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U8 Game Rules

CVYS In-House Under 8 Games Rules

Game Format

  • The Ball: A size four(4) soccer ball will be used.
  • The Number of Players: Each team will play with 6 players on the field including one goalkeeper. If a team is losing by more than 5 goals, they may put an extra player on the field.
  • Substitutions: At any stoppage and unlimited.
  • Playing time: Each player will play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time.
  • The Duration of the Match: The match shall be divided into four, 12-minute quarters.
  • Scoring: Anytime the ball completely crosses the end-line inside the goal, the attacking team is awarded a goal.
  • Offside: None.
  • Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA with the exception that all fouls shall result in a direct free kick. The game official will briefly explain infringements to the offending player. No cards shown for misconduct. If a child is being too rambunctious then the game official will ask the coach to make a substitution of that player to give the child a chance to calm down before returning to play.
  • Penalty Kicks: None.

The Start and Restart of Play

  • Kick-Off: Each quarter will begin with a kick off at mid-field. The visiting team (Blue) will kick off to start the first and third quarters. The home team (White) will kick off to start the second and fourth quarters. After a goal, play will restart with a kick off by the team that was scored upon.
  • Throw-ins: Anytime the ball fully crosses a side-line, play will restart with a throw-in. The last team to touch the ball in bounds will lose possession, and the opposing team will take the throw-in. Throw-ins will be taken where the ball left the field play. During a throw-in, the player will throw the ball using two hands straight over their head, and both feet will remain on the ground and out of bounds until the throw is complete.
  • Corner Kick: Any time the defending team kicks the ball completely over the end-line outside the goal, the attacking team will restart play with a corner kick. Conform to FIFA with the exception that opponents remain at least four yards from the ball until it is in play.
  • Goal Kicks: Any time the attacking team kicks the ball completely over the end-line outside the goal, the defending team will restart play with a corner kick. Conform to FIFA with the exception that opponents remain at least four yards from the ball until it is in play.
  • Free Kicks: Conform to FIFA with the exceptions that all free kicks are direct and opponents are at least four yards from the ball until it is in play.

Dress Code

  • Non-uniform clothing is allowed based on weather conditions, but uniforms must be the outermost layer to distinguish teams, and hoods must be tucked inside the uniform jersey while the player is on the playing field.
  • Shin guards covered by socks are required.
  • No jewelry. No cleats that have a toe cleat will be permitted. Nothing metallic may be worn, and nothing may be worn on the wrists.
  • Goalkeepers will wear a jersey or pinnie that is a different color from either team jersey.
  • Playing with a cast: Is permitted provided the cast is completely covered by soft padding and/or bubble wrap which is approved by the referee and opposing team’s coach before the match.

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