Short Sided Games: U-6 Guidelines

  1. THE FIELD
      Dimensions: Maximum 30 yards long and 15 yards wide (90 ft x 45ft)
      Markings: Distinctive lines not required. Field can be marked using 10 flat pro-cones and four regular cones
      Goals: Maximum 4 feet high and 6 feet wide (4′ x 6′)
  2. THE BALL
      Size three (3)
  3. NUMBER OF PLAYERS PER TEAM
        Maximum number of players on the field at any time: three (3);

     no goalkeepers

      Maximum number of players on roster: five (5)
      Substitutions: Halfway through each period and at halftime
      Playing time: Minimum of 50% of the total playing time for each player and 75% when possible. No one should play four periods until everyone has played three
      No co-ed teams. Separate girls teams should be promoted at this level of play
  4. PLAYERS’EQUIPMENT
      Footwear: Tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes
      Shin guards: MANDATORY for both practices and games
  5. REFEREE
        The referee could be either a Coach or parent.  Referees should emphasize

          fun
          Fairness
          Safety
          Learning

    NOTE: Referees should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and help players with instructions. All referees must be registered AYSO volunteers.

  6. DURATION OF GAME
      Four 5 minute “quarters”
      Halftime breaks of five to ten minutes
  7. THE START OF PLAY
      The game should be started with a free kick in the middle of the field. The coaches should determine which team starts the game and the opposing team should start the second half.
      The referee will ensure that opponents are at least five (5) yards from the spot of the free kick
  8. BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY:
      When the whole ball passes over the touchline, either on the ground or in the air, a player of the opposite team should throw it in from where the ball crossed the line. When the whole ball passes over the goal line (not into the goal), it should be kicked into play by a player of the opposing team from where the ball crossed the line
  9. METHOD OF SCORING
      No change from regular play. Score not kept
  10. FOULS & MISCONDUCT
      Fouls not generally called at this level.
      If foul is called, Referee should explain ALL infractions

AYSO RECOMMENDATIONS

      Region standings are not recorded
      Game scores are not recorded
      Parents, coaches, and players from both teams exchange handshakes before and/or after each game
      No individual should be allowed to run the length of the field except participants of the game
      Parents and coaches should encourage players, but not coach or instruct during game time
      Spectators are not allowed behind either goal or within three (3) yards outside the touchline

 

AYSO-Short Sided Games: U-8 Guidelines
  1. THE FIELD
      Dimensions: Maximum 50 yards long by 25 yards wide (150 ft x 75 ft)
      Markings: Distinctive lines recommended. Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant
      between the goal line. Center circle with a six-yard radius in the center of the field. Corner arcs with a one-yard radius at each corner of the field. Goal area in front of each goal measuring 6 yards by 12 yards (18 ft x 36 ft)
      Goals: Maximum 6 feet high by 6 yards wide (6 ft x 18 ft)
  2. THE BALL
      Size three (3)

     

  3. NUMBER OF PLAYERS PER TEAM
        Maximum number of players on the field at any time: five (5);

     *no goalkeeper

      Maximum number of players on roster: seven (7)
      Substitutions: Halfway through each period and at halftime
      Playing time: Minimum of 50% of the total playing time for each player and 75% when possible. For Region 599, No one should play four periods until everyone has played three
      No co-ed teams. Separate girls teams should be promoted at this level of play

     

  4. PLAYERS’EQUIPMENT
      Footwear: Tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes
      Shin guards: MANDATORY for both practices and games

     

  5. REFEREE
        The referee could be either a Registered Referee, Youth Referee, or U-8 Referee. A Coach or parent will be used if no referee is available. Referees should emphasize:

          fun
          Fairness
          Safety
          Learning

    NOTE: Referees should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and help players with instructions. All referees must be registered AYSO volunteers. Referee decisions are final and must not be questioned by coaches

     

  6. ASSISTANT REFEREES
      None
  7. DURATION OF GAME
      Two (up to) 20 minute periods. The game may be shortened if the overall game schedule is falling behind for the day.
      Halftime breaks of up to five minutes

     

  8. THE START OF PLAY
      No change from regular play except that opponents must be six (6) yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

     

  9. BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY:
      No change from regular play

     

  10. METHOD OF SCORING
      No change from regular play.

     

  11. OFFSIDE
      There should be no offside called

     

  12. FOULS & MISCONDUCT
      No change from regular play except: Direct free kick for all fouls, with the opponents six (6) yards away Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs. Do not show yellow or red cards.

     

  13. FREE KICKS
      All kicks are *direct* free kicks
      Free kicks awarded the attacking team inside the defending team’s goal area should be taken from the nearest point on the goal area line in front of the goal.

     

  14. PENALTY KICKS No penalty kicks
  15. THROW-IN
      A second throw-in should be allowed if the player commits a foul on the initial attempt. The referee should explain the proper method before allowing the player to re-throw.

     

  16. GOAL KICK
      May be taken from any point inside the goal area. Opponents must be six (6) yards away from ball

     

  17. CORNER KICK
      No change from regular play, except that opponents must be eight (8) yards from the ball

     

AYSO RECOMMENDATIONS

    • Region standings are not recorded
    • Game scores are not recorded
    • Parents, coaches, and players from both teams exchange handshakes before and/or after each game
    • No individual should be allowed to run the length of the field except participants of the game
    • Parents and coaches should encourage players, but not coach or instruct during game time
    • Spectators are not allowed behind either goal or within three (3) yards outside the touchline