4 V 4 OFFICIAL RULES
5 V 5 OFFICIAL RULES
Ball Size: Size Three (3)
Field Size: 25 yds. X 30 yds.
Goal Size: 5' high x 5' wide
Number of Players:
The maximum number of players on the field per team at any one time is five (5). There is no goalkeeper.
Substitutions are unlimited and are allowed at quarter end and half time, for injuries and during any dead-ball situation including kick-ins, goal kicks, kick-offs, and corner kicks.
Playing Time: Each player shall play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time regardless of skill level, and, as long as the child arrives prepared to play in the proper uniform; is not under disciplinary suspension; is not physically handicapped due to illness or injury.
The coaches or their designees will serve as the referees on the field.
All rule infractions shall be briefly explained to the players.
Duration of the Game:
The game shall be divided into four (4) twelve (12) minute quarters.
There shall be a two (2) minute break between quarters one and two, and between quarters three and four.
There shall be a half-time break of five (5) minutes.
The Start of Play:
Play is started by kick-off at the center of the field at the beginning of each quarter, and after each goal is scored. Opponents must be five (5) yards from the center mark when the kick-off is taken.
Teams shall rotate kick-offs each quarter.
Ball In and Out of Play:
Any ball crossing the touch line will result in a kick-in for the opposing team. Players shall not take throw-ins.
Any ball crossing the goal line will result in a goal kick for the defending team or a corner kick for the attacking team.
Neither attackers nor defenders shall enter the goal arc area (marked) in front of the goal during play. The purpose of this arc is to create an environment with more scoring opportunities for young players and to prevent teams from positioning a defender directly in front of the net. The use of a goalkeeper is not allowed at this age level.
Free kicks are not applicable for this age group. Play should be restarted after a stoppage by coaches as soon as possible to best keep play in progress.
The offside rule is not applicable to this age group.
GYSA encourages healthy and positive sports competition and puts a priority on the developmental process and the quality of play instead of the game outcome. It is not our desire to instill the "killer instinct" in the player, but rather to foster physical fitness, knowledge of the sport, agility, quick thinking and aggressive offensive and defensive play. Dangerous play and/or abusive language to coaches, players, or referees will not be tolerated.
Parents/coaches and spectators should be there to enjoy the game, foster a positive sporting environment and to encourage the activity of all the youngsters participating in the game.
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