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7v7 Small Sided Game

7v7 Rules for Small Sided Games

Number of Players:
 7 A-Side
 
Division: U10
 
Positioning: 6 Field Players (2 Defenders, 3 Midfielders, 1 Forward (2-3-1), 3 Defenders, 2 Midfielders, 1 Forward (3-2-1))
 
Goalkeeper: Yes
 
Referees: There will be three referees for all U10 games, unless noted beforehand. Center Referees have the discretion to use club linesmen (volunteer 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 one half of play.
 
Game Length: Each game is divided into two halves, 25 minutes in length. There is 10 minutes break for 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.
 
Offside: Offside will be called by referees. A player is in an offside position if he/she is closer to the opponents goal than any opposing player (excluding the goalkeeper) at the moment the ball is played forward by a member of his/her team. A player can only be in an offside position in the offensive half of the field, and must be behind the defender and closer to the goal in order for the offside call to be made. Even (side-by-side) with the defender is NOT offside. A player is not offside during a throw-in, goal kick, or corner kick. A player not involved, in any way, in the play may not be called for offside at the referees discretion. If offside is called the result is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team from where the player was in the offside position.
 
Penalty Kicks: Penalty kicks will occur if a foul or handling incident occurs in the defending teams penalty area. A penalty kick will be awarded based off the referees discretion, and will take place on the penalty mark. It is taken by a member of the fouled team and must be kicked forward for play to start. All other players are outside the penalty area and arc, and must stay there until it is kicked.
 
***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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