PAYSL Rules for U7, U8
RULES OF PLAY
Exceptions and Additions for U7/8 Age Groups
Last Updated: March 2017
FIFA rules shall apply except where such rules conflict with these rules and, in these instances, these guidelines are adopted. Unless explicitly stated, rules for U8 apply to U7.
Law 1 - Field of Play
25 to 35 yards wide by 35 to 40 yards long. Center circle shall by 5 yards in radius. Goal area is 3 yards by 10 yards. Goals shall be approximately 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide.
Both teams will occupy one side of the field and parents will occupy the opposite side of the field.
Law 2 - The Ball
The ball shall be a size 3.
Law 3 - Number of Players
Each Under 8 team shall play no more than 4 players on a single field at a time. Team rosters shall have no more than 8 players.
A team must have a minimum of 3 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.
There are no goalkeepers in Under 8 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 provided that they match the color of the uniform shorts. No caps or headwear, except for goalkeepers, 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 each match. Referee will be at least of equivalent age to an Under 10 player, and does not need to be "certified".
Law 6 - Assistant Referees
There are no assistant referees provided for U7/8 matches
Law 7 - Duration of the Match
The match will consist of two (2) 22 minute quarters with a 5 minute halftime.
The referee may adjust the length of the quarters or the half-time to accommodate injuries, or other stoppages. The referee 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. Kick-off's will be considered as an indirect kick so no goal can be scored from the kick-off unless it touches another player before going into the goal (in this case a goal kick would be awarded to the opposing team).
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.
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. For the goal to count, ALL offensive players must be on the offensive side of the field, if not then a goal kick will be awarded to the defensive team. 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 official 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), commits any other offense, not previously mentioned in Law 12, for which play is stopped to caution of dismiss a player.
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 8 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 red cards except in the case of "out of control" behavior. If a player commits any of the preceding offenses that would normally result in a red card (sendoff), then the referee will show the yellow card (caution) the player, advise the coach of the offense, and 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 8 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
A throw-in is a method of restarting play. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in. A throw-in is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the touch line, either on the ground or in the air, from the point where it crossed the touch line, and is awarded to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball.
The player taking the throw-in shall face the field of play, keep part of each foot either on the touch line or on the ground outside of the touch line, use both hands, and bring the ball from behind and over his or her head. The thrower may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. The ball is immediately in play when it enters the field of play.
If the player making the throw infringes on any of the above rules governing throw-ins, he or she is allowed one more attempt to throw the ball in correctly. If a second attempt is still infringing on the rules, then the opposing team is awarded the throw-in.
Law 16 - The Goal Kick
A goal kick is a method of restarting play. A goal cannot be scored directly from taking a goal kick. Since the goal kick will be played as a indirect kick, it must touch another player before a goal can be scored. A goal kick is awarded when the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal line, on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10.
The ball is placed anywhere within the defending team’s goal area. Opponents must retreat to their own half of the field until the ball has been kicked. The kicker does not play the ball again until it has touched another player. The ball is in play when it has been kicked directly beyond the penalty area. Another player on the team taking the goal kick may not play the ball until it has passed entirely out of the penalty area.
If the kicker touches the ball a second time before it is out of the penalty area, or a team mate of the kicker touches the ball before it is out of the penalty area then the goal kick shall be retaken.
Law 17 - The Corner Kick
A corner kick is a method of restarting play. A goal may not be scored directly from a corner kick since it is classified as an indirect kick. A corner kick is awarded when the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10.
The ball is placed inside the corner arc at the nearest corner flag post. Opponents must remain at least 8 yards from the ball until it is in play. The corner flag post is not moved. The ball is kicked by a member of the attacking team. The ball is in play when it is kicked and has moved. A kicker does not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player.
Law 18 - Slide Tackling
Slide Tackling IS NOT allowed in the U7/U8 age group. Any player attempting a slide tackle will be asked to leave the field of play. Player may be substituted.