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U7/U8 Overview

U7/U8 - Games start at 8:45 AM

 12 minute quarters
5 minute breaks

The U5 thru U8 age groups use a size 3 ball   

  1. 5v5 Coed (4 + Keeper v 4 + Keeper)
        *If there are not enough players to play 5v5, coaches can make that determination before the game and play down to 4v4.
  2. Minimum 50% playing time* [Refer to this article for substitution guidelines] 
  3. Keeper [Must change keeper at the half]
  4. No offside
  5. Handling is called 
  6. Throw ins - (if error one re-try) but not counted against team
  7. No referees - coaches make the calls on the field
  8. Only one coach on the field per team (other can coach from the sidelines)
  9. Substitutions - any time the ball is out of bounds, either team can sub (2 minute time limit)
  10. Goalies cannot punt past Midfield line.  If they do, it is an indirect free kick for opposing team at the spot it crosses the Midfield line.
  11. Teams should change sides at the halfway point
  12. No slide tackles
  13. When a goal kick is done all opposing team must move back to Midfield. (As soon as ball is played they can move forward)
  14. Forfeit Rule - Can not start a match with less than 4 players
  15. Age ups - No more than 2 age-ups. Cannot have more age-ups than the opponent has subs.
  16. If you are down by 4 goals, you may add a player; If you are down 6 goals, you may add 1 more additional player.
    - if no longer down by 6 goals, remove last added; If no longer down by 4 goals, teams go back to even strength.
  17. No heading of the ball in games or practice per NCYSA recommendations.

**Please review our 50% Playing Time Guideline

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