Rec Soccer (4th Grade) Rules




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.
NOTE: when playing on artificial turf fields use this field setup: FIELD SETUP DIAGRAM
Goals:  on site are 24ft. in width
Field Size:  70yds x 53yds 
-- position the goals at the football 15 yd line on each end of the field
-- use the football sidelines throughout the game
-- top of the goal box is on the 20 yd line and the sides are the football hash marks — goal kicks are taken from there.
-- The top of the penalty box will be the 25 yd line and the sides are the blue Lacrosse lines
-- The Build Out line is at each 40 yd line
— Penalty kicks taken from the 25 yd line.

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.

K. Build out line:  (will be painted on the field mid-way between the top of the penalty box and the mid-field line)
-Opponents must retreat behind the build out line when the goalkeeper has possession of the
ball in their hands. The goalkeeper may roll, throw, or pass the ball back into play when the
opponents have retreated. The ball is in play when it leaves the Goalies possession. The
Goalkeeper does not have to wait until they retreat—they can recognize an opportunity to play
the ball quickly.
-The goalkeeper may not punt or drop kick the ball—if they do it is an indirect free kick at the
spot of the infraction.
-After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can then cross the build out line and play can
resume as normal. * For Goal kicks in 4th grade where they play on a field with a penalty box—
the opposing team must stay behind the build out line until the ball clears the penalty box.

L. Heading the Ball:
-No intentional heading allowed
-The penalty for intentionally heading the ball is an indirect free kick from the spot of the
infraction, unless the infraction happened inside the goal area.
-If the infraction happens inside the goal area, the restart is an indirect free kick from a spot on
the goal area line parallel with the end line that is closest to where the infraction took place.


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.


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.


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. 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.