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Division-Specific Adjustments

Division-Specific Adjustments for Region 18

  7/8U 10U 12U 14U 16U 19U
Ball Size 3 4 4 5 5 5
Max/(Min) Players on Field per Team 7 (4) 7 (5) 9 (6) 11 (7) 11 (7) 11 (7)
Maximum Players Per Rostered Side 9 9 12 15 22 22
Increments Halves Halves Halves Halves Halves Halves
Length (mins) 20 25 30 35 40 45
Goalkeeper Yes
Offside No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Build out line Yes Yes No No No No
Headers Allowed No No No Yes Yes Yes
Fouls/Penalty Kicks All kicks indirect, no PKs AYSO Laws

Additional 7/8U Adjustments

  • Coin-toss, game start: Calling for captains and performing the coin toss is optional. To save time, allow visiting team to take first kick-off, and choose sides based on where the teams naturally warm up.
  • Throw-ins: 7U uses pass-ins from the touchline instead of a throw-in. At 8U, throw-ins are required, but referees should be lenient with the form of the throw-in.
  • Slide tackles: No slide tackles permitted for safety reasons. If a player slide tackles without contact, give a verbal warning. If there is contact, award an IFK to the opposing team.
  • All kicks are indirect: This means no goal can be scored directly from the kickoff, goal kick, a restart following an infraction, or a pass-in (7U only). Also, there are no PKs; fouls in the penalty area should be moved to the point on the buildout line nearest the infraction.
  • Goalkeeper safety: Referees should whistle early if a play might result in injury to a goal keeper. While Law 12.2 provides a rigorous definition of goalkeeper possession, referees should err on the side of safety.

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