Game Day Rules

RECREATIONAL PROGRAM

Player Participation 

  • Regardless of playing ability, all players should participate a minimum of half the time 

  • Coaches should play all players at different positions (offense and defense) throughout the year 

  • Instructions during the game to players should be positive in nature and directed at providing player tactical information 

  • Except as provided below the FIFA Laws of the Game apply 

    Game Field Set-up and Game Play 

  • It is the responsibility of the home team to supply the game ball 

  • Only two (2) team officials will be allowed within their teams half of the field, one (1) Head Coach and one (1) Assistant Coach. Both coaches are to be positioned within the coach and player’s half of the field during the game, which is outside the field of play. All spectators must remain on the opposite side of the field across from their team and at least three (3) feet behind the touchline 

  • A Referee may suspend play when necessary due to spectator or participant interference or harassment until the individual(s) creating the disturbance leave the playing area to a distance of satisfaction to the Referee. Said individual(s) shall remain silent for the duration of the match and take no further part in the match. Failure of the individual(s) to comply with the referee’s request within two minutes may result in the Referee’s terminating the match and further disciplinary action by Scottsdale Soccer and/or the Arizona Youth Soccer Association 

  • Spectator(s) creating a disturbance may also be requested to leave the playing area by a league or club official and failure to provide their name to the referee, league or club official maybe subject to additional disciplinary action 

  • The Referee may take action against team officials, bench personnel and substitutes who fail to act in a responsible manner. The Referee may display a red or yellow card and may expel them from the field of play and its immediate surrounds 

  • All coaches and spectators must act according to the league Code Of Conduct attached as Exhibit “A“ and coaches are responsible for the behavior of their parents. The Referee, league or club official (s) may restrict where spectators sit depending on the field situation 

  • For all fields except those located at Mountain View Park: 

    1) Teams and coaches sit on one side of the field
    2) Spectators (all non-players, non-coaches) sit on opposite side of the field across from their team and at least three (3) feet behind the touchline. No one is allowed to view the game from behind the goal
    3) Coaches and teams remain on their half of the field during the game and three (3) feet behind the touchline 

  • For fields at Mountain View Park:
    1) Players and coaches occupy the east side of the field 

    2) Spectators occupy the west side of the field across from their team and at least three (3) feet behind the touchline. No one is allowed to view the game from behind the goal 

    Substitution procedure 

    Referee is informed a Substitution is requested and with the permission of the referee the player being substituted may leave the field of play. The substitute enters the field of play from the halfway line only after the player being replaced has left the field of play. 

    Water Breaks on Hot Days 

    Game days with water breaks will be determined at the discretion of the league or club official (s). 

Check-In Procedures 

Each team must check in with the Referee prior to the start of the match and must identify one (1) person who will be the primary coach for the match. All players must be dressed to play at the time of check in and Equipment Check. 

1) Shin guards are required
2) All field players must wear similar colored shorts, and similar colored socks. The color of the jerseys may differ from the color of the shorts and/or socks. Likewise, the color of the shorts may differ from the color of the jerseys and/or socks. Both socks must be of the same color, but the color may differ from that of the jerseys and/or shorts
3) Socks MUST cover shin guards completely
4) No toe cleats or metal cleats/spikes allowed
5) Players will not be allowed to wear jewelry of any kind, including wrist bands, necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings). Bracelets are defined as any object encircling the wrist or arm. Exception: Medical Alert bracelets or necklace. These must be taped down. Taping of earrings/studs is NOT considered an exception. These must be removed.
6) Hair control pieces made of metal, plastic or other hard material are not allowed
7) Players with splints, casts, braces or other such devices may participate, if, in the opinion of the Referee, these devices do not present an inherent danger to any players 

Roster check 

1) Printed rosters will be used and are supplied to the referee
2) Players will line up in single file, each facing the referee. The referee/administrator will:
- Inspect the equipment and uniform of each player

Read the players’ names, one by one, from the roster noted on the scorecard
- Upon hearing his/her name, the player will raise his/her hand to allow the Referee to identify the player
- The player will then turn around to allow the Referee to read his/her jersey number. The Referee will then check off the player on the game roster/scorecard as being present and ready to play. Players listed on the game roster but not present at check-in, will be crossed off the game roster if not participating or noted as coming late
- Players not on the roster will not be allowed to play 

Specific Rules / Six and Seven Year Olds (U8) 

1) Teams will use a size three (3) ball
2) Teams play four (4) per side. There are no goalkeepers, and as such players may not stand and block the mouth of the goal during play; rather they should be encouraged to guard players on the other team. Defending players are not allowed to stand waiting within the goal area
3) Teams can play with a minimum of three players
4) Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage
5) Games will be divided into four (4) 10 minute quarters with no more than a five (5) minute break between quarters. Teams change ends at the end of the second quarter and attack the opposite goals
6) On a goal kick all players for the opposing team need to be beyond the halfway line before the kick is taken. Once the ball is kicked and moves the opposing team may cross the halfway line and play resumes
7) Slide tackling is not permitted.
8) Deliberately heading the ball is not permitted. If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
9) No offside
10) No penalty kicks
11) All free kicks are indirect and opponents should be ten (10) feet away from the ball on all restarts
12) Kick-ins will be used instead of throw-ins. The ball will be placed on the touch line with opponents ten (10) feet from the ball. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick in 

Specific Rules / Eight and Nine Year Olds (U10) 

1) Teams will use a size four (4) ball
2) Teams play seven (7) per side (6 field players and 1 goalkeeper). Teams can play with a minimum of five players.
3) Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage
4) Games will be divided into two (2) 25 minute halves with a five (5) minute halftime. For the second half teams change ends and attack opposite goals
5) Slide tackling is not permitted
6) Deliberately heading the ball is not permitted. If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense 

Build out line 
  1. Should be equidistant between the penalty area line and halfway line 

  2. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting is not allowed). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal 

  3. The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line. Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line 

  4. If a goalkeeper punts the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred 

Specific Rules / Ten and Eleven Year Olds (U12) 

1) Teams will use a size four (4) ball
2) Teams play nine (9) per side (8 field players and 1 goalkeeper). Teams can play with a minimum of six (6) players. 3) Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage
4) Games will be divided into two (2) thirty minute halves with a five (5) minute halftime. For the second half teams change ends and attack opposite goals
5) Deliberately heading the ball is not permitted. If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
6) Offside is enforced 

Specific Rules / Twelve and Thirteen Year Olds (U14) 

1) Teams will use a size five (5) ball
2) Teams play nine (9) per side (8 field players and 1 goalkeeper). Teams can play with a minimum of six (6) players.
3) Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage
4) Games will be divided into two (2) thirty-five minute halves with a five (5) minute halftime. For the second half teams change ends and attack opposite goal
5) Offside is enforced 

Specific Rules / High School Divisions 

1) Teams will use a size five (5) ball
2) Teams play nine per side (8 field players and 1 goalkeeper). Teams can play with a minimum of six (6) players
3) Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage
4) Games will be divided into two (2) thirty-five minute halves with a five (5) minute halftime. For the second half teams change ends and attack opposite goals
5) Offside is enforced

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