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Gilbert Youth Soccer Association

Gilbert Youth Soccer Association

U13/U14 Rules


Ball Size:
 Size five (5) for U13 and older
Field Size: 112 yds. x 68 yds.
Goal Size: 8' high x 24' wide

Number of Players:

  1. The maximum number of players on the field per team at any one time is eleven (11). The game is played with a goalkeeper.
  2. The maximum number of players on roster should not exceed eighteen (18).
  4. Substitutions

    With the permission of the referee, substitutions may be made:

    • Prior to a throw-in, by the team possessing the ball. If the team in possession makes a substitution, the opposing team may then make substitutions at that time.
    • By either team prior to a goal kick.
    • After a goal is scored, by either team, prior to the kick-off.
    • After an injury when the referee has stopped play, by either team.
    • When a player has been cautioned. Only the cautioned player may be substituted.
  6. 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 Referee:

  1. A G.Y.S.A. referee will oversee all games. Two linesmen will also assist the referee.
  2. All rule infractions should be briefly explained to the offending player.

Duration of the Game:

  1. The game shall be divided into two (2) thirty-five (35) minute halves.
  2. There shall be a half-time break of five (5) minutes.

The Start of Play:

  1. A coin toss will be conducted at the start of the game. The winner of the coin toss chooses the direction of attack. The opposing team kicks off.
  2. Play is started by kick-off at the center of the field. Opponents must be ten (10) yards from the center mark when the kick-off is taken.
  3. To start the second half, the kick-off is taken by the team that did not take the kick-off at the beginning of the game.

Ball In and Out of Play:

  1. Any ball crossing the touch line will result in a throw-in for the opposing team.
  2. Any ball crossing the goal line will result in a goal kick for the defending team or a corner kick for the attacking team.

Free Kicks:

  1. The referee will indicate whether the free kick is a Direct or Indirect Free Kick.
  2. Penalty Kicks shall be awarded as a result of fouls occurring in the penalty area that would otherwise be a Direct Free Kick.
  3. Opponents must be ten (10) yards away from all free kicks.


The offside rule will be in effect for this age group. Criticism directed to the referee is dissent and will not be tolerated. Please recognize this is the most controversial and disagreed upon in the game of soccer at all levels of play and remember to demonstrate sportsmanship at all times.

Slide Tackling and Dangerous Plays:

Though slide tackling is generally discouraged by G.Y.S.A., the referee may allow slide tackling if it is performed carefully, and without contact between opponents. Rulings on dangerous slide tackles or other dangerous plays are subject to the referee's discretion and will be enforced for the protection of the players.

Misc. Rules:

  • 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.  Please leave the “coaching” to the coaches.
  • All coaches are required to stay within their designated coaching area. The coaching area will be a 10 yard box painted orange from the edge of the center circle toward the goal line.
  • Parents, spectators and coaches should not keep score – leave that to the players.  Seek always to build character through soccer by focusing on the long-term developmental process over the short-term result of a game.


Gilbert Youth Soccer Association (GYSA)
Field Location: 4260 S. Greenfield Rd.Gilbert AZ 85297 
Gilbert, Arizona 85297

Phone: 480-926-0764
Email: [email protected]

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