Pre-Game: Teams, parents and players will take opposite sides of the field of play.Home team has the option of which side they may choose first. The away team will take the opposite side of the field.
Game Duration:2 - 30 minute halves. 5 minute break at the half.
Players:9v9, 8 field players and 1 goalkeeper (9). The minimum to begin play; 4 field players + 1 goalkeeper (5).
The Offside rule is enforced.
Goal Kicks:The game is re-started with the ball placed anywhere inside the 6yd box. The ball must leave the entire penalty box in order for the ball to be 'live'. If the ball fails to exit the penalty box area, the ball is reset and the attempt is made again.
The passback rule is enforced. This means, the possessing team may play the ball back to their goalkeeper without any penalty, however, the goalkeeper may NOT handle the ball. This is the same directly from a throw-in. The ball must be played by an opposing player last, before the goalkeeper may pick up the ball, or if the ball is last played by the head, chest, thigh or an unintentional back pass by the goalkeepers own team mate.
Throw-Ins:Ball must be re-started with both feet on the ground, ball behind the head and thrown over the head moving forward with both hands. Jumping, kneeling, lifting of either foot, or thrown with one hand is not allowed. If the player fails to re-start the throw-in properly, the ball is awarded to the opposing team and the process starts again. (The 11's & 12's, get 1 crack at throwing it in)
All free kicks are referred to the WSSL Rules of Play and opposing players shall be 8yds from the ball until it has been re-started. A goal may be scored directly from the center spot at the beginning of the game, the re-start of the second half, after a goal has been scored and on a corner kick.
Corner Kicks: Shall be taken with the ball placed anywhere inside the 1yd arc at the corner. The ball may be scored directly from the kick.
Penalty Kick: All players must be outside of the penalty box area with the exception of the goalkeeper and the designated shooter. As long as the players are outside of the box, the kick may be taken. Designated penalty offenses will be referred to the WSSL Rules of Play. A 'hand ball' does not constitute a penalty kick infraction, unless the player DELIBERATELY plays it with their hands. All of the infractions must occur inside the penalty box area to be awarded a penalty kick.
Substitutions: Substitutes shall be allowed in the following circumstances:
a. Prior to a throw in by either team only if the team that has possession of the ball is making a substitution.
b. Prior to a goal kick by either team.
c. Prior to the game being restarted after a goal (kick off) by either team.
d. During the interval between periods by either team. Referee notification is only required when the goalkeeper is substituted at this time.
e. For a player(s) that has received a caution (yellow card) – the opposing may substitute a like number of players.
f. For an injured player(s) – opposing team may substitute a like number of players.
g. For a player(s) who is ejected (red card) from the game - neither team shall substitute, and the offending team shall play the game less the number of player(s) ejected. If, however, the goalkeeper is ejected, a substitute may replace another player of the same team so as to play as the goalkeeper. The offending team must still play with a reduced number of players reflecting the ejection of the goalkeeper.
If a player changes places with the goalkeeper without the referee’s permission, the players concerned and coach will be issued a verbal admonition when the ball is next out of play. No free kick will be awarded, even if the new goalkeeper handles the ball.
Mercy Rule: If a team's goal differential reaches 4 (four), the losing team may add another player on to the field of play to help offset the score and allow the team a chance to lesson the differential. Once the team reaches less than the 4 goal differential, a player must exit the field of play.
Slide tackling is allowed if properly executed.
All whistled calls shall be explained by the acting official to the offending player.
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(These rules will be used for U-11 and U-12 age groups respectively)
U11 Boys, Girls
U12 Boys, Girls
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