2016 Fall U6 Rules of Play - Print Page

These guidelines are based on the AYSO guidelines at www.soccer.org (Coach, short-sided games) and the experience of Region 473

1. The ball is size 3.

2. Number of players:

  • Maximum number of players on the field at any time is 3 per team. There are no goalkeepers.
  • Maximum number of players on the field at any time is 3 per team. There are no goalkeepers.
  • Maximum number of players on the roster is 6
  • Playing time follows AYSO guidelines- Everyone plays at least half a game with no player playing 4 quarters before everyone has played 3.
  • If a team has less than 4 players then it would be preferable to give playing time to players of the other team..

3. Referee

  • The Referee should be a registered volunteer who is a coach, parent or certified referee.
  • The referee should emphasize safety, fairness, fun and learning.
  • The referee should be flexible in calling fouls and can take the occurrence as an opportunity to briefly explain the foul or help the player with instructions. The objective is to keep the game safe and fun with minimal interference.
  • The referee is the only adult on the field.

4. Coaches/Parents

  • Please make sure your child is NOT wearing any jewelry including earrings, watches or braided bracelets or necklaces. No metal barrettes. A terry headband is the best.
  • Shin guards are required for practice and games and must be worn under the socks.
  • Please stay on the touchlines, not on the field and not behind the goal or on the goal line.
  • Call encouragement but not instructions. The players cannot hear them.

5. Structure of the Time Slot

  • The first half of the time slot is for technical development of the players through games and other fun activities.
  • The second half is the game which should be divided into 4 x 5 minute periods with 5 minute halftime and 2-3 minute quarter breaks for substitution.

6. Ball in and out of play

  • When the whole ball crosses the touchline the restart is a throw-in by the opposing team with players a safe distance from the throw-in.
  • When the whole ball crosses the goal line (outside the goal) by a player on the attacking team, the restart is a goal kick from the place it went over the line. All players need to be 5 yards from the placement of the ball.
  • When the whole ball crosses the goal line (outside the goal) by a player on the defending team, the restart is a corner kick. All players need to be 5 yards from the placement of the ball.

7. Fouls and Misconduct

  • The major fouls for this age group is kicking, tripping, pushing, and deliberate hand ball.
  • The restart is an indirect free kick, and the referee should ensure that the players are 5 yards from the free kick spot.

8. EVERYONE

  • Create a developmental, fun, fair and safe environment following AYSO's philosophies.

 

HEADING PROTOCOL: Torrance, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2016)—The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) announced today that its National Board of Directors has passed a change to AYSO’s rules and regulations related to heading in accordance with the U.S. Soccer Federation’s (USSF) Return 2 Recover program. “The safety of the kids who play this beautiful game is our biggest priority and being able to take that and align it with USSF made this an even easier decision,” said Mark Stewart, AYSO National President. The new rule bans heading for all U-11 and below division players. If an AYSO program doesn’t have single age divisions, heading is banned for U-12 and below. Heading for players in U-14 will be limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches in U-13 and above. “It’s important that players learn proper heading technique at the appropriate age. The new heading limits will encourage other control skills,” said Mike Hoyer, Acting National Executive Director. The new policy includes that an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head. This policy was put into effect so referees, coaches and players can all align with the change quicker. Safety is very important to AYSO as a whole. Heading was already banned for U-10 and below and extending it to U-11/U-12 was a way to ensure that players are older and more developed when attempting heading to avoid preventable head injuries. For more information regarding this policy, go to AYSO's Rules and Regulations, Section I.I.

2016 Fall U6 Rules of Play - Print Page

These guidelines are based on the AYSO guidelines at www.soccer.org (Coach, short-sided games) and the experience of Region 473

1. The ball is size 3.

2. Number of players:

  • Maximum number of players on the field at any time is 3 per team. There are no goalkeepers.
  • Maximum number of players on the field at any time is 3 per team. There are no goalkeepers.
  • Maximum number of players on the roster is 6
  • Playing time follows AYSO guidelines- Everyone plays at least half a game with no player playing 4 quarters before everyone has played 3.
  • If a team has less than 4 players then it would be preferable to give playing time to players of the other team..

3. Referee

  • The Referee should be a registered volunteer who is a coach, parent or certified referee.
  • The referee should emphasize safety, fairness, fun and learning.
  • The referee should be flexible in calling fouls and can take the occurrence as an opportunity to briefly explain the foul or help the player with instructions. The objective is to keep the game safe and fun with minimal interference.
  • The referee is the only adult on the field.

4. Coaches/Parents

  • Please make sure your child is NOT wearing any jewelry including earrings, watches or braided bracelets or necklaces. No metal barrettes. A terry headband is the best.
  • Shin guards are required for practice and games and must be worn under the socks.
  • Please stay on the touchlines, not on the field and not behind the goal or on the goal line.
  • Call encouragement but not instructions. The players cannot hear them.

5. Structure of the Time Slot

  • The first half of the time slot is for technical development of the players through games and other fun activities.
  • The second half is the game which should be divided into 4 x 5 minute periods with 5 minute halftime and 2-3 minute quarter breaks for substitution.

6. Ball in and out of play

  • When the whole ball crosses the touchline the restart is a throw-in by the opposing team with players a safe distance from the throw-in.
  • When the whole ball crosses the goal line (outside the goal) by a player on the attacking team, the restart is a goal kick from the place it went over the line. All players need to be 5 yards from the placement of the ball.
  • When the whole ball crosses the goal line (outside the goal) by a player on the defending team, the restart is a corner kick. All players need to be 5 yards from the placement of the ball.

7. Fouls and Misconduct

  • The major fouls for this age group is kicking, tripping, pushing, and deliberate hand ball.
  • The restart is an indirect free kick, and the referee should ensure that the players are 5 yards from the free kick spot.

8. EVERYONE

  • Create a developmental, fun, fair and safe environment following AYSO's philosophies.

 

HEADING PROTOCOL: Torrance, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2016)—The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) announced today that its National Board of Directors has passed a change to AYSO’s rules and regulations related to heading in accordance with the U.S. Soccer Federation’s (USSF) Return 2 Recover program. “The safety of the kids who play this beautiful game is our biggest priority and being able to take that and align it with USSF made this an even easier decision,” said Mark Stewart, AYSO National President. The new rule bans heading for all U-11 and below division players. If an AYSO program doesn’t have single age divisions, heading is banned for U-12 and below. Heading for players in U-14 will be limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches in U-13 and above. “It’s important that players learn proper heading technique at the appropriate age. The new heading limits will encourage other control skills,” said Mike Hoyer, Acting National Executive Director. The new policy includes that an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head. This policy was put into effect so referees, coaches and players can all align with the change quicker. Safety is very important to AYSO as a whole. Heading was already banned for U-10 and below and extending it to U-11/U-12 was a way to ensure that players are older and more developed when attempting heading to avoid preventable head injuries. For more information regarding this policy, go to AYSO's Rules and Regulations, Section I.I.