- What Division are we in?
- Who is our Division Head? How do I contact them?
- Where do we play?
- What day do we play on?
- What special rules apply to us? How many players? Can we wear cleats? When do we add goalkeepers? What size ball should we get?
These are just some of the questions that you have been asking. Here is where you will find most of your divsional questions answered. If you don't see it here, you can check other areas on the site and you can also ask your friendly and knowledgable Division Head!!
Some Divisional Rules
U-6: does not use corner kicks, goal kicks or goal areas. If the ball crosses the goal line without a goal being scored within five yards of the goal, the kick-in should be made from the goal line five yards from the goal. Defenders should all be at least six yards away from the ball upon the placement of the ball for the kick-in, free kicks and kick offs. A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-in. If a throw-in is done improperly, the Referee allows play to continue, under the principle that the important thing here is just to get the game restarted. Half time would be a good opportunity to demonstrate to the players and the coaches what constitutes a proper throw-in.
U-7 and U-8: goal areas extend from the goal line to four yards out, and should be marked with cones on the touch line. The goal area should be approximately 10 yards wide, centered on the center of the goal, and can again be marked with cones. Goal kicks have to take place from within (or on the theoretical lines of) the goal area. Defenders should all be at least six yards away from the ball upon the placement of the ball for the kick off, free kicks, goal kicks and corner kicks. Throw-ins, corner kicks and goal kicks are used to restart play after the ball entirely leaves the field without a goal having been scored. If a throw-in is done improperly, the Referee allows a “do-over”; if it is done improperly the second time, play is allowed to continue.
U-9 to U-11: Same as U7 and U8, except that:
- Goal area is wider - approximately 12 yards wide
- The penalty mark is eight yards from the goal line (used for penalty shots)
- The penalty area extends to 12 yards from the goal line and is approximately 25 yards wide. In the penalty area the keeper can use his hands to touch the ball, and penal fouls on the defending team result in a penalty kick. On goal kicks, the ball must leave both the goal area and the penalty area before the ball is properly restarted.
- The goal area, penalty area and halfway lines should both be marked with cones.
- No “do-overs” on throw-ins
- Defenders should maintain a distance of at least eight yards from the ball on kick offs, free kicks, goal kicks and corner kicks
U12 to U19: Same as U9-U11, except that:
- Fields are generally larger and the goal area, penalty mark and penalty areas are clearly marked at larger dimensions that are generally proportionate with the larger fields. Note that when we play sideways across turf fields, cones will need to be used to indicate the goal area and penalty area, as well as the halfway line.
- The penalty mark is 12 yards from the goal line
- Defenders should maintain a distance of at least 10 yards from the ball on kick offs, free kicks, goal kicks and corner kicks.
- The goal keeper is permitted to play more than a half in goal, as much as the entire game if they wish.