YSI DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE 5-6 RULE BOOK

Youth Soccer League Rules

    The Field

  • The field dimensions will be: length 25-35 yd, width 15-25 yd
  • The goal size will be a maximum of 4ft high by 6ft wide
  • Ball size 3 (YSI will supply the game ball)
  • Standards of Play

  • Game duration: Two 20 minute halves (5-6)
  • 4v4 format
  • Max/Min number of players per roster – 8/6
  • No goalies
  • Game can be played with a minimum of 3 players on the field
  • Free subs – unlimited and can occur at any time, always from the middle of field
  • If a team does not show up 7 minutes after the scheduled game it will be considered a forfeit
  • Ball starts from center and will be played from the center after every goal scored
  • All fouls are indirect
  • No penalties. A foul inside the box will be taken out of the box
  • No offsides
  • No punts
  • No slide-tackles (Sliding will result in a foul)
  • No headers (indirect free kick awarded to other team)
  • Opponent should be approximately 3 yd away from the ball on all restarts
  • Throw-ins will be taken by foot
  • A direct goal can be scored from a corner, not from a throw-in
  • Goal kicks will be taken by foot whenever the ball goes out of the end line. Goal kicks will start somewhere between goal post and outside box. No direct goals can be scored from a goal kick
  • League Format

  • During the regular season:
    1. A win will result in 3 points
    2. A tie will result in 1 point
    3. A loss will result in 0 points
  • If at the end of a regular season two teams end with same amount of points, the tiebreaker will be decided by goal average on head-to-head. If the result is still a tie, then the team who scored more goals overall wins the tiebreaker
  • Once regular season ends, there will be a playoff system where the best 4 teams will play:
    1. Semifinal 1: 1st vs. 4th
    2. Semifinal 2: 2nd vs. 3rd
  • The winning team in semifinals will advance to the final game
  • The losing team in semifinals will play the 3rd and 4th place game
  • Trophy and medals for 1st place, only medals for 2nd place
  • Player’s Equipment

  • Shin guards are mandatory (players without shin guards can’t play)
  • Only turf shoes are allowed on the field (NO CLEATS)
  • Matching team jerseys (field players)
  • The Referee

  • One referee per game
  • A coin is tossed (by referee) in presence of both team captains and the team that wins the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first half of the match. The other team takes the kick-off to start the match. The team that wins the toss takes the kick-off to start the second half of the match. In the second half of the match, the teams change ends and attack the opposite goals.
  • The referee is the authority on the field, and his word is the law
  • If referee considers a foul to be out of context and dangerous, the player committing the foul will have to be replaced immediately and wait for 15 minutes to be able to come back in, if the same player comes back during the same game and commits a second dangerous infraction then he/she will be substituted indefinitely for the game