Rec Soccer (K-4th Grade) Rules

 

The KIDSPORTS recreation soccer league is an opportunity for children and youth to participate in soccer at a non-competitive level with an emphasis on development. It is established to increase the skills and techniques of soccer players from kindergarten to fourth grade.

In 1996 and again in 2015, KIDSPORTS made some major changes in its recreational league in response to new mandates by the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) and the Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA). They recommended that youth soccer programs play with smaller sized teams that enhance learning soccer techniques and tactics and creates a more exciting game. The small-sided game allows players more touches with the ball and establishes a faster more challenging style of soccer. The KIDSPORTS Soccer Advisory Committee has carefully monitored and examined the results of its change to small sided soccer and believes it has been an unqualified success.

The KIDSPORTS recreational program consists of:

Kinder - 3 V 3 MICRO-SOCCER

Kinders will play micro-soccer with 3 players versus 3 players. Teams will have rosters of 8-12 players and play two (2) simultaneous 3 v 3 games with players rotating between the two fields. The fields will be 30 yds by 40 yds. Games are to be fun and non-competitive. Scores will not be kept and parents will officiate. There will be no goalies used in the game and periods will consist of 6 five-minute periods.

1st Grade - 4 V 4 MICRO-SOCCER

Kinders will play micro-soccer with 4 players versus 4 players. Teams will have rosters of 10-14 players and play two (2) simultaneous 4 v 4 games with players rotating between the two fields. The fields will be 30 yds by 40 yds. Games are to be fun and non-competitive. Scores will not be kept and parents will officiate. There will be no goalies used in the game and periods will consist of 6 five-minute periods.

2nd Grade - 6 V 6

2nd grade soccer teams will have rosters of 8-12 players and they will play six (6) players on each side. The field will be 40 yds by 60 yds and there will be goalies allowed.

3rd-4th Grade - 7 V 7

3rd and 4th grade soccer teams will have rosters of 10-14 players and they will play seven (7) players on each side. The field will be 45 yds by 70 yds and there will be goalies allowed.

 

KINDERGARTEN

I. RULES OF PLAY

A. Number of players: The maximum number of players for one team on the field at any one time is three (3). THERE WILL BE NO GOALIES. There will be two micro-soccer 3 v 3 games playing simultaneously.

B. Strategy/Development: Games are to be played in a non-competitive low-stress atmosphere. The emphasis should be on having fun playing the game, while learning the basics of soccer. The score shall not be kept for either field.

C. Duration of game: The game will consist of six (6) five-minute periods with a two-minute break between each period except a five-minute half-time break between periods 3 and 4. One of the parent referees should be the timekeeper and should keep time for both games. This means that both games will begin and finish at the same time.

D. Start of game and periods: Immediately before the start of the two games, the parent referees will flip a coin for the team captains. The winner selecting the first half direction. The loser will take the opening kick-off which will be the same for both games. Each subsequent period will begin with alternating kick-offs. The field direction will change for both games at half time. All kick-offs will be indirect kicks (goals cannot be scored directly off the kick but must first touch another player of either team). Also, the person taking the kick cannot retouch the ball until another player from either team has touched the ball. Defending players must be at least six yards from the ball on their half of the field at the kick-off.

E. Field size: The field will be rectangular, its length 40 yards by a width of 30.

F. Goals: Flags will be used to mark the goals, and will be 12 feet apart. a.) No height restriction on shots going between flags. b.) Flags should be no deeper than 6 inches in ground. c.) If the flag comes out of ground:1. By contact of the ball - play is dead, no goal and re-start with goal kick.2. Flag knocked out by a player or on its own - Play is dead, put the flag back in ground, and re-start with a drop ball where the ball was at the time of the stoppage (Ball cannot be dropped within 10 yards of the goal).

G. Ball size: The game ball used shall be a No. 4 sized ball.

H. Offsides: There will be no offsides.

I. Throw-ins: Conform to FIFA throw-in law. In the spirit of an introductory level of soccer, players will be given a second chance if the throw-in is improper (i.e. lifts one foot, etc). If the second attempt is improper, the opposing team will receive the ball for the throw-in play.

J. Corner kicks: Conform to FIFA rule except that opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

K. Goal kicks: Goal kicks will be taken from the 10 yard marker. This will be a designated mark 10 yards out from the goal. Any player from the offensive team can take the kick and the opposing team MUST be behind the mid-field marker on their half of the field until the ball is kicked. The kicking team can kick the ball in any direction on a goal kick.

L. Free kicks: Only indirect free kicks (goals can not be scored directly off the kick, it must be touched by another player) will be awarded for fouls or rules calling for a free kick. The ball will be placed on the nearest 10 yard marker and the opposing team must be six (6) yards back. Any free kick awarded to the defense behind their own 10-yard marker, will be moved to the 10-yard marker and will be taken in the same manner as a goal kick.

M. Penalty kicks: No penalty kicks will be awarded. Fields are not marked with a penalty box. Any fouls occurring against the defensive team between the goal line and the 10 yard mark will result in a kick taken at the 10 yard mark. Use indirect kick as above.

II. SUBSTITUTION RULES

A. Player substitution: Any players sitting out at the conclusion of one period must enter the game at the beginning of the next period. An exception would occur for teams with 13 or more players. Player substitution will be done on a rotation system. During the game, players will be rotated through the 2 simultaneous games and onto the side lines.

B. Player rotation: Coaches will assign a rotation number for each player for the entire game. Players 1, 2 and 3 will start on the field to the coach's left. Players 4, 5 and 6 will start on the field to the coach's right. The remaining players (i.e. 7, 8, etc.) will sit out the first period.For the start of the second period, all of the players who sat out the first period will enter the game. The same number of players (starting with Player #1) will rotate off the field. All players who remain in the game will rotate the same number of positions, so that they are in position to be the next ones to be substituted out. This rotation system will continue in the same manner for each of the remaining periods of the game.

C. Participation is our primary goal. The first and primary remedy for any violation of substitution rules shall be to correct the violation. This may include putting a player who belongs in the game into the game during a period. Player participation should be maximized for all players, not just the highly skilled.

III. PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

A. Footwear: Shall conform to FIFA with the following exceptions: Footwear shall include tennis shoes or soft cleated soccer shoes.

B. Shin Guards: All players shall play with shin-guards and they must be covered by at least one layer of a sock.

C. Jewelry: There shall be NO jewelry worn by any participants. Children should refrain from having their ears pierced during the season.

D. Uniform: All players must wear their official KIDSPORTS team shirt issued for that season.

E. Casts: Casts may be worn if they are safely padded, the player has a licensed physician's approval to play with a cast, and it's not dangerous to him/herself or anyone else.

IV. REFEREES

Games will be refereed by parent volunteers. Each team should provide one referee for one of the games.

 

1ST GRADE

I. RULES OF PLAY

A. Number of players: The maximum number of players for one team on the field at any one time is four (4). THERE WILL BE NO GOALIES. There will be two micro-soccer 4 v 4 games playing simultaneously.

B. Strategy/Development: Games are to be played in a non-competitive low-stress atmosphere. The emphasis should be on having fun playing the game, while learning the basics of soccer. The score shall not be kept for either field. 
To enhance player development, it is the intent of these rules that all 4 players on both teams be involved in the run of play throughout the field. Coaches should not station one or more players in front of the goal to act as a simulated goalie.

C. Duration of game: The game will consist of six (6) five-minute periods with a two-minute break between each period except a five-minute half-time break between periods 3 and 4. One of the parent referees should be the timekeeper and should keep time for both games. This means that both games will begin and finish at the same time.

D. Start of game and periods: Immediately before the start of the two games, the parent referees will flip a coin for the team captains. The winner selecting the first half direction. The loser will take the opening kick-off which will be the same for both games. Each subsequent period will begin with alternating kick-offs. The field direction will change for both games at half time. All kick-offs will be indirect kicks (goals cannot be scored directly off the kick but must first touch another player of either team). Also, the person taking the kick cannot retouch the ball until another player from either team has touched the ball. Defending players must be at least six yards from the ball on their half of the field at the kick-off.

E. Field size: The field will be rectangular, its length 40 yards by a width of 30.

F. Goals: Flags will be used to mark the goals, and will be 12 feet apart. a.) No height restriction on shots going between flags. b.) Flags should be no deeper than 6 inches in ground. c.) If the flag comes out of ground:1. By contact of the ball - play is dead, no goal and re-start with goal kick.2. Flag knocked out by a player or on its own - Play is dead, put the flag back in ground, and re-start with a drop ball where the ball was at the time of the stoppage (Ball cannot be dropped within 10 yards of the goal).

G. Ball size: The game ball used shall be a No. 4 sized ball.

H. Offsides: There will be no offsides.

I. Throw-ins: Conform to FIFA throw-in law. In the spirit of an introductory level of soccer, players will be given a second chance if the throw-in is improper (i.e. lifts one foot, etc). If the second attempt is improper, the opposing team will receive the ball for the throw-in play.

J. Corner kicks: Conform to FIFA rule except that opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

K. Goal kicks: Goal kicks will be taken from the 10 yard marker. This will be a designated mark 10 yards out from the goal. Any player from the offensive team can take the kick and the opposing team MUST be behind the mid-field marker on their half of the field until the ball is kicked. The kicking team can kick the ball in any direction on a goal kick.

L. Free kicks: Only indirect free kicks (goals can not be scored directly off the kick, it must be touched by another player) will be awarded for fouls or rules calling for a free kick. The ball will be placed on the nearest 10 yard marker and the opposing team must be six (6) yards back. Any free kick awarded to the defense behind their own 10-yard marker, will be moved to the 10-yard marker and will be taken in the same manner as a goal kick.

M. Penalty kicks: No penalty kicks will be awarded. Fields are not marked with a penalty box. Any fouls occurring against the defensive team between the goal line and the 10 yard mark will result in a kick taken at the 10 yard mark. Use indirect kick as above.

II. SUBSTITUTION RULES

A. Player substitution: Any players sitting out at the conclusion of one period must enter the game at the beginning of the next period. An exception would occur for teams with 13 or more players. Player substitution will be done on a rotation system. During the game, players will be rotated through the 2 simultaneous games and onto the side lines.

B. Player rotation: Coaches will assign a rotation number for each player for the entire game. Players 1, 2, 3 and 4 will start on the field to the coach's left. Players 5, 6, 7 and 8 will start on the field to the coach's right. The remaining players (i.e. 9, 10, etc.) will sit out the first period. For the start of the second period, all of the players who sat out the first period will enter the game. The same number of players (starting with Player #1) will rotate off the field. All players who remain in the game will rotate the same number of positions, so that they are in position to be the next ones to be substituted out. This rotation system will continue in the same manner for each of the remaining periods of the game.

C. Participation is our primary goal. The first and primary remedy for any violation of substitution rules shall be to correct the violation. This may include putting a player who belongs in the game into the game during a period. Player participation should be maximized for all players, not just the highly skilled.

III. PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

A. Footwear: Shall conform to FIFA with the following exceptions: Footwear shall include tennis shoes or soft cleated soccer shoes.

B. Shin Guards: All players shall play with shin-guards and they must be covered by at least one layer of a sock.

C. Jewelry: There shall be NO jewelry worn by any participants. Children should refrain from having their ears pierced during the season.

D. Uniform: All players must wear their official KIDSPORTS team shirt issued for that season.

E. Casts: Casts may be worn if they are safely padded, the player has a licensed physician's approval to play with a cast, and it's not dangerous to him/herself or anyone else.

IV. REFEREES

Games will be refereed by parent volunteers. Each team should provide one referee for one of the games.

 

2ND GRADE



I. RULES OF PLAY

A. Number of players: The maximum number of players on the field for one team at any one time is six (6). One of the players must be designated as a goalie by wearing a shirt of a different color than the rest of the team. The Goalkeeper may only use their hands in the designated goal box, but may come out of the goal box area and play like a field player and use only their feet. Upon returning to the goal box they may use their hands once again. A team may start with four (4) players without forfeiting the contest.

B. The duration of game: The game will consist of six(6) seven-minute periods with two-minute breaks between periods. There will also be a five-minute half time break between the third and fourth periods.

C. Field size: The field will be rectangular, its length 60 yards by a width of 40.

D. Goals: 6 ft. tall by 12 ft. wide

E. Ball size: The game ball used shall be a No. 4 sized ball.

F. Offsides: There will be no offsides.

G. Throw-ins: Conform to FIFA rule except that a second throw-in will be allowed if the player makes an improper throw-in (i.e. lifts one foot, etc). If the second attempt is improper, the opposing team will receive the ball for the throw-in play.

H. Corner kicks: Conform to FIFA rule except that opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

I. Goal kicks: Conform to FIFA rules except that opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

J. Free kicks: Conform to FIFA rule except all kicks shall be INDIRECT. A goal may not be scored until the ball has been played or touched by a second player of either team. No kicks shall be taken by the attacking team within the defending team's approximate goal box. Opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

K. Penalty kicks: No penalty kicks are to be taken. Use indirect kick as above.

II. SUBSTITUTION RULES

A. Player substitution: Substitutions must be made at the start of each period, except in the final period where free substitution will be allowed on any stoppage of play if the players have met all of their minimum playing requirements. Any player not in the game at the end of one period must go into the game at the beginning of the next period. Exception: If a team has 11 or more players, all five players must leave the game at the end of each period and a new set of five players inserted with no player sitting out more than two consecutive periods.

B. Playing time: Each player MUST play at least half of the game. (1) If a player is unable to complete the required playing time due to illness or injury, another player may substitute. (2) If the original player can return to the game, he/she must re-enter the game at the start of another period and play the required time as possible.

C. Maximizing playing opportunity: Player participation should be maximized. It is the major goal of KIDSPORTS that playing time is maximized for ALL players, not just the very skilled. To assist this goal, coaches can exercise free substitution in the final period if all of his/her players have met their minimum playing requirements so as to give more players an opportunity to play extra minutes.

D. Penalty: The first and primary remedy for any violation of substitution rules shall be to correct the violation. This should include putting the player who belongs in the game into the game at that point. For repeat or flagrant violations of the substitution rules, the official has the discretion to award the following penalty: One goal will be awarded to the non-violating team (per violation) in addition to possession of the ball. KIDSPORTS takes substitution seriously, coaches may be subject to probation or suspension. All substitution violations must be acknowledged and substantiated before the conclusion of the game.

*** No points for an illegal substitution will be awarded after the game has officially ended.

E. Line up cards: KIDSPORTS line-up cards will be provided to all coaches. A completed line-up card must be presented to the referee before game time. The line-up card must include all of those eligible for this particular game.

NOTE: An eligible player is one who has registered with KIDSPORTS, has no delinquent payment of fees, and has a KIDSPORTS approved uniform.

III. PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

A. Footwear: Shall conform to FIFA with the following exceptions: Footwear shall include tennis shoes or soft cleated soccer shoes.

B. Shin Guards: All players shall play with shin-guards and they must be covered by at least one layer of a sock.

C. Jewelry: There shall be NO jewelry worn by any participants. Children should refrain from having their ears pierced during the season.

D. Uniform: All players must wear their official KIDSPORTS team shirt issued for that season.

E. Casts: Casts may be worn if they are safely padded, the player has a licensed physician's approval to play with a cast, and it's not dangerous to him/herself or anyone else.

IV. REFEREES

A. Referees: Games will be refereed by trained KIDSPORTS Officials. As a general rule, our officials in the younger grades are just getting started and need your support and cooperation. If you have a complaint or notice an obvious deficiency in the official knowledge or understanding of the rules of soccer please notify your KIDSPORTS Sports Manager. Please don't repeatedly confront the official.

B. Lines person: Each team should provide one lines person to assist the center official in calling the ball out of bounds.

C. No-Show: If a game is set to begin play and the referee is not in attendance, the head coaches shall mutually agree on volunteer referee(s) and play the game. If no agreement to play can be reached, the coaches may request KIDSPORTS reschedule the game. However, the coaches must understand that a reschedule will be impossible in most cases.

 

3rd GRADE


I. RULES OF PLAY

A. Number of players: The maximum number of players on the field for one team at any one time is seven (7). One of the players must be designated as a goalie by wearing a shirt of a different color than the rest of the team. The Goalkeeper may only use their hands in the designated goal box, but may come out of the goal box area and play like a field player and use only their feet. Upon returning to the goal box they may use their hands once again. A team may start with five (5) players without forfeiting the contest.

B. The duration of game: The game will consist of four (4) twelve-minute quarters with two-minute breaks between quarters. There will also be a five-minute half time break between the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

C. Field size: The field will be rectangular, its length 70 yards by a width of 45.

D. Goals: 6 ft. tall by 12 ft. wide

E. Ball size: The game ball used shall be a No. 4 sized ball.

F. Offsides: There will be no offsides.

G. Throw-ins: Conform to FIFA rule except that a second throw-in will be allowed if the player makes an improper throw-in (i.e. lifts one foot, etc). If the second attempt is improper, the opposing team will receive the ball for the throw-in play.

H. Corner kicks: Conform to FIFA rule except that opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

I. Goal kicks: Conform to FIFA rules except that opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

J. Free kicks: Conform to FIFA rule except all kicks shall be INDIRECT. A goal may not be scored until the ball has been played or touched by a second player of either team. No kicks shall be taken by the attacking team within the defending team's approximate goal box. Opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

K. Penalty kicks: No penalty kicks are to be taken. Use indirect kick as above.

II. SUBSTITUTION RULES

A. Free substitutions are allowed throughout the game. Players can enter or leave the game only as directed by the referee.

B. Playing time: Each player MUST play at least half of the game.

C. Maximizing playing opportunity: Player participation should be maximized. It is the major goal of KIDSPORTS that playing time is maximized for ALL players, not just the very skilled.

D. Line up cards: KIDSPORTS line-up cards will be provided to all coaches. A completed line-up card must be presented to the referee before game time. The line-up card must include all of those eligible for this particular game.

NOTE: An eligible player is one who has registered with KIDSPORTS, has no delinquent payment of fees, and has a KIDSPORTS approved uniform.

III. PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

A. Footwear: Shall conform to FIFA with the following exceptions: Footwear shall include tennis shoes or soft cleated soccer shoes.

B. Shin Guards: All players shall play with shin-guards and they must be covered by at least one layer of a sock.

C. Jewelry: There shall be NO jewelry worn by any participants. Children should refrain from having their ears pierced during the season.

D. Uniform: All players must wear their official KIDSPORTS team shirt issued for that season.

E. Casts: Casts may be worn if they are safely padded, the player has a licensed physician's approval to play with a cast, and it's not dangerous to him/herself or anyone else.

IV. REFEREES

A. Referees: Games will be refereed by trained KIDSPORTS Officials. As a general rule, our officials in the younger grades are just getting started and need your support and cooperation. If you have a complaint or notice an obvious deficiency in the official knowledge or understanding of the rules of soccer please notify your KIDSPORTS Sports Manager. Please don't repeatedly confront the official.

B. Lines person: Each team should provide one lines person to assist the center official in calling the ball out of bounds.

C. No-Show: If a game is set to begin play and the referee is not in attendance, the head coaches shall mutually agree on volunteer referee(s) and play the game. If no agreement to play can be reached, the coaches may request KIDSPORTS reschedule the game. However, the coaches must understand that a reschedule will be impossible in most cases.

 

4th GRADE


I. RULES OF PLAY

A. Number of players: The maximum number of players on the field for one team at any one time is seven (7). One of the players must be designated as a goalie by wearing a shirt of a different color than the rest of the team. The Goalkeeper may only use their hands in the designated penalty box, but may come out of the penalty box area and play like a field player and use only their feet. Upon returning to the penalty box they may use their hands once again. A team may start with five (5) players without forfeiting the contest.

B. The duration of game: The game will consist of two (2) twenty five minute halves with a 5-minute half time break.

C. Field size: The field will be rectangular, its length 70 yards by a width of 45.

D. Goals: 18 ft. wide

E. Ball size: The game ball used shall be a No. 4 sized ball.

F. Offsides: There will be no offsides.

G. Throw-ins: Conform to FIFA rule except that a second throw-in will be allowed if the player makes an improper throw-in (i.e. lifts one foot, etc). If the second attempt is improper, the opposing team will receive the ball for the throw-in play.

H. Corner kicks: Conform to FIFA rule except that opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

I. Free kicks: Conform to FIFA rules except that opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball for free kicks. Free kicks can be direct or indirect following FIFA rules.

J. Penalty kicks: Penalty kicks can be awarded following FIFA rules.


II. SUBSTITUTION RULES

A. Free substitutions are allowed throughout the game. Players can enter or leave the game only as directed by the referee.

B. Playing time: Each player MUST play at least half of the game.

C. Maximizing playing opportunity: Player participation should be maximized. It is the major goal of KIDSPORTS that playing time is maximized for ALL players, not just the very skilled.

D. Line up cards: KIDSPORTS line-up cards will be provided to all coaches. A completed line-up card must be presented to the referee before game time. The line-up card must include all of those eligible for this particular game.

NOTE: An eligible player is one who has registered with KIDSPORTS, has no delinquent payment of fees, and has a KIDSPORTS approved uniform.

III. PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

A. Footwear: Shall conform to FIFA with the following exceptions: Footwear shall include tennis shoes or soft cleated soccer shoes.

B. Shin Guards: All players shall play with shin-guards and they must be covered by at least one layer of a sock.

C. Jewelry: There shall be NO jewelry worn by any participants. Children should refrain from having their ears pierced during the season.

D. Uniform: All players must wear their official KIDSPORTS team shirt issued for that season.

E. Casts: Casts may be worn if they are safely padded, the player has a licensed physician's approval to play with a cast, and it's not dangerous to him/herself or anyone else.

IV. REFEREES

A. Referees: Games will be refereed by trained KIDSPORTS Officials. As a general rule, our officials in the younger grades are just getting started and need your support and cooperation. If you have a complaint or notice an obvious deficiency in the official knowledge or understanding of the rules of soccer please notify your KIDSPORTS Sports Manager. Please don't repeatedly confront the official.

B. Lines person: Each team should provide one lines person to assist the center official in calling the ball out of bounds.

C. No-Show: If a game is set to begin play and the referee is not in attendance, the head coaches shall mutually agree on volunteer referee(s) and play the game. If no agreement to play can be reached, the coaches may request KIDSPORTS reschedule the game. However, the coaches must understand that a reschedule will be impossible in most cases.