Pflugerville Area Youth Soccer League

PAYSL Rules for U4, U5, and U6

RULES OF PLAY 

Exceptions and Additions for U4, U5, and U6 Age Groups

Last Updated: August 2018

General

FIFA rules shall apply except where such rules conflict with these rules and, in these instances, these guidelines are adopted.

Law 1 - Field of Play

15 to 20 yards wide by 20 to 30 yards long. Center circle shall be 3 yards in radius. No penalty area. Goals shall be approximately 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide.

Law 2 - The Ball

The ball shall be a size 3.

Law 3 - Number of Players

Each U4/U5/U6 team shall play no more than 3 players on a single field at a time. Team rosters shall have no more than 6 players.

A team must have a minimum of 2 players to start and continue a game.

Coaches must play each registered player who is present one half of the game unless unable to do so due to player’s illness or injury, or for disciplinary reasons. In the event that a player is present but will not be playing, the coach must inform the referee and the opposing coach as to the reason that the player will not participate.

For U4/U5/U6, coaches will  be allowed on the field.  Only 1 coach may be on the field, they must remain on the defensive end of the field, and may only serve to direct the players. If a ball rebounds off of a coach, then the ball is still in play, unless the coach has deliberately prevented a goal or denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity, at which point the coach will be sent off the field of play.

There are no goalkeepers in U4/U5/U6 play. This simply means no player may use their hands. Any player may position themselves anywhere on the field except as noted in other laws.

Law 4 - Player’s Equipment

Each player will be required to wear shin guards and appropriate footwear. The referee will inspect shin guards and footwear for possible hazards and may order the equipment changed before the player will be allowed to enter field. Players will not be allowed to wear jewelry, including watches, bracelets, necklaces, earrings or other types of body piercing jewelry. No player wearing a cast, hard or soft, will be allowed to play.

Uniforms will be color coordinated, and must have an identifying number on the jersey. "Sliding pants" may be worn. No caps or headwear will be allowed, except during adverse weather conditions, and then only at the discretion of the referee.

Law 5 - Referee

A Referee will be provided for the 1st three weeks of the Fall season and the 1st two weeks of the Spring season.  After that the coaches will control the flow of the game.

Law 6 - Assistant Referees

There will be no Assistant Referees provided for U4/U5/U6 matches.

Law 7 - Duration of the Match

The match will consist of  four (4) 10 minute quarters with a 1 minute break between quarters1 -2 and 3-4 and a 3 minute halftime between qtrs 2-3. 

The referee may adjust the length of the quarters or the half-time to accommodate injuries, or other stoppages. The referee/coach may elect to lengthen the half-time or provide water breaks as playing conditions dictate.

Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play

A kick-off is a way of starting play at the start of each half and restarting play after a goal has been scored. Play begins when the ball is kicked and has moved. A player taking the initial kick may not play the ball again unless it has been touched by a team mate or an opponent. If the kicker touches the ball a second time before it has touched another player, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team at the point where the ball was touched the second time.Due to the small size of the fields, a goal may not be scored directly from kick-off.

A dropped ball is a way of restarting the match after a temporary stoppage, specifically for an injury. The manner in which the ball is dropped is entirely up to the referee. The ball must touch the ground before it is kicked, or the referee will repeat the drop.

Law 9 - The Ball In and Out of Play

The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air. The ball is also out of play when play has been stopped by the referee. The ball is in play at all other times, including when it rebounds from a goal post, crossbar, corner flag, or referee. For U4/U5, when the ball has gone out of play, another ball is immediately played onto the field by adult helpers positioned around the field. The only dead ball restarts are the kickoffs.

For U6 all out of play restarts will be kick-ins from where the ball exited the field of play.

 

Law 10 - The Method of Scoring

A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided that there has been no infringement of the other rules. Officially, there is no score kept at this age level, however, referees will keep track of the scoring for review by league officials in the interest of fairness. No standings are kept at this age level.

Law 11 - Offside

There is no offside in this age group.

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

Penal Fouls include kicking or attempting to kick an opponent, tripping or attempting to trip an opponent, jumping at an opponent, charging an opponent, striking or attempting to strike an opponent, pushing an opponent, tackling an opponent to gain possession of the ball and making contact with the opponent before touching the ball, holding an opponent, spitting at an opponent, handling a ball deliberately.

Technical Fouls include playing in a dangerous manner, wasting time, impeding the progress of an opponent (obstruction).

For this age group, all fouls are punished by awarding an indirect free kick to the opponent of the team committing the foul. (A team cannot score directly by kicking an indirect free kick into the goal. One player other than the kicker, must touch the ball for the goal to count.) All opposing players must be at least 5 yards away from the kicker when the free kick is taken. There are no penalty kicks in this age group.

In accordance with FIFA rules, a player may be shown a yellow card, and the opponent awarded a free kick for any of the following offenses:

  • unsporting behavior
  • dissent by work or action
  • persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game
  • delays in the restart of play
  • failure to respect the proper distance when play is restarted with a kick
  • entering or reentering the field of play without the referee’s permission

Also, a player may be shown the red card and sent off the field, and the opponent awarded a free kick for any of the following offenses:

  • serious foul play
  • violent conduct
  • spitting at an opponent
  • denying the opposing team a goal by deliberately handling the ball
  • using offensive, insulting or abusive language
  • second caution in the same match

Referees are instructed not to show yellow or red cards except in the case of "out of control" behavior. If a player commits any of the preceding offenses, then the referee will advise the coach of the offense, and may request that the coach remove the player from the game in order to counsel the player. If a coach or assistant coach commits any of the preceding offenses, they may be shown the yellow card or red card as appropriate, and the referee will report the infringement to the Officer of the Day for appropriate action by the PAYSL Discipline and Protest Committee.

Law 13 - Free Kicks

As mentioned previously, all free kicks are "indirect". The ball must be stationary (not moving) when the kick is taken, and the kicker may not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player. Opposing players must maintain a distance of at least 5 yards from the kicker. The referee will signal that the kick is indirect by raising his arm above his head, and maintaining this position until the kick has been taken and the ball has touched another player or goes out of play. The ball is in play when it is kicked and has moved.

Law 14 - The Penalty Kick

There are no Penalty Kicks in this age group.

Law 15 - The Throw-In

Their are no throw in’s in this age group. For U4/U5, when a ball has gone out of play, another ball is immediately played into the field by adult helpers positioned around the field. The only dead ball restarts are the kickoffs.

For U6 all out of play restarts will be kick-ins from where the ball exited the field of play.

Law 16 - The Goal Kick

Their are no goal kicks in this age group. For U4/U5, when a ball has gone out of play, another ball is immediately played into the field by adult helpers positioned around the field. The only dead ball restarts are the kickoffs.

For U6 all out of play restarts will be kick-ins from where the ball exited the field of play.

Law 17 - The Corner Kick

There are no corner kicks in this age group. For U4/U5 when a ball has gone out of play, another ball is immediately played into the field by adult helpers positioned around the field. The only dead ball restarts are the kickoffs.

For U6 all out of play restarts will be kick-ins from where the ball exited the field of play.

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