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General Rule Guidance

General

  • Deliberate heading is NOT allowed in divisions 7U, 8U, 10U and 12U. Referees should warn the player to not play with the head and give free kick to opponents (Indirect).
  • In AYSO Region 35 (& Area 2J) Core games, every available and fit player should play 3 quarters of a game.
  • No jewellery including ear rings, bracelets, watches and necklaces are allowed during games.
  • Shin guards are required and should be worn inside socks.
  • Baseball cleats are not safe and hence not allowed. It is okay to play with normal shoes if soccer cleats are not available.
  • Team winning coin toss can choose side or to kickoff in the first half (new since fall 2019).

10U Division

  • No deliberate heading. Violation is IFK to opposing team. Also, warn the player to avoid playing with the head.
  • Games involve 2 x 25min halves with substitution at the quarters i.e. around 12.5th, halftime & 37.5th min.
  • Goal keeper can NOT punt or drop kick the ball. Rule is to restart with IFK. But follow the spirit of the game in the initial weeks as everyone is learning and adapting.
  • A new Build Out line, equidistant from halfway line and the penalty area line, will be used. If line does not exist, flat cones can be placed for identification.
  • If the Goal keeper has possession of the ball (her/his hands), opponents must retreat behind build out line. Violation can be penalized with IFK for defending team at BOL. Referees to be flexible.
  • Following possession of the ball with hand, the Goal keeper can throw, roll or pass the ball to a team mate inside the build out line.
  • The 6 second goal keeper possession will not start after opponents retreat behind build out line. We normally will not enforce this in small sided games anyway.
  • On Goal Kicks, opponents must retreat behind build out line. The opponents can cross BOL once the ball is in play i.e. kicked and clearly moves (modified since fall 2019).
  • An attacker is NOT in an offside position if they have not crossed the build out line.
  • Early on during the season, referees may have to guide both attacking and defending players in executing the rule changes.
  • Games are normally played 7 players Vs 7 players.
  • A team must have a minimum of 5 available players to count as a game. Else, you should still allow them to play as a scrimmage.
  • A size 4 ball is used for 10U games. Ball is normally provided by the home team. If not available, check with the away team.

12U Division

  • No deliberate heading. Violation is IFK to opposing team. Also, warn the player to avoid playing with the head.
  • Goal keeper can punt the ball (changed from the previous 2 seasons).
  • Games involve 2 x 30min halves with substitution at the quarters i.e. around 15th, halftime & 45th min.
  • Games are normally played 9 players Vs 9 players
  • A team must have a minimum of 6 available players to count as a game. Else, you should still allow them to play as a scrimmage.
  • A size 4 ball is used for 12U games.

7U/8U Divisions

  • R35 WILL continue to use THROW-INs when the ball crosses the touch line (side line). If you referee in another region, check the local rules (for e.g. R64 may do throw-ins while R44 may do kick-ins).
  • No Goal keepers.
  • Games involve 2 x 20min halves with substitution at the quarters i.e. around 10th min, halftime & 30th min.
  • A size 3 ball is used and is normally provided by the home team. If not available, check with the away team. If still no playable ball of size 3 is available, check the next available size.
  • No deliberate heading. Violation is IFK to opposing team. Also, warn the player to avoid playing with the head.
  • No offside in these divisions.
  • May play 4v4 or 5v5 or 6v6 games. The Division managers would have worked with the coaches on this.
  • All Free kicks are Indirect Free Kicks (IFK). No penalty kicks.
  • Single Referee.

14U Divisions

  • A size 5 ball is used.
  • Each team will play with 11 players in the field.
  • Minimum number of player for a game is 7. If not available, play a scrimmage.
  • Games involve 2 x 35min halves.
  • Substitutions at quarters and half-time.

16U/19U Divisions

  • Generally free substitutions. Check with league rules.
  • Games involve 2 x 40min halves (sometimes 2x 45min halves for 19U).
  • A size 5 ball is used.
  • Each team will play with 11 players in the field.
  • Minimum number of player for a game is 7. If not available, play a scrimmage.

14_19U Division (Spring Brad's League)

  • Free substitutions at any time
  • Games involve 2 x 40min halves.
  • A size 5 ball is used.
  • Each team will play with 11 players in the field.
  • Minimum number of player for a game is 7. If not available, play a scrimmage.

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