Seasonal Controls

Substitutions, Time Controls and Other Rules

Fall, 2020: The Comeback Season

The following rule changes were originally announced for the Fall, 2019 soccer season. Because the Spring, 2020 season was canceled, there were no rule changes then; so these rule changes are re-posted simply as a reminder.

Since the sign-ups for the Fall, 2020 season sign-ups are expected to be lower in numbers, the number of players on the field for the older age groups will be determined at a later date.

Introduction

The Walker Recreation Department plays youth recreational soccer with a modified version of FIFA's Laws of the Game[1] (the "LOTG") along with the NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA) rules on substitution. [2] Each age group employs small differences to accommodate age-appropriate game play. This page highlights the most important differences and applications of these rules.

Seasonal Controls

Each season (Spring and Fall), participants are counted in each age group and that count is used to determine how many players to use during games (See figure).

Fall, 2020[3]

MANDATORY: Switching sides at half-time is required in all age groups.
Ages The Ball Players Substitution Duration
4 Size (3) Up to 3 per side At All Times (2) 10-min periods
5-6 Size (3) Up to 6 per side At All Times (2) 13-min periods
7-8 Size (3) Up to 9 per side NCAA[2] (2) 20-min periods
9-10 Size (4) Up to 9 per side NCAA[2] (2) 20-min periods
11-13 Size (5) Up to 9 per side NCAA[2] (2) 30-min periods
[3] These rules expire at the end of the displayed season. Please check the website for updates to make sure the correct season’s controls are posted before relying on this information.

Law 1. The Field of Play

Rule 9: The Technical Area (Ages 9-13 only)

The entire space between fields 1A (9-10 field) and 1B (11-13 field) is the “Technical Area.” A cone barrier and a sign are posted here to mark the space. Only coaches, players, and officials are allowed to enter this space during games. Any extra persons (“outside agents”) occupying this space are deemed “extra persons on the field of play” and play may be stopped until their removal per Law 3, Rule 7 (see below).

During play, interaction with the coaches or youth soccer players by unauthorized persons is strictly prohibited within the “Technical Area.”

Law 3. The Players

Rule 3: Substitution Procedure (Ages 7-13 only)

The substitution rules for the 7-8, 9-10, and 11-13 age groups follow the conventions of the NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA) rules on substitution[2], without the re-entry restrictions (See section 3.5 of the NCAA rulebook).

  • On any goal kick
  • Before any kickoff (e.g., after a goal is scored or between time periods)
  • On your own throw-in
  • On your own corner kick
  • To replace your own player which has been cautioned
  • To replace your own player which has been instructed to leave the field to correct equipment
  • To replace your own player which has been injured
  • Any time your opponent also substitutes for one of the above allowable reasons

Rule 7: Extra persons on the field of play

Off-field players, “team officials” (which includes coaches and assistant coaches) or “outside agents” may not enter the field of play or interfere with the play. If they do, it has the same effect as having too many players on the field of play and is penalized according to Law 3, Rule 7 (“Extra persons on the field of play”). This basically means if an off-field player or a coach interferes with the play in any way, or commits an otherwise cautionable or sending-off offense, the referee may stop play and award the opposing team a direct free kick or penalty kick. If a goal is scored during the same attack as such interference or a cautionable or sending-off offense, such a goal shall be disallowed unless the team conceding the goal is responsible.

If any interference with the play or any offense is committed by an outside agent (e.g. a parent or a unrestrained child, a pet or other wildlife, a loose extra ball, etc.), play must be stopped. Play resumes in this case by a dropped ball.

Each team may have one single coach on the field during the game in the Age 4, 5-6 and 7-8 age groups.

Law 8. The Start of Play

Ages Procedure
4-6 Goal Kicks, Corner Kicks and Throw-Ins: Play is restarted with a "Kick-In" rather than a goal kick, corner kick or throw-in. If the player touches the ball a second time, there is no penalty. The kick is retaken.
5-13 Preliminaries: A coin toss or "paper-scissors-rock" to decide who wins the kick-off. Side selection is by mutual consent between the coaches; however, if consent is not mutual, than the coin toss or "paper-scissors-rock" shall be used to determine who wins side selection, with the other team given the kick-off.

Law 12. Fouls and Misconduct

Rule 3: Disciplinary action

Only a player, substitute or substituted player may be shown the red or yellow card. Team officials, such as coaches; and outside agents may not be shown the red or yellow card. Referees must immediately report gross misconduct by team officials or other outside agents to a field supervisor, with whom lay the power to eject coaches or spectators from the technical area, field or park.

Other Rules

Ages Offense
4-6

Charging, or intentionally colliding with another player is a penalty, and the opposing team is awarded a direct free kick.

Tackling, or taking the ball directly from an opponent’s feet is a penalty if there is any contact with the opponent, and the opposing team awarded an direct free kick.

7-13

Charging, or intentionally colliding with another player is a penalty, and the opposing team is awarded a direct free kick. If the penalty occurs in the infringing player’s own penalty area, the opposing team is awarded a penalty kick.

Tackling, or taking the ball directly from an opponent’s feet is a penalty if there is any contact with the opponent, and the opposing team awarded an direct free kick. If the penalty occurs in the infringing player’s own penalty area, the opposing team is awarded a penalty kick.

4-13 Playing from the Ground: Playing the ball with the feet while any part of the body other than the feet has contact with the ground is sanctioned as "dangerous play" and the opposing team is awarded an indirect free kick. If contact is made with another player, this is considered "kicking" the opponent and is a direct free kick.