Youth Soccer League Rules

    The Field

  • The field dimensions will be: length 40-45 yd – width 25-30 yd
  • The goal size will be: 6ft high by 12ft wide
  • Ball size: 4 (YSI will supply the game ball)
  • Standards of Play

  • Game duration: Two 25 minute halves
  • 6v6 format
  • Max/Min number of players per roster – 12/8
  • Game can be played with a minimum of 5 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
  • Build Out Line – Horizontal Line located on each half between the penalty box and the half line
    1. The build out line is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting
    2. When the goalkeeper has the ball, in hand during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the player from the other team receives a pass from the goalie
    3. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate (punting and dropkicks are not allowed)
    4. After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper and a teammate receives the pass, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal
    5. The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the player from the other team receives a pass from the goalie
    6. If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
    7. If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken outside the box parallel to where the infringement occurred
  • No Offside
  • No punts/No drop kicks
  • No sliding 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 hand.  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. Starting somewhere between goal post and outside box. No direct goals can be scored from a goal kick
  • A penalty will be called if:
    1. A defending player handles the ball with any part of the arm, from the tips of a player’s fingers right up to the shoulder inside the goal box
    2. A player commits a foul preventing the opposite team from having a clear goal opportunity
  • If game is tied (and only in elimination games), penalty shots will be taken from the opposite end goal, All three field players at the time will shoot, if there is a tie, then rest of players will shoot until a team misses one
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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