U10 (7v7) Modified Laws

OPEN YOUTH LEAGUE

U10 RULES SUMMARY (Revised April 2, 2016)

Rules Reference: See Full PDF presentation at the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives Page
-7v7 (includes goalies)  (minimum roster: 7);
-Ball Size: 4;
-Field Size: See here.
-Goal Size: 6.5 feet X 18.5 feet
-Penalty Area: 10 yards (perpendicular from goal line) X 20 yards
-Build out line: equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the center line. Why these lines? Read pages 29-33 of the USSF PDI (Player Development Initiative)
-Duration: 25 minutes halves (Rest between Halves: 10 minutes)
-Offside Rule in place
-No heading allowed. (This is from the new US Soccer rules as part of the player development initiatives: U10 and younger. shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games).
-5 yards wall distance

LAW BY LAW

U10 modified laws

Law 1: The field of play (DEVELOPMENT FIELD)

 

See Field dimensions here.

Goals will be 6.5′ tall by 18.5′ wide.

Center Circle is optional (5 yards radious).

Penalty Area: 10 yards (perpendicular from goal line) X 20 yards. (Note: goal kick restarts anywhere inside).

Penalty Kick Mark: 7 yards

-Build out line: equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the center line. Why these lines? Read pages 29-33 of the USSF PDI (Player Development Initiative)

Law 2: The ball

Size #4 balls will be used.

Law 3: The number of players

Maximum of 7 players and minimum of 5. Unlimited substitutions with unlimited re-entry.
Otherwise per FIFA

Law 4: The players equipment

As per FIFA, no modifications.

Law 5: The referee

Otherwise, as per FIFA, no modifications.

Law 6: The assistant referee

Assistant Referees are not mandatory at this age. Otherwise, as per FIFA, no modifications.

Law 7: The duration of the match

25 minutes halves with 10 minutes half time. Otherwise per FIFA.

Law 8: The start and restart of play

As per FIFA

Law 9: The ball in and out of play

As per FIFA, no modifications.

Law 10: The method of scoring

As per FIFA, no modifications.

Law 11: Offside

As per FIFA.

Law 12: Fouls and misconduct

No slide tackling is allowed.

If it is determined by the referee that a player INTENTIONALLY headed the ball, this will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team from the spot of the infringement.

Otherwise as per FIFA.

Law 13: Free kicks

Walls will be placed 5 yards from the ball.

As per FIFA, no modifications.

Law 14: The penalty kick

As per FIFA.

Penalty Kick Mark: 7 yards

Law 15: The thrown-in

As per FIFA, no modifications.

Law 16: The goal kick

As per FIFA.

Law 17: The corner kick

As per FIFA, no modifications.

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