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U6 Program Rules

Last Updated:9/13/2017

Grade / Age: Kindergarten 5-6 years old
Gender: Separate Boys and Girls Teams
Players on Field: 4 (all field players - no keepers)
Minimum # on Field: 3
Total Players per Team: 6-8
Referees: 1
Ball size: 3
Substitutions: Both teams substitute at stoppage of play, with permission of the Referee
Duration of Game: 8 minute quarters
2 minutes between quarters
5 minutes at half time
41 minutes total time
Laws: FIFA Laws of the Game, except -

NEW for Fall 2016 - No deliberate heading the ball (indirect kick for other team)
No slide tackling
Play starts from pullback instead of kick-off
No goalkeeper
All kick-ins (no throw-ins)
All indirect kicks
No penalty kicks
No offside calls
Referee explain various calls/rules to players during game play as a teaching aid.
Switch sides at half time
No scores/standings kept.

Special Laws:

No "camping out" in front of the goal to simulate a goalkeeper.
Opposing players must be 5 yards from the ball on goal kicks, corner kicks and free kicks.
Goal kicks taken from point approximately distance from goal post to corner flag


If a coach enters the field to check an injured player, the player must leave the field. Coaches should try to re-enter the player, if possible, to maximize playing time for each player.

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