U8 Rules

All U8 games will be 4v4 and must adhere to the following rules:

  1. Field Size: 30×40
  2. Ball Size: 3
  3. No Goalkeepers: Players on the field should not be goal tending.
  4. Coaches: Not allowed on the field during play.
  5. Length of Games: 12-minute quarters. There is a 2-minute break between quarters and a 5-minute break at halftime.
  6. Substitutions: Allowed on the fly. An injured player must be substituted.
  7. Substitution Area: Subs sit in the space provided between the 2 fields your team is playing on.
  8. Kick-offs: At the start of each quarter and following goals from the center line. The opposing team must be at least 5 yards away from the ball.
  9. Re-starts:
    • Throw-ins: Done when ball crossed the touchline. Feet must remain on the ground and ball thrown over head. The throw-in may be redone if incorrectly performed.
    • Goal kicks: The goal kick should be taken within 2-3 yd (6-9 ft which is the height of an adult) of the goal and the opposing players must be outside the penalty line (a line ½ of the way before midfield). No attacking player may touch the ball until it leaves the penalty area or a pass to a defensive player is received inside the line which then makes the ball live (both teams can play for the ball).
    • Corner kicks: If team defending goal last touches ball before it crosses end line, the attacking team puts it into play with an indirect kick (can’t score unless someone else touches ball) from the corner.
  10. Spectators: Must sit along the fence-line at least 5 feet from the field. Spectators are not allowed on or between the fields at any time.
  11. General Rules:
    • NO slide tackling
    • Retake illegal kick-ins and kick offs
    • No jewelry
    • NO TAPING EARRINGS…they must come out for player to play on field
    • No unregistered players are allowed to play