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6v6 Small Sided Game

6v6 Rules for Small Sided Games

Number of Players:
 6 A-Side
 
Division: U8
 
Positioning: 5 Field Players (2 Defenders, 3 Attackers (2-3) or 1 Defender, 3 Midfielders and 1 Attacker (1-3-1))
 
Goalkeeper: Yes
 
Referees: Referees can be kids or adults, depending on the assignments given. Please keep in mind that these referees are also teaching the game to the kids as well, and while they may not give every call, they are doing the best they can. Please allow them to do their job. Any questions should be directed to our referee assignor, Harry Lance.
 
Playing Time: There is a minimum of two quarters playing time for each player.
 
Game Length: Each game is divided into four quarters, 10 minutes in length. There is a 2 minute rest period between quarters and 5 minutes at halftime.
 
Ball size: Size 4
 
Goal Size: 6 x18
 
Throw Ins: Throw ins will be taken in the age group. They are taken when the opposing team kicks the ball out of the touchline. The player taking the throw in must keep both feet on the ground, the ball thrown from behind and over their head in a continuous forward motion.
 
Goal kicks: Goal kicks are taken when the player for the team in their own half takes the kick from their own goal area.. 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: Corner kicks are taken when the ball crosses the end line and is last touched by the defending team.
 
Fouls: Fouls such as handballs, tripping and pushing will occasionally occur, most times unintentionally. If an obvious foul occurs (at the discretion of the referee) then a direct free kick will be awarded.
 
Off-side: Not applicable.
 
Penalty Kicks: not applicable, all kicks will be indirect.
 
***THERE IS NO HEADING AT THIS AGE.
 
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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