the ball.
Corner Kicks: No corner kicks taken in Tiny Canes or U6.
Fouls: Fouls such as handballs, tripping and pushing will occasionally occur, most times unintentionally. If an obvious foul occurs (at the discretion of the coaches) then a indirect free kick will be awarded.
Off-side: Not applicable.
Penalty Kicks: not applicable, all kicks will be indirect.
At age group divisions U11 and younger- Whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped.  The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head.  If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team.  If this occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.  If the play by the head is deemed inadvertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.
It is essential that all referees who are assigned U11 and younger matches understand that per the change in the rules of the competitions play must be stopped any time the ball strikes the head.  This is NON-NEGOTIABLE AND MUST BE ENFORCED.
Thank you for helping to keep our young players safe.
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