U14 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.
  • Reward players with more playing time when consistently attending practices.
  • 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 ref and XTSC staff.
  • Be flexible in adjusting playing format to improve playing experience for the teams
    For example, if an opposing player is injured and they are playing short, 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 players 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, the game will be abandoned immediately and the team will receive an automatic 6-0 loss.
  • Resolve any 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 bulling or foul language.
  • Attend practices in order to play during the gammes.

REFEREES

  • All referees have to pass our internal refereeing course before they can referee a game.
  • Will provide a safe and fun playing environment.
  • Explain infringements to the offending player when they occur.
  • Does not allow and bullying or foul language on the field.
  • Allows 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 they are playing short, will ask the coach of the 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 3:1.
  • Length: 72 meters
    Width: 56 meters
  • Field set up:

  • A maximim of 1 field will fit on an 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 lines on the field. The length and width of the goal area are indicated from the sidelines and goal line with different coloured cones
  • The goal area is 10 meters in length. The width is 24 meters, including the goal.
  • The penalty mark is 10 meters from the goal.
  • Portable 9v9 goals will be used.

Soccer balls

  • Size: 5 OR
    Size: 5, with weight between 320-370gram

Playing format

  • League: CoEd and Girls Only
  • Format: 11v11 (10 players, 1 goalie)
  • Goalie: YES
  • If a team has no substitutions the format will be changed to 8v8.
  • Games will be forfeited if a team has 7 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 only happen after permission of 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 2x30 minutes long, this includes 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 referee?s signal.
    - 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:
    - The ball can be brought back into play by a throw-in.
    - A throw-in 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 throw-in must be at least 5 meters from the ball until the ball is in play.
    - All other FIFA rules apply.


    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 has to be kicked in from the ground.
    - There is no retreat line for this age group.
    - All other FIFA rules apply.


    Corner Kick:
    - A corner kick will be taken when a player of the own team touches the ball last and the ball rolls over the goal line, provided that it is not a goal.
    - The ball has to be touched by another player before the kicker can touch the ball again.
    - The opponents of the team taking the kickoff must be at least 5 meters from the ball until it is in play.
    - A corner kick will be taken in the vicinity of the pylon. The pylon should not be moved!
    - All other FIFA rules apply.

Goalies

  • To ensure a pleasant playing experience and protect the goalie, we have put the following rules into play:
  • - Goalkeepers are allowed to handle the ball with their hands within the crease.
    - After releasing the ball, the goalie cannot touch the ball again until another player has touched the ball.
    - Goal kicks are kicked in from the ground.
    - Players are not allowed to make contact with the goalie in the box.
    - All other FIFA rules apply.

Offsides

  • FIFA Offside rules apply.

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

  • Not applicable for this age group.

Misconducts/fouls

  • XTSC Referees will attempt to call all fouls and explain infringements to the offending player.
  • An direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences:
  • - Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.
    - Trips or attempts to trip an opponent.
    - Jumps at an opponent.
    - Charges an opponent.
    - Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent.
    - Pushes an opponent.
    - Tackles an opponent from behind to gain possession of the ball.
    - Makes contact with an opponent before touching the ball.
    - Holds an opponent.
    - Spits at an opponent.
    - Handles the ball deliberately.

  • An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences:
  • - Plays in a dangerous manner.
    - Impedes the progress of a player.
    - Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from their hands.
    - Commits any other offence, not previously mentioned.
    Goalkeepers:
    - Touches the ball with their hands after it has been deliberately kicked to them by a teammate.
    - Touches the ball with their hands after they have received it directly from a throw-in taken by a teammate.

  • An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any of the following four offences:
  • - Holds the ball with his hands for more than 6 seconds before releasing it from his possession.
    - Touches the ball again with his hands after he has released it from his possession.

  • When a foul is called, the opposing team gets possession of the ball at the spot the foul was called through an direct or indirect free kick.
  • It is at the referee's discretion to hand out Yellow and Red cards for a foul.
  • A ref is also allowed to ask a player to take a break and substitute for another player without handing out cards.
  • A referee may request any player or observer to leave the game facility when they are threatening the safety and enjoyment of players/referees. If the individual does not exit the area, the game will be abandoned and the team they are associated with will be penalized with a 6-0 default loss. Further action may be taken by the league pending on the incident review.

Yellow and red cards/H4>

  • The yellow card is used to communicate that a player, substitute or substituted player has been cautioned.
  • The red card is used to communicate that a player, substitute or substituted player has been sent off.
  • Only a player, substitute or substituted player may be shown the red or yellow card.
  • Spectators, or any other people who do not fit into the player, substitute or substituted player category will be asked to leave the premises if they are causing any disruption to the game.
  • The referee has the authority to take disciplinary sanctions from the moment he enters the field of play until he leaves the field of play after the final whistle.
  • A player who commits a cautionable or sending-off offence, either on or off the field of play, whether directed towards an opponent, a teammate, the referee, an assistant referee or any other person, is disciplined according to the nature of the offence committed.
  • Cautionable offences: A player, substitute or substituted player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following offences:
  • - Unsportsmanlike behaviour.
    - Dissent by word or action.
    - Any offence committed recklessly.
    - Persistent infringement.
    - Delaying the restart of play.
    - Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw-in.
    - Entering or re-entering the field of play illegally.
    - Deliberately leaving the field of play to mislead the referee and opponents.

  • The offending player will be removed from the game for 5 minutes. The team will play a player down during that time.
  • When the team in power play scores, the carded player is permitted back on, ending the penalty of playing a player down.
  • 3 Yellow cards in 1 season will lead to an automatic suspension of 1 game. 5 Yellow cards in 1 season will lead to an automatic suspension of 2 games.
  • Sending-off offences: A player, substitute or substituted player is sent off if he commits any of the following offences:
    - Serious foul play.
    - Violent conduct.
    - Spitting at an opponent or any other person.
    - Using excessive force.
    - Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area).
    - Denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player?s goal by an offence.
    - Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
    - Receiving a second caution (yellow card) in the same match.

  • A player, substitute or substituted player who has been sent off may be asked to leave the vicinity of the field of play. Ejected players must not interfere with play.
  • If a red card is given, the player is ejected and the team will play a player short for the remainder of the game.
  • If the number of players drop below the required minimum due to ejections. The referee will abandon the match and a win will be awarded to the opposing team.
  • A direct red card leads to an automatic one game suspension for the following game. In addition, 250 points will be deducted from the player's or team captain's account.
  • Yellow cards and red cards will be reviewed and XTSC has the right to increase/decrease suspensions, take further disciplinary action and/or terminate memberships.
  • Members have the option to appeal any decision. This will not necessarily change the decision, but we are open to review and work with players.

Free kicks

  • The most important rule are:
  • - Free kicks can be direct or indirect.
    - The opponents of the team taking the free kick must be at least 7 meters from the ball until the ball is in play.
    - The kicker cannot touch the ball after the kick until another player has touched it.

Penalty kicks

  • - According to FIFA rules.
  • - The penalty mark is 10 meters away from the goal.

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!

That's It... Have fun... and Hey, let's be extra careful out there!