U6 Youth Soccer Rules

How you can contribute to a better soccer environment:

COACHES

  • Lead by example.
  • Promote fun and enthusiasm.
  • Encourage players to respect the game and show good sportsmanship towards their opponents.
  • Teach players about teamwork, respect for the game and soccer skills.
  • Emphasize soccer development instead of winning.
  • Have a team moment before and after each practice and game. Discuss expectations, set achievable goals, evaluate always end on a positive note.
  • Only enter the field after the referee gives permission.
  • Follow instruction of the coach and XTSC staff.
  • Be flexible in adjusting playing format to improve playing experience for the teams.
    For example, if a player on the other team is injured, take off a player as well. If a team is short players, match their amount of players on the field. This will ensure fair play and good sportsmanship among all players.
  • Strive to allow equal playing time for all player on the team.

PARENTS

  • Lead by example.
  • Promoting fun and positivity.
  • Feeling the urge to give instructions? We're always looking for good coaches!
    We are thankful for your support but if you choose not to coach, please refrain yourself from doing so during practices and games.
  • Emphasize soccer development instead of winning.
  • Respect the team moments of the coach. Please ensure your child is able to participate by being on time. Give the team space, so each player can focus on the instruction of the coach.
  • Do not enter the field of play.
    If a parent enters the field of play without explicit permission of the referee, the game will be abandoned immediately and the team will receive an automatic loss.
  • Resolve issues in a calm manner, one on one with coach or get a staff member involved.
  • Let the coach handle any situations on the field.
  • Focus on your own team, your opponents already have a coach and a bunch of parents.
  • Do not approach the referee to discuss calls made during the game. If you have any concerns, please talk to the coach.

PLAYERS

  • Have fun!
  • Listen to the coach.
  • Be a good team player and help/support your team members.
  • Treat your opponents and peers with respect.
  • Every time you step on the field be the best you can be!
  • There is no tolerance for bullying or foul language.

REFEREES

  • All referees have to pass our internal refereeing course before they can referee a game.
  • Are tasked with providing a safe and fun playing environment.
  • Will explain infringements to the offending player when they occur.
  • Will not allow and bullying or foul language on the field.
  • Will allow do-overs to contribute to the player's/team's soccer development.
    These decisions are up to the referee's discretion.
  • Will adjust number of players on the field if needed to improve playing experience.
    For example, if a player is injured and the team is playing short, will ask the coach of other team to take off a player as well.

GAME TECHNICALITIES

XTSC Youth Soccer Rules are based on FIFA and European Soccer Guidelines.

Field of play

  • Dimensions: The field of play must be rectangular, field ratio of 4:3.
  • Length: 40 meters
    Width: 30 meters
  • Field set up:
    U4 Field
  • 4 fields fit on one 11v11 field.
  • Cones will be used to mark the part of the field that doesn't have lines. Cones are distributed every 5 meters.
  • Pylons will mark the corners.

Goal and goal area

  • There is no goal area.
  • Pug Nets will function as goals.

Soccer balls

  • Size: 3 OR
    Size: 5, with weight between 290-320gram

Playing format

  • League: CoEd
  • Format: 5v5
  • Goalie: NO
  • If a team has no substitutions the format will be changed to 4v4.
  • Games will be forfeited if a team has 3 players or less. A scrimmage will be played instead of the game. The team that has the sufficient amount of players will receive an automatic 3-0 win.

Substitutions

  • There is no limitation for substitutions.
  • Substitutions can happen on the fly, no permission is needed from the referee.
  • Children that aren't signed up with the league are ineligible to play.

Player equipment

  • The league provides uniforms. It is mandatory to wear the uniform to all games and academy practices.
  • Shin guards are mandatory for all games and practices. No shin guards = no soccer!
  • Soccer shoes with cleats are mandatory. Shoes with metal cleats or toes are not permitted.

Game duration

  • Games are 40 minutes long plus 5 minutes half time.
  • Drink breaks will be allowed during extreme heat. This will be determined by the referee and communicated to the coaches before the start of the game.

GAME RULES

Start of play

  • The most important rules are:
  • - The game starts with a kickoff at the centre of the field.
    - Players have to be on their own side of the field during the kickoff.
    - To start the game, the ball has to be passed to another player.
    The kicker cannot touch the ball after the pass until another player has touched it.
    - The kickoff can only take place on the signal of the referee.
    - The opponents of the team taking the kickoff must be at least 5 meters from the ball until the ball is kicked.

Restart of play

  • The play is restarted after a goal, after a foul or after the ball went out of bounds. The most important rules are:

  • Ball out of Bounds:
    - Kick-in or dribble the ball into play. No throw-in!
    - A kick-in/dribble occurs when a player of the opposite team touches the ball last and the ball rolls over the side line.
    - The opponents of the team taking the kick-in/dribble are at least 5 meters from the ball until the ball is in play.


    Goal Kick:
    - A goal kick will be taken when a player of the opposite team touches the ball last and the ball rolls over the goal line, provided that it is not a goal.
    - The ball can be kicked in or dribbled in by any player of the team that has possession.
    - The opponent team will have to start at their own half.


    Corner Kick:
    - A corner kick will be taken when a player of their own team touches the ball last and the ball rolls over the goal line, provided that it is not a goal.
    - A corner kick will be taken in the vicinity of the pylon. The pylon should not be moved!
    - To re-start the game, the ball has to be passed to another player or dribbled into play.
    - The opponents of the team taking the corner kick must be at least 5 meters from the ball until it is in play.

Goalies

  • Games are played without goalies.

Offsides

  • There are no offsides.

Ball in and out of play

  • The most important rules are:
  • - The whole of the ball has to pass the sideline or goal line to be out of play. The ball is in play during any other situation.
    - The referee determines if the ball is out of play.

Scoring

  • The most important rules are:
  • - The whole of the ball has to pass the goal line to count as a goal.
    - The referee determines if a goal has been scored.

Mercy rule

  • The maximum allowable goal difference is 3. Goals will not be registered if the goal difference is bigger.
  • If a team is losing with 5 goals or more, they are allowed to play with one extra player on the team, until they equalize the score.

Fouls and misconducts

  • At this age, players have difficulty to coordinate their movements. Therefor our referees are instructed to stop the play when:
  • - A player kicks a player intentionally.
    - A player has no regards for the other player's safety when trying to obtain or defend the ball.
    - A player hits a player.
    - There is a collision between players and the player(s) cannot continue playing.
    - A player gets hurt and cannot continue playing.
    - Hand balls will not be called - players this age usually use their hands as protection, this won't be penalized.
    It is the responsibility of the referee and the coach to motivate the players to keep their arms down.

Free kicks

  • The most important rules are:
  • - All free kicks are direct.
    - The opponents of the team taking the free kick must be at least 5 meters from the ball until the ball is in play.
    - A player is not allowed to dribble to restart the play. The ball has to be passed or kicked.
    - The kicker cannot touch the ball after the kick until another player has touched it.

Penalty kicks

  • - Penalty kicks are rarely given, we encourage referees to give a direct free kick instead.
  • - The penalty mark is 5 meters away from the goal.
    - A penalty kick can only be awarded when a clear goal scoring opportunity is prevented by a foul mentioned above.

Please note

Rules are subject to change! If we notice that the rules are not contributing to the development of players we will adjust them accordingly. Any changes will be updated online and communicated to the coaches and referees.

That's It... Have a fantastic season!