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U12 Game Rules

CVYS In-House Under 12 Games Rules

Game Format

  • The Ball: A size four(4) soccer ball will be used.
  • The Number of Players: Each team will play with 8 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.
  • Each team will select a team captain to represent the team on the field
  • Substitutions: At any stoppage and unlimited. Substitutions must enter at the center line.
  • 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 two, 25-minute halves.
  • Scoring: Anytime the ball completely crosses the end-line inside the goal, the attacking team is awarded a goal.
  • Offside: Conform to FIFA offside rule.
  • Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA with the exception that all fouls shall result in a direct free kick. No cards shown for misconduct.
  • Penalty Kicks: A foul on the defending team inside the penalty area will result in a penalty kick. Conform to FIFA for details on penalty kicks.

The Start and Restart of Play

  • Kick-Off: Each half will begin with a kick off at mid-field. The visiting team (Blue) will kick off to start the match. The home team (White) will kick off to start the second half. After a goal, play will restart with a kick off by the team that was scored upon. At the discretion of the referee the team to take the opening kickoff may be determined by a coin flip prior to the start of the game. The winner of the coin flip chooses a goal to defend in the first half and also takes the kickoff at the start of the second half. The loser of coin flip takes the kickoff at the start of the game.
  • 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 Kicks: 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 eight 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 eight 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 eight 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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