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U12 Recreational Rules of Play

Law 1 – The Field of Play

Conform to FIFA, except in the dimensions of the field and dimensions of the goals. Recommended field dimensions are 75 yards by 50 yards. Recommended goal size is 21 feet wide by 7 feet high.

Flagposts at the corners are recommended but not required.

Law 2 – The Ball

Conform to FIFA, except that a standard size four (4) ball will be used.

Law 3 – The Number of Players

Number of Players: A match is played between two teams, each consisting of not more than nine players, one of whom is the goalkeeper.  A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than five players.

Number of Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions may be made.

Substitution procedure: Conform to FIFA, except substituted players may return to the match, and it is not necessary to give the referee a list of named substitutes.

Substitutions may be made at the following stoppages with the permission of the referee:
  • During the half time interval or before the start of overtime periods.
  • After a goal is scored.
  • On either team's goal kick.
  • On a team's own corner kick, or the opposing team's corner kick if the opposing team is substituting.
  • On a team's own throw-in, or the opposing team's throw-in if the opposing team is substituting.
  • At an injury (only to replace an injured player).

Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment

Conform to FIFA. 

Law 5 – The Referee

USSF Registered referee. Duties conform to FIFA.  Infringements shall be briefly explained to the offending player.

Law 6 – The Assistant Referees

May be used but are not required.

Law 7 – The Duration of the Match

The match lasts two equal periods of 30 minutes.  The half-time interval is not to exceed 10 minutes.

Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play

Conform to FIFA.

Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play

Conform to FIFA.

Law 10 – The Method of Scoring

Conform to FIFA.

Law 11 – Offside

Conform to FIFA.

Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

Conform to FIFA, except that sliding tackles are not allowed.  See the Recreational Slide Tackle Policy for details.

Law 13 – Free Kicks

Conform to FIFA.

Law 14 – The Penalty Kick

Conform to FIFA.

Law 15 – The Throw-in

Conform to FIFA.

Law 16 – The Goal Kick

Conform to FIFA.

Law 17 – The Corner Kick

Conform to FIFA.