U8 Soccer Rules

Every league is different, although most soccer leagues will follow the FIFA Laws of the Game and a specific organization like the United State Youth Soccer Association or AYSO. Below you will find what we think is the best way to manage U8 soccer games through defined rules. We would encourage you to check other soccer rule sources to find the optimal mix for your own U8 soccer league.

U8 Soccer Field Of Play Recommendations:

50×30 (dimensions length x width in yards)

The size of the ball should be as follows:

Size 3

The number of players required for a game:

5 players, four players and a goal keeper
Minimum of three players to start

Free Substitution may be made at the following times:

- On your team’s throw in
- Due to an injury, the referee may not allow the substitution if he feels
-  On any goal kick
- After a goal has been scored
- At the start of a half of quarter
- that it is being used as a delay of game tactic.
- enter the field of play, then your team may substitute also.

Playing Time:

- All players shall play a minimum of 50% of the game.

Players Equipment

- All players shall wear the same
- Shoes with metal bars or metal cleats shall not be permitted.
- Players may not play with anything that in referee’s judgment presents a safety hazard.
- Players must wear shin guards during practice and game.

Referees

-  Referees must wear the official referee’s uniform
- The referee assigned to a game shall be the sole judge on the field of play and their decisions shall be final
-  The referee shall terminate play immediately should there be any cause either in weather or field conditions which could represent a potential hazard to the players.
- The referee may also remove from the field any player, coach, or spectator who represents a hazard to the players,  the coaches, spectators, or referee.

Duration of the Game

Four 10 min quarters | (2 min between quarters, 5 min at half)

Start of Play

A.  Teams shall be prepared to start at the scheduled time. Failure to be prepared to start within 15 minutes of the scheduled time shall result in a forfeit for the late team(s).
B.  Each team shall be represented at the match by a coach, assistant coach, or a parent appointed for the game. A team not so represented shall forfeit the match.
C.  Games may be canceled, postponed, or re-scheduled only by the Recreational Committee or a representative of.

Ball In and Out of Play

The ball is out of play:

a.  When it has wholly crossed the goal line or touchline, whether onthe ground or in the air.
b.  When the game has been stopped by the referee.

The ball is in play at all other times from the start of the match to the finish including:

a.  If it rebounds from a goalpost, crossbar or corner flag post into the field of play.
b.  If it rebounds off either the referee or assistant referee if they were on the field of play.
c.  In the event of a supposed infringement of the Laws, until a decision is given.

Scoring

Except as otherwise provided by these Laws, a goal is scored when the whole of the ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the cross-bar, provided it has not been thrown, carried or intentionally propelled by hand or arm, by a player of the attacking side, except in the case of a goalkeeper, who is within his own penalty-area. The team scoring the greater number of goals during a game shall be the winner; if no goals, or an equal number of goals are scored, the game shall be termed a “draw.”

Offside

- No offside in U8 leagues.

Fouls and Misconduct

An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following six offenses in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

1.  kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
2.  trips or attempts to trip an opponent
3.  jumps at an opponent
4.  charges an opponent
5.  strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
6.  pushes an opponent

A indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following four offenses:

1.  tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball
2.  holds an opponent
3.  spits at an opponent
4.  handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area).

A indirect free kick is taken from where the offense occurred.

Penalty Kick:

There will be no penalty kicks taken in U8 divisions.  All kicks awarded due to infractions in these divisions will be indirect free kicks.

Indirect Free Kick

An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any of the following four offenses:

1.  takes more than six seconds while controlling the ball with his hands before releasing it from his possession
2.  touches the ball again with his hands after it has been released from his possession and has not touched any other player
3.  touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate
4.  touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate.

An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player, in the opinion of the referee:

-  plays in a dangerous manner
-  impedes the progress of an opponent

Indirect Free Kick

- prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands;
- commits any other offense, for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player.

The indirect free kick is taken from where the offense occurred.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Only a player or substitute or substituted player may be shown the red or yellow card.  The referee has the authority to take disciplinary sanctions, as from the moment he enters the field of play until he leaves the field of play after the final whistle.

Cautionable Offenses

A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following seven offenses:

1. is guilty of unsporting behavior
2. shows dissent by word or action
3. persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
4. delays the restart of play
5. fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick
6. enters or re-enters the field of play without The Referee’s permission
7. deliberately leaves the field of play without The Referee’s permission

Sending-Off Offenses

A player is sent off and shown the red card if he commits any of the following seven offenses:

1. is guilty of serious foul play
2. is guilty of violent conduct
3. spits at an opponent or any other person
4. denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
5. denies an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by an indirect free kick
6. uses offensive or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
7. receives a second caution in the same match.

A player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area.

Free Kicks

In U8 soccer only indirect free kicks will be taken.

A goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal.

- if an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal kick is awarded.
- If an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the team’s own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team.

Position of Free Kick

Indirect free kick to the defending team:

- all opponents are at least 10 yards from the ball.
- all opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.
- the ball is in play when it is kicked directly beyond the penalty area.
- A free kick awarded in the goal area is taken from any point inside that area

Indirect free kick to the attacking team:

-  all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play,  unless they are on their own goal line between the goalposts.
-  the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.
-  an indirect free kick awarded inside the goal area is taken from that part of the goal area line which runs parallel to the goal line, at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

Free Kick Outside the Penalty Area

-  all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play
-  the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.
-  the free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, when a free kick is taken, an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance:

-  the kick is retaken.

If, when a free kick is taken by the defending team from inside its own penalty area, the ball is not kicked directly into play:

- the kick is retaken.

Free kick taken by a player other than the goalkeeper.

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:

-  an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:

-  a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
-  a penalty kick is awarded if the infringement occurred inside the kicker’s penalty area.

Free kick taken by the goalkeeper

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball a second time (except with his hands), before it has touched another player:

- an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:

-  a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred outside the goalkeeper’s penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
-  an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred inside the goalkeeper’s penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

Penalty Kicks

U8 leagues, all free kicks will be indirect (no penalty kicks)

Throw-ins

1. A throw-in is a method of restarting play.
2. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.

A throw-in is awarded:

-  when the whole of the ball passes over the touch line, either on the ground or in the air;
-  from the point where it crossed the touch line;
-  to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball

Procedure

At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower:

-  faces the field of play;
-  has part of each foot either on the touch line or on the ground outside the touch line
-  uses both hands
-  delivers the ball from behind and over his head

The thrower may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. All opponents must stand no less than 2 meters from the point at which the throw-in is taken.  The ball is in play immediately after it enters the field of play.  If, after the ball is in play, the thrower touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:

-  an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the

place where the infringement occurred If, after the ball is in play, the thrower deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:

-  an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken

If an opponent unfairly distracts or impedes the thrower:

-  he is cautioned for unsporting behavior and shown the yellow card.

For any other infringement of this Law:

-  the throw-in is taken by a player of the opposing team.

Goal Kicks

1. A goal kick is a method of restarting play.
2. A goal may be scored directly from a goal kick, but only against the opposing team.

A goal kick is awarded when:

-  the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored.

Procedure

-  The ball is kicked from any point within the goal area by a player of the defending team.
-  Opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.
-  The kicker does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player.
-  The ball is in play when it is kicked directly beyond the penalty area.

Goal kick taken by the goalkeeper:

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:

-  an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player
-  an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred outside the goalkeeper’s penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
-  an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred inside the goalkeeper’s penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

For any other infringement of this Law:

-  the kick is retaken

Corner Kicks

1. A corner kick is a method of restarting play.
2. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team.

A corner kick is awarded when:

-  the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10.

Procedure

-  The ball is placed inside the corner arc at the nearest corner flag post.
-  The corner flag post is not moved.
-  Opponents remain at least 10 yards from the ball until it is in play.
-  The ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team.
-  The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.
-  The kicker does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player.

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