CYSA SOCCER RULES
These rules are for recreational play only and do not apply for tournaments.
LAW ( I ) THE FIELD
LAW ( II ) THE BALL
LAW ( III ) NUMBERS OF PLAYERS ON THE FIELD
U10 Boys & Girls 7v7 (6 + Goalie)
U-12 Boys & Girls 9v9 (8 + Goalie)
U13/16 Varies on season and number of players in division. Will start 9v9 and move up to 11v11 as more player join.
LAW (IV) PLAYER’S EQUIPMENT
Shoes (Tennis shoes, Soft cleats – NO toe cleats)
Shin Guards (Mandatory for practice and games.)
Soccer socks OVER shin guards.
Uniform (2 Jerseys, home/away, shorts) – bought through the registrarion process or here.
ALL jewelry must be removed before playing. Only exceptions: New pierced ears. Bandages must be applied, covering earrings completely. Medical bracelets must be taped down.
LAW (V) REFEREE (Powers and Duties)
The referee has the power to show yellow or red cards and, where competition rules permit, temporarily dismiss a player, from entering the field at the start of the match until after the match has ended, including during the half-time interval, extra time and kicks from the penalty mark.
A temporary dismissal is when a player commits a cautionable (YC) offence and is punished by an immediate ‘suspension’ from participating in the next part of that match. The philosophy is that an ‘instant punishment’ can have a significant and immediate positive influence on the behaviour of the offending player and, potentially, the player’s team.
The national FA, confederation or FIFA should approve (for publication in the competition rules) a temporary dismissal protocol within the following guidelines:
Temporary dismissals apply to all players (including goalkeepers) but not for cautionable offences (YCs) committed by a substitute or substituted player
The referee will indicate a temporary dismissal by showing a yellow card (YC) and then clearly pointing with both arms to the temporary dismissal area (usually the player’s technical area)
The temporary dismissal period
The length of the temporary dismissal is the same for all offences
The length of the temporary dismissal should be between 10–15% of the total playing time (e.g. 10 minutes in a 90-minute match; 8 minutes in an 80-minute match)
The temporary dismissal period begins when play restarts after the player has left the field of play
The referee should include in the temporary dismissal period any time ‘lost’ for a stoppage for which ‘additional time’ will be allowed at the end of the half (e.g. substitution, injury etc...)
Competitions must decide who will help the referee time the dismissal period – it could be the responsibility of a delegate, 4th official or neutral assistant referee; conversely it could be a team official
Once the temporary dismissal period has been completed, the player can return from the touchline with the referee’s permission, which can be given while the ball is in play
The referee has the final decision as to when the player can return
A temporarily dismissed player can not be substituted until the end of the temporary dismissal period (but not if the team has used all its permitted substitutes)
If a temporary dismissal period has not been completed at the end of the first half (or the end of the second half when extra time is to be played) the remaining part of the temporary dismissal period is served from the start of the second half (start of extra time)
A player who is still serving a temporary dismissal at the end of the match is permitted to take part in kicks from the penalty mark (penalties)
Temporary dismissal area
A temporarily dismissed player should remain within the technical area (where one exists) or with the team’s coach/technical staff, unless ‘warming up’ (under the same conditions as a substitute)
Offences during a temporary dismissal
A temporarily dismissed player who commits a cautionable (YC) or sending-off (RC) offence during their temporary dismissal period will take no further part in the match and may not be replaced or substituted
Further disciplinary action
Competitions/national FAs will decide if temporary dismissals must be reported to the appropriate authorities and whether any further disciplinary action may be taken e.g. suspension for accumulating a number of temporary dismissals, as with cautions (YCs)
Temporary dismissal systems
A competition may use one of the following temporary dismissal systems:
System A – for all cautions (YCs)
System B – for some but not all cautions (YCs)
System A – temporary dismissal for all cautions (YCs)
All cautions (YCs) are punished with a temporary dismissal
A player who receives a second caution (YC) in the same match:
will receive a second temporary dismissal and then takes no further part in the match
may be replaced by a substitute at the end of the second temporary dismissal period if the player’s team has not used its maximum number of substitutes (this is because the team has already been ‘punished’ by playing without that player for 2 x temporary dismissal periods)
System B – temporary dismissal for some but not all cautions (YCs)*
A pre-defined list of cautionable (YC) offences will be punished by a temporary dismissal
All other cautionable offences are punished with a caution (YC)
A player who has been temporarily dismissed and then receives a caution (YC) continues playing
A player who has received a caution (YC) and then receives a temporary dismissal can continue playing after the end of the temporary dismissal period
A player who receives a second temporary dismissal in the same match will serve the temporary dismissal and then takes no further part in the match. The player may be replaced by a substitute at the end of the second temporary dismissal period if the player’s team has not used its maximum number of substitutes but a player who has also received a non-temporary dismissal caution (YC) may not be replaced or substituted
A player who receives a second caution (YC) in the same match will be sent off and takes no further part in the match and may not be replaced/substituted
*Some competitions may find it valuable to use temporary dismissals only for cautions (YCs) for offences relating to ‘inappropriate’ behaviour, e.g.
Deliberately delaying the opposing team’s restart of the match
Dissent or verbal comments or gestures
Stopping a promising attack by holding, pulling, pushing or handball
Kicker illegally feinting at a penalty kick
LAW (VI) LINESPERSON
U-6 and U-8 and U-10 girls will have center official only
LAW (VII) DURATION OF GAME
20 minute halves
5 minute half time
20 minute halves
5 minute half time
25 minute halves
5 minute half time
30 minute halves
5 minute half time
35 minute halves
5 minute half time
LAW ( VIII ) THE START OF PLAY
Opponents must be outside the circle while kick-off is in progress.
Kick the ball into the opponents half of field. The initial kicker may not kick the ball a second time until it is played or touched by a second player.
U-6 and U-8 – EVERYTHING is Indirect, so, a player can’t score on a kick-off, kick-in/throw-in, penalty kick, etc. unless the ball touches another player.
LAW ( IX ) BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY
Ball is in play until it entirely crosses the touch line or goal line or until the referee stops play by blowing a whistle.
LAW ( X ) METHOD OF SCORING
Ball must cross goal line ENTIRELY between goal posts and under cross bar.
U-8 – ALL players on scoring team must be on scoring side to score.
LAW ( XI ) OFF-SIDE
U-6 – None
U-8 – Obvious Off-side only
U-10 and up – Conform to FIFA
LAW ( XII ) FOULS & MISCONDUCT
Penalty Fouls – a direct free kick is awarded:
kicking or trying to kick an opponent,
tripping (whether or not he/she falls down),
jumping at a player,
charging from behind,
charging violently or dangerously,
hitting or trying to hit,
holding and pushing,
handling the ball deliberately. (consists of shoulder to fingertip)
Non Penalty Fouls – an indirect free kick is awarded:
dangerous play (headers, high kicks, trying to play ball in goal keeper’s hands),
fair charging-shoulder to shoulder,
charging the goalkeeper,
goalkeeper takes more than 6 seconds while controlling the ball with hands,
C.A referee should not stop play to punish a foul if in HIS/HER opinion the fouled team is better off if play continues. This is called “ADVANTAGE.”
D. U10 changes – Conform to the FIFA Laws of the Game with the exception that an indirect free kick Is awarded to the opposing team at the spot of the offense if a goalkeeper punts or drop-kicks the ball. If the punt occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred. When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header 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.
LAW (XIII ) COACHING
Coaches must coach the players in a positive way only.
Each player must play 50% of the game
LAW ( XIV ) PENALTY KICK
U-6 & U-8 this is not used,
U-10 & up: if a player commits a penalty foul in his/her own penalty area, the fouled team is given a penalty kick from the penalty mark.
LAW ( XV ) THROW IN
U-6 kick in only
.After ball is kicked in the kicker may not touch the ball again until touched by another player.
U-8 second chance throw in,
U-10 and up: one throw in,
. Both feet must be on the ground,
. Ball and hands must come all the way over the head.
LAW ( XVI ) GOAL KICK
Goal kick restarts the game after the ball entirely crosses the goal line and is last touched by an opponent.
Goal kick may be taken from any point inside the goal area.
U6 & U8 – Goal kicks are taken from the middle of the Goal line on the side that the ball went out on. Opponents must be 4 ft back.
Opponents must be outside the penalty area.
D. U10 will have a BUILD OUT LINE. Build Out Lines will be marked 14 yards from each goal line. When a goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team will move behind the build out line. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass or throw/roll the ball to a teammate (no punting). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal. Any additional changes concerning the build out line will be passed along as they are available.
LAW ( XVII ) CORNER KICK
Corner kick restarts the game after the ball entirely crosses the goal line and is last touched by a defender.
The ball must be placed inside the corner area.
Kick is taken by opponent.
LAW (XVIII) PLAYER SUBSTITUTION (Referee permission!!!)
U6 and U8
Anytime game stops
U10 & UP
On any goal kick.
Your throw in.
When time has been called for an injured player – that player must be
After a goal has been scored.
LAW (XIV) HEADERS
Headers will not be allowed in Divisions U10 and under. In game play, deliberately heading the ball is considered dangerous play. The re-start for dangerous play is an indirect free kick, to the opposing team at the place where the foul occurred.
LAW (XV) DEAD ZONE – U6 AND U8
This zone looks like a goal box and is located in front of the goal. This zone is placed there for the player’s safety. We don’t want players running into the goal posts.
Players can not kick the ball once it has gone into the box.
Offensive player kicks the ball while in the box.
Referee awards a goal kick..
Defensive player kicks the ball while in the box.
If it was a scoring shot, the referee awards a goal.
If the ball didn’t look like it would have gone in, the referee awards a corner kick.
Ball stops in the box. It is considered out. Award the kick accordingly.
Defender kicked it last – a corner kick.
Offender kicked it last – a goal kick.
These calls are the referee’s decision and are final! If a coach or parent persistently argues with the official, a card may be given to the coach.