East Region Soccer League – Rules Summary 2016

Updated May 12th 2016

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Regional

U-14

U-15

U-16

U-17

U-18

Ball Size

# 5

# 5

# 5

# 5

# 5

Offside

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Goal Size (in feet)

24x8

24x8

24x8

24x8

24x8

Length of Halves (Note 1)

45 min

45 min

45 min

45 min

45 min

Minimum Players on Field

7

7

7

7

7

Maximum Players on Field

11

11

11

11

11

Maximum Players on Game sheet

18

18

18

18

18

Distance from Ball on Restarts (in yards)

10

10

10

10

10

Substitution on Stoppage of Play (Note 2)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Substitution on Throw-In at Request of Attacking Team (Note 3)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Substitution on Corner Kick at Request of Attacking Team

No

No

No

No

No

Substitution for Sent Off Players

No

No

No

No

No

Note 1: Should there be a U15/U16 division the game length will be Two x 45 minute halves.

Note 2:    Substitutions permitted on goals, goal kicks, half-time, injuries, and water breaks are common to all age groups.

Note 3:    If the team who is allowed to substitute does so, the other team may also substitute at the same time. All substitutions must be done at the halfway line.

 

District

U-9

U-10

U-11

U-12

U-13

U-14

U-15

U-16

U-17

U-18

Ball Size

# 4

# 4

# 4

# 4

# 5

# 5

# 5

# 5

# 5

# 5

Offside (Note 1)

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Throw-Ins

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Goal Size (in feet)

16x6

16x6

18x6

18x6

24x8

24x8

24x8

24x8

24x8

24x8

Length of  Games

4x12min

4x12min

4x15min

4x15min

2x40min

2x40min

2x40min

2x45min

2x45min

2x45min

Minimum Players on Field

5

5

6

6

7

7

7

7

7

7

Maximum Players on Field

7

7

9

9

11

11

11

11

11

11

Maximum Players on Game sheet

12

12

16

16

18

18

18

18

18

18

Distance from Ball on Restarts (in yards) (*See Note 2)

6

6

6

6

10

10

10

10

10

10

Substitution on Stoppage of Play

Unlimited (any stoppage)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Substitution on Throw-In at Request of Attacking Team (Note 3)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Substitution on Corner Kicks

No

No

No

No

No

No

Substitution for Sent Off Players

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yellow Cards (*See Note 4)

No*

No*

Yes*

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Red Cards (*See Note 5)

No*

No*

Yes*

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

GK may touch ball with hands after deliberately kicked to him by teammate

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Note 1: For U9-U10 referees, at their discretion, will bring cherry picking (playing a player in front of opponent’s goal waiting for the ball when the ball is in player’s own half) to the attention of the offending team’s coach, except on free kicks. The coach is expected to address the situation.

Note 2: For U9-U12 the Opposing Team will retreat to 1/3 of the field on goal kicks and its players may not play the ball until a player from the Kicking Team has played it or the ball crosses the line of retreat. The line of retreat also applies after a save when the ball is in the Goalkeeper’s hands.  In the event that the Goalkeeper chooses to drop the ball to his/her feet, the ball is live, whether or not the opposing team has fully retreated. Violations result in a re-kick for the Kicking Team.

Note 3: If the team who is allowed to substitute does so, the other team may also substitute at the same time.

Note 4: For U9-U10 players are to be replaced if they are acting in such a manner that would normally warrant issuance of a yellow card.
For U11-U12 issuance of a yellow card will also result in a 5-minute suspension to the Player. The player can be substituted.

 

Note 5: For U9-U10 in cases of extreme conduct which would normally warrant issuance of a red card, the Coach is expected to keep the player off the field for the remainder of the game.

 For U11-U12 issuance of a red card will result in the player taking no further part in the game. The player can be substituted.

Penalty areas: For U9 and U10 – 12m x 15m; For U11 and U12 – 13m x 32m

Penalty spot: For U9-U12 the penalty spot will be 9 metres from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them.

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