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Recreation Soccer – Rules and Guidelines


Soccer Rules and Referee info
The following are some of the rules which we feel are extremely important. Please take the time to read our rules and our code of conduct on the FORMS page of this website. You are expected to know and understand the FIFA 17 laws of the game defined on the FIFA website (below).

The following are rules which are used by VYS for our recreation program.

U8/U9 8v8 including a goalkeeper - Four 25 minute quarters with a 5 minutes halftime. Size 3 ball. Offside rule (law 11) is NOT enforced. Two throw-in attempts before loss of possession. No one other than rostered players are permitted to play. Game may begin with a team starting one player down

U10/U11 10v10 including goalkeeper. Two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime. Size 4 ball. Offside rule (law 11) enforced. One throw-in attempt before loss of possession. No one other than rostered players may play. Game may begin with one team down 2 players.

U12-U14 11v11 including goalkeeper.Two 30 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime. Size 5 ball. Offside rule ( law 11) enforced. One throw-in attempt before loss of possession. Games may begin with a team down 2 players.


* No keeping time with cell phones


Referee Guidelines

Three referees are scheduled for each game. If only 2 refs show up for the game, the game can be refed with only 2 refs. Please make a note on the backside of your Referee Pay Card that only 2 refs were at the game.

UNRULY OR ABUSIVE COACHES, PARENTS OR PLAYERS
Referees please email vernonyouthsoccer.intown@gmail.com to let us know about any situation that needs our attention. Also, use the back side of your pay card to make any written comments regarding the game. Please be specific, include as much information as possible. If known, include game date, game location, game time, league involved, teams involved, and the names of coaches and/or players involved.

Coaches are, on occasion, allowed to CALMLY speak with you about a call or ruling, but under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are they ever to raise their voice or lose control. If a coach starts to act unprofessionally, immediately warn them that they are in danger of being asked to leave the field, then walk away and continue the game. If a coaches bad behavior continues ask him or her to leave the field. If at any time you feel the game is out of control, blow your whistle loudly, end the game and walk away.

Fans, especially parents, are NOT allowed to question or comment on your calls. Fans should only concentrate on cheering positive comments to players. If a fan or parent is acting unprofessionally bring it to the coaches attention. The coach should then speak with the unruly fan.

Players are NOT allowed to question or comment on your calls. If a player is harassing you, stop the game and speak with the coach. Warn the coach that if the player continues commenting or questioning your calls he or she will be ejected from the game. Remember that some player comments may just be a child expressing disappointment on a call and he or she is not trying to harass you.

COACHES CONTACT US ABOUT REFS
GOOD CALLS, BAD CALLS, IF ONLY ONE OR TWO REFS SHOWS UP, NO SHOWS - Coaches and parents should email vernonyouthsoccer.intown@gmail.com to let us know about any referee situation that needs our attention. We continually strive to teach the referees the correct rules. Three referees are scheduled for every U10/U11 and U12-U14. Let us know if only one or two show up, or worse yet, if none show up. Please be specific, include as much information as possible. If known, include game date, game location, game time, league involved, teams involved and the name of the referee. PLEASE remember that the majority of the recreation referees are only CHILDREN and some of the referees may be novices. PLEASE remember that this is a RECREATION league. It is not the World Cup! The players and referees should be learning soccer and having FUN. PLEASE remember to also send us positive comments, not just negative comments. Under NO circumstances are parents or coaches EVER to harass the referees.

Referee Pay Card
You can download a copy of the ref pay card from the FORMS page of this website.

Laws of the Game
http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/footballdevelopment/technicalsupport/refereeing/laws-of-the-game/