2014 Fall U7 Rules of Play - Print Page

1. Teams play five (5) on the field at one time. There are NO GOALKEEPERS. If either team is short players, the coaches can agree to do the following only:

(a) Play uneven;

(b) Move players from one team to the other, making both even.

Coaches cannot and should not play even with smaller teams. It is unfair to have additional players sitting out quarters on one team because the other does not have a minimum of 5 players.

2. A number three (3) ball is used in all games.

3. Usual outdoor AYSO rules prevail (FIFA as modified for AYSO). There is no offside rule, direct free kicks or penalty kicks.

4. All free kicks are indirect. For all fouls called against the defensive team within its own penalty area, the free kick is take at the point on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line that is closest to where the foul occurred.

5. All players must wear shin guards, which must be completely covered by socks. Jewelry or other hard objects are not allowed.

6. Prior to the game, the coaches will introduce themselves to each other and the referee. The teams will line up at the halfway line, and the referee will check for proper equipment.

7. After the game, the players will meet at the halfway line and shake hands.

8. All players must play at least half of the game and preferably 3 quarters.

9. Each half will be 20 minutes long. There will be a one-minute break – often referred to as a “quarter break” – approximately midway through the half. This break is for the purpose of substitutions only. NO TEAM REFRESHMENTS AT THE ONE-MINUTE QUARTER BREAKS PLEASE! The half time break will be five (5) minutes. Games are to end on time. If the game is started late, the quarters must be shortened to end the game on time.

10. Substitutions are permitted only at the quarter breaks (except for injury). Running substitutions is strictly forbidden.

11. Coaches must say on the touch line and completely off the field. No coach, parent, or spectator is allowed to be behind the goal line. NO PARENTS OTHER THAN DESIGNATED COACHES ARE PERMITTED TO COACH. Parents should cheer for their team, but should not address the coaches, referee, or players during the game. NO ONE BUT THE PLAYERS AND OFFICIALS IS ALLOWED TO BE ON THE FIELD UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED BY THE REFEREE.

12. NO CRITICISM OF THE REFEREES IS ACCEPTABLE. Criticism of the referees by either coaches or spectators may cause sanctions to be meted out, as provided by the FIFA Laws. All referees are parent volunteers. If you feel refereeing is lacking, please volunteer to become a referee.

13. No player will play with blood on themselves or their uniform. All cuts must be adequately covered.


2014 Fall U7 Rules of Play - Print Page

1. Teams play five (5) on the field at one time. There are NO GOALKEEPERS. If either team is short players, the coaches can agree to do the following only:

(a) Play uneven;

(b) Move players from one team to the other, making both even.

Coaches cannot and should not play even with smaller teams. It is unfair to have additional players sitting out quarters on one team because the other does not have a minimum of 5 players.

2. A number three (3) ball is used in all games.

3. Usual outdoor AYSO rules prevail (FIFA as modified for AYSO). There is no offside rule, direct free kicks or penalty kicks.

4. All free kicks are indirect. For all fouls called against the defensive team within its own penalty area, the free kick is take at the point on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line that is closest to where the foul occurred.

5. All players must wear shin guards, which must be completely covered by socks. Jewelry or other hard objects are not allowed.

6. Prior to the game, the coaches will introduce themselves to each other and the referee. The teams will line up at the halfway line, and the referee will check for proper equipment.

7. After the game, the players will meet at the halfway line and shake hands.

8. All players must play at least half of the game and preferably 3 quarters.

9. Each half will be 20 minutes long. There will be a one-minute break – often referred to as a “quarter break” – approximately midway through the half. This break is for the purpose of substitutions only. NO TEAM REFRESHMENTS AT THE ONE-MINUTE QUARTER BREAKS PLEASE! The half time break will be five (5) minutes. Games are to end on time. If the game is started late, the quarters must be shortened to end the game on time.

10. Substitutions are permitted only at the quarter breaks (except for injury). Running substitutions is strictly forbidden.

11. Coaches must say on the touch line and completely off the field. No coach, parent, or spectator is allowed to be behind the goal line. NO PARENTS OTHER THAN DESIGNATED COACHES ARE PERMITTED TO COACH. Parents should cheer for their team, but should not address the coaches, referee, or players during the game. NO ONE BUT THE PLAYERS AND OFFICIALS IS ALLOWED TO BE ON THE FIELD UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED BY THE REFEREE.

12. NO CRITICISM OF THE REFEREES IS ACCEPTABLE. Criticism of the referees by either coaches or spectators may cause sanctions to be meted out, as provided by the FIFA Laws. All referees are parent volunteers. If you feel refereeing is lacking, please volunteer to become a referee.

13. No player will play with blood on themselves or their uniform. All cuts must be adequately covered.