2016 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 quarter will be 10 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.

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.

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.


2016 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 quarter will be 10 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.

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.

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.