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Recreational U12 Rules

Games Played 9v9

Law 1. The Field of Play

    • The dimensions of the field shall be at a maximum 50 yds wide by 70/75 yds long.
    • The goal area shall be two lines drawn at right angles to the goal line extending 5 yds into the field of play. These lines are joined by a line parallel with the goal line and 12 yds from the center of the goal line.
    • The penalty area shall be two lines drawn at right angles to the goal line extending 14 yds into the field of play. These lines are joined by a line parallel with the goal line and 36 yds from the center of the goal line. Within each penalty area a penalty mark is made 10 yds from the midpoint between the goalposts. An arc of a circle with a radius of 8 yds from each penalty mark is drawn outside the penalty area.
    • The center mark has a circle with a radius of 8 yds enclosing it.
    • Goals shall be 7 ft. X 21 ft. However 6 ft X 18 ft maybe used.

Law 2. The Ball

  • The ball shall be a size 4 to be provided by the home team.

Law 3. The Players

  • Two teams play a match, each having not more than 9 players one of whom is the goalkeeper.
  • Game may not start or continue if there are less than 6 players on a team.
  • Substitutions can be made at any stoppage in play and are unlimited.

Law 4. The Players Equipment

  • Shall conform to IFAB.

Law 5. The Referee

  • MUSC shall provide a licensed referee at a level of Grade 9 or above.

Law 6. The Other Match Officials 

  • MUSC will attempt to assign Assistant Referees (AR’s) to all matches. In the event that they are unable to, the referee may ask the assistance of the coaches to get a parent to substitute for an AR. These “club AR’s” are to assist in calling out of bounds calls only.

Law 7. The Duration of the Match

  • Shall consist of the match being divided into 2 equal halves of 30 minutes each. There shall be a half-time interval of 10 minutes.
  • In situations where a winner needs to be determined and the need for over time exists. The overtime shall consist of 2-8 minute periods.
  • If after this overtime there is still no winner, follow IFAB’s Kicks from the Penalty Mark.

Law 8. The Start and Restart of Play

  • Shall conform to IFAB, with the exception of the opponents being 8 yards from the ball until played.

Law 9. The Ball In and Out of Play

  • Shall conform to IFAB.

Law 10. Determining the Outcome of a Match

  • Shall conform to IFAB, with the notes in Law 7 above.

Law 11. Offside

  • Shall conform to IFAB.

Law 12. Fouls and Misconduct

  • Shall conform to IFAB.
  • There shall be no slide tackling in this age group. If this offense occurs the result is an indirect kick for the opposing team.

Law 13. Free Kicks

  • Shall conform to IFAB, with the exception of the opponents being 8 yards from the ball until played.

Law 14. The Penalty Kick

  • Shall conform to IFAB with the exceptions that the penalty mark is 10 yards and that players other than the kicker and defending goalkeeper are at least 8 yards from the penalty mark.

Law 15. The Throw-In

  • Shall conform to IFAB.

Law 16. The Goal Kick

  • Shall conform to IFAB.

Law 17. The Corner Kick

  • Shall conform to IFAB, with the exception that opponents remain 8 yards from the ball until played.

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Dellslow, West Virginia 26531

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Phone : 304-633-8743
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