CUSC Outdoor Soccer Rules

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. FIFA Laws of the game

2. CUSC Rules Summary Matrix

3. U5-U7 Rules and setup

4. U8 Rules and Setup

5. U9-U10 Rules and Setup

6. U11-U12 Rules and Setup

7. U13-Adult Rules and Setup

8.  Adult Co-ed Rules

9. Links and additional information


1. FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME:

The laws of the game are provided by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association). They are described in the booklet Laws of the Game which will be handed out to all new Ontario Soccer Entry Level course attendants, or mailed to all existing District Referees who register on time.

These laws are the rules of all matches unless otherwise stated.

For a pdf version of these laws please click here: 

FIFA - Laws of the game (2016-2017)


2. CUSC RULES SUMMARY MATRIX :

Age Group U5-U7 U8 U9-U10 U11-U12 U13-U18
Playing Format 3v3 or 4v4 5v5 (GK incl.) 7v7 9v9 11v11
Substitutions unlimited - on the fly unlimited - on the fly Unlimited - during any stoppage with referees permission Unlimited - during any stoppage with referees permission Unlimited - any goal, any Goal Kick, teams own Corner Kick, teams own Throw-in, or an injured player (only the injured player).  Opponent may piggy back on any subs made by opposing team. 
Game Duration 2 x 15 mins 4 x 10 mins  2 x 25 mins 2 x 30 mins

U13-U15 - 2 x 40 mins 

U16+ - 2 x 45 mins 

Throw-ins pass/dribble in pass/dribble in kick-ins throw-ins throw-ins
Retreat Line n/a half-way 1/3rd way 1/3rd way no
Offsides no no no yes yes
Free Kicks yes - pass/dribble in yes - 5 yards of space given yes - 6 yards of space given yes - 8 yards of space given yes - 10 yards of space given.
Ball Size size 3  size 3 size 4 size 4 size 5
Field width 20-30m 25-30m 30-36m 42-55m full field
Field length 25-36m 30-36m 40-55m 60-75m full field
Goal Size pugg nets 5v5 bow nets (5x8) 6x16 (7v7) 6x18 (9v9) full sized
Field Setup coned - club setup coned - team coach setup 7v7 fields (city) 9v9 fields (city) 11v11 fields (city)

3. U5-U7 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE RULES AND FORMAT:

  1. U5-U7 games will be playing with a size 3 soccer ball. 

  2. Pugg nets will be used. 

  3. Games will be led by the team coaches who will have their "Game-Leader" certification, as delivered by Ontario Soccer.  

  4. Minimum 3 and maximum 4 players will play.  No goalkeepers.

  5. Each game will be 15 minutes long.  Teams will play two of these games each week, with a skills or movement activity in between each game. 

  6. When the ball goes out, a new ball will be either rolled in directly or given to the closest player who can dribble or pass the ball in. 

  7. Playing time:  Each player should play equal playing time unless requested by the player or his/her parent.

  8. For a detailed write up of the game - station - game - station format used by CUSC for all U5-U7 programs, please review the following document:

    1. U5-U7 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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4. U8 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE RULES:

  1. U8 games will be played with a size 3 ball.  Make sure the ball is the correct size and properly inflated. 

  2. Minimum of 4 players and maximum of 5 players (including the goalkeeper). 

  3. Only registered players are allowed to play in their proper age group only. 

  4. Game times - 4 x 10 minute halves - 2 minute break between quarters, and 5 minute break at half time. 

  5. Referees can add or increase break times if the weather or special circumstances warrant. 

  6. Playing Time: Each player should be guaranteed equal playing time unless requested by the player or his/her parent.

  7. Player Equipment: All players must wear shin pads. Soccer cleats are permitted for players. Full uniforms must be worn with shirts tucked in. Absolutely No jewellery of any type, watches, hats (except Keeper-must be soft rimmed), head bands, sweat bands, arm elastics or any dangerous items may be worn during the game. (EXCEPTIONS-Medic Alert Bracelet only)

  8. There is no offside rule in this division.

  9. Retreat line:  Any time the keeper has the ball, the opposing team must retreat to the half way line.  The ball is in play once the keeper's team mate touches the ball, or the ball crosses the retreat line. 

  10. Substitutions can be made on the fly. 

  11. If the ball goes out of bounds, it will go to the opposing team.  Balls will be "kicked-in", and may be dribbled in or passed in.

    1. For any free kicks called, the opposing team must be at least 5 yards from the ball before it's played.  

  12. Field Setup (5v5): 
    • At each location, the corners of each field will be marked with a white corner mark. 
    • Starting with these corners, team coaches are responsible to cone out half of their playing field, and setup the net and keeper crease for their side.  The field setup is as follows:
  13. 2017 U8 Field Distribution:

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5. U9-U10 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE RULES:

  1. U-9-U10 teams use a #4 ball. Make sure the ball is the correct size and properly inflated.

  2. Minimum of 5 players, maximum of 7 (including the goalkeeper). From July 1 to the end of the season, if the teams have an unequal number of players, the team with the most players shall play with a one player advantage until both teams are at full size.

  3. Only registered players are allowed to play in their proper age group only.

  4. Game times - 2 X 25 minute half with a 5 minute break at half-time.

  5. Referees can increase break times or add breaks if the weather or special circumstances warrant.

  6. Playing Time: Each player should be guaranteed equal playing time unless requested by the player or his/her parent.

  7. Player Equipment: All players must wear shin pads. Soccer cleats are permitted for players. Full uniforms must be worn with shirts tucked in. Absolutely No jewellery of any type, watches, hats (except Keeper-must be soft rimmed), head bands, sweat bands, arm elastics or any dangerous items may be worn during the game. (EXCEPTIONS-Medic Alert Bracelet only)

  8. There is no offside rule in this division.

  9. Substitutions are allowed at any stoppage in play with the Referee's permission.

  10. No coaches are allowed on the field of play. No parents or Coaching Staff is allowed behind the goal line.

  11. When the ball passes over the touch line (side line) it shall be a "KICK-IN" back into play from where it went out.

  12. Retreat line: the retreat line is set at 1/3rd of the field.  Any time the keeper has the ball, the opposing team must retreat to the 1/3rd retreat line.  The ball is in play once the keeper's team mate touches the ball, or the ball crosses the retreat line. 

  13. Free Kicks: Opponents must be 6 yards from the ball until it is in play and all Free Kicks are direct.

  14. Goalkeepers: Goalkeepers may put the ball into play from within the goal area by place kicking, drop kicking or throwing the ball. The 6 second rule is in force. The goalkeeper cannot handle the ball outside the goal area. Goal kicks can be taken from anywhere inside the goal area.

  15. The Goalkeeper must wear a jersey of a different colour than that of the two teams and Referee. Soccer Cleats are recommended but cleats for other sports (baseball) cannot be worn.

  16. Game Cancellations: Games will be cancelled for the following reasons: Severe weather conditions (i.e. lightning, extreme heat, etc.) You may be contacted by the Referee Assignor or the Head Referee by 5 pm on game day if the weather is a safety concern. If you have not been contacted, the game will proceed. If a team does not show up, then that team will be deemed to have forfeited the game. If severe weather occurs during the game, Referees have the discretion to delay a game up to 30 minutes to see if the weather will clear. If it does not, the Referee will stop the game and report the stoppage to the Head Referee. Game Abandonment If the Referee feels that he/she has lost control of the game (i.e. Coaches refusing to listen to the Referee, players fighting, spectator's criticism, etc.) and cannot return the game to friendly play, then the Referee shall inform the coaches that the game is being abandoned. The Referee shall report the incidents leading to the abandonment to the Head Referee. If a game is abandoned by the Referee for reasons of weather, visibility, or field conditions before the completion of 1/2 of the normal playing time for that division, it shall be considered incomplete. Games abandoned in the final half of normal playing time will be considered complete.

  17. Only a Coach is allowed to discuss matters with the Referee. These discussions may occur at half time or after the game. No one will be allowed to delay the game or enter the field of play to protest or contest a call.

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6. U11-U12 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE RULES:

  1. U-11 and U-12 use a #4 ball. Make sure the ball is the correct size and properly inflated. 

  2. Minimum of 7 players and a maximum of 9 players (including the goalkeeper) on the field for the 9v9 format.   From July 1st to the end of the season, if the teams have an unequal number of players, the team with the most players shall play with a one player advantage until both teams are at full size.

  3. Only registered players are allowed to play, in their proper age group only. 

  4. Game Time (U11-U12):  2 X 30 minute halves with a 5 minute half-time break.  

  5. Referees can increase break time or add breaks if the weather or special circumstances warrant.

  6. Playing Time: Each player should be guaranteed equal playing time unless requested by the player or his/her parent.

  7. Player Equipment: All players must wear shin pads. Soccer cleats are permitted. Full uniforms must be worn with shirts tucked in. Absolutely No jewellery of any type, watches, hats (except Keeper-must be soft rimmed), head bands, sweat bands, arm elastics or any dangerous items may be worn during the game. (EXCEPTIONS-Medic Alert Bracelet only)

  8. The offside rule is in full effect at U11 and U12.

  9. When the ball passes over the touch line (side line) it shall be "THROW-IN" back into play where it went out.

  10. Retreat line: the retreat line is set at 1/3rd of the field.  Any time the keeper has the ball, the opposing team must retreat to the 1/3rd retreat line.  The ball is in play once the keeper's team mate touches the ball, or the ball crosses the retreat line. 

  11. Substitutions: At any stoppage with referee's permission.

  12. The Goalkeeper must wear a jersey of a different colour than that of the two teams and Referee. Soccer Cleats are recommended but cleats for other sports (baseball) cannot be worn.

  13. Coaches on Field: No one other than the players and the Referee are allowed on the playing field. In the case of an injury, the Referee shall call the coach onto the field to attend to the injury

  14. All other Laws of the Game shall be enforced.

  15. Game Cancellations: Games will be cancelled for the following reasons: Severe weather conditions (i.e. lightning, extreme heat, etc.) You may be contacted by the Referee Assignor or the Head Referee by 5 pm on game day if the weather is a safety concern. If you have not been contacted, the game will proceed. If a team does not show up, then that team will be deemed to have forfeited the game. If severe weather occurs during the game, Referees have the discretion to delay a game up to 30 minutes to see if the weather will clear. If it does not, the Referee will stop the game and report the stoppage to the Head Referee.  Game Abandonment If the Referee feels that he/she has lost control of the game (i.e. Coaches refusing to listen to the Referee, players fighting, spectator's criticism, etc.) and cannot return the game to friendly play, then the Referee shall inform the coaches that the game is being abandoned. The Referee shall report the incidents leading to the abandonment to the Head Referee. If a game is abandoned by the Referee for reasons of weather, visibility, or field conditions before the completion of 1/2 of the normal playing time for that division, it shall be considered incomplete. Games abandoned in the final half of normal playing time will be considered complete.

  16. Only a Coach is allowed to discuss matters with the Referee. These discussions may occur at half time or after the game. No one will be allowed to delay the game or enter the field of play to protest or contest a call.

  17. For all Free Kicks regular FIFA rules apply.

  18. Penalty shots are still taken if applicable. (Remember the offence must be punishable by a Direct free kick in the penalty area for this to apply.)

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7. U13-U18 YOUTH RECREATIONAL LEAGUE RULES:

  1. U-13 to U-18 uses a # 5 ball. Be sure the ball is the correct size and properly inflated.

  2. Minimum of 7 players, maximum of 11 (including the goalkeeper). If either team has 13 players or less at the start of the game, the game format will be changed to 9v9.

  3. From July 1 to the end of the season, if the teams have an unequal number of players, the team with the most players shall play with a one player advantage until both teams are at full size.

  4. Only registered players are allowed to play, in their proper age group only. 

  5. Game Time: U-15s play 2 X 40 minutes halves with a 5 minute half-time. U-16 & up 2 X 45 minutes halves with a 5 minute half-time.

  6. Referees can reduce the game time by 15 minutes if the weather or special circumstances warrant.

  7. Playing Time: Each player should be guaranteed equal playing time unless requested by the player or his/her parent.

  8. Player Equipment: All players must wear shin pads. Soccer cleats are permitted. Full uniforms must be worn with shirts tucked in. Absolutely No jewellery of any type, watches, hats (except Keeper-must be soft rimmed), head bands, sweat bands, arm elastics or any dangerous items may be worn during the game. (EXCEPTIONS-Medic Alert Bracelet only)

  9. The Goalkeeper must wear a jersey of a different colour than that of the two teams and Referee. Soccer Cleats are recommended but cleats for other sports (baseball) cannot be worn.

  10. The offside rule is in full effect.

  11. Substitutions: U13-U18 - Sub on any goal, any Goal Kick, their own Corner Kick, their own Throw-in, or the injured player only. ( If a team chooses to sub when allowed, then the other team can sub also.)

  12. All other Laws of the Game shall be enforced.

  13. Game Cancellations: Games will be cancelled for the following reasons: Severe weather conditions (i.e. lightning, extreme heat, etc.) You may be contacted by the Referee Assignor or the Head Referee by 5 pm on game day if the weather is a safety concern. If you have not been contacted, the game will proceed. If a team does not show up, then that team will be deemed to have forfeited the game. If severe weather occurs during the game, Referees have the discretion to delay a game up to 15 minutes to see if the weather will clear. If it does not, the Referee will stop the game and report the stoppage to the Head Referee. The Referee does not determine the winner nor do they determine if a match is to be rescheduled. Game Abandonment: If the Referee feels that he/she has lost control of the game (i.e. Coaches refusing to listen to the Referee, players fighting, spectator's criticism, etc.) and cannot return the game to friendly play, then the Referee shall inform the coaches that the game is being abandoned. The Referee shall report the incidents leading to the abandonment to the Head Referee. If a game is abandoned by the Referee for reasons of weather, visibility, or field conditions before the completion of 1/2 of the normal playing time for that division, it shall be considered incomplete. Games abandoned in the final half of normal playing time will be considered complete.

  14. Only a Coach is allowed to discuss matters with the Referee. These discussions may occur at half time or after the game. No one will be allowed to delay the game or enter the field of play to protest or contest a call.

  15. A player shown a yellow card during a CUSC Development League game at the Senior Youth level (U13-18) will sit out the game for a two (2) minute “cool down” period. At the end of which time the referee will signal the player to come back onto the field of play. No stop of play is required and will be done “on the fly”. During this time the team will be playing one player short until the time has elapsed or the other team has scored. If more than one player from a team is involved only the one with the shortest time left is allowed back on. A player shown a second card will be subjected to the same requirements. Because this would be the second offence for this player, he or she would be shown a red card (dismissal) and would be required to leave the field. After two (2) minutes the player can be replaced. A team whose player is shown a dismissal card for any other reason would be required to play short a player.

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8. ADULT CO-ED SOCCER:

  1. The CO-ED soccer game is the Small Sided game (7v7 rules) similar to the indoor game.

  2. Minimum 2 men and 2 women on the field at all times.


9. LINKS AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

www.fifa.com

Important Documents and Links:

  1. Referee Instructions (PowerUp Sports)
  2. Laws of the Small Sided Game
  3. East Region Soccer League – Rules Summary (2017)
  4. FIFA - Laws of the game (2016-2017)

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