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Recreational Soccer Rules

Modified Playing Rules Summary

The following rules are applicable to the SASC in-house age divisions.

Note that occasionally, age-appropriate adjustments to the game format are made to accomodate the number of players registered in a particular age division.

6U / 7U

Age Group Format /
Ball Size /
Goal Size /
Field Size /
Restarts Free Kicks Offside Called?
Parent Referees + no Goal Keepers
6U 3 v 3
size #3 ball
Pugg Goals
30 x 20 yards
4 x 10 mins quarters
Kick-ins (no throw-ins)* Indirect free kicks only
Must be 6-yds back.
No (**)
7U 4 v 4
size #3 ball
4' x 9' goals
36 x 25 yards
2 x 20 mins halves
Kick-ins (no throw-ins)

Goal-kicks and corner-kicks
Indirect free kicks only
Must be 7-yds back.

(*) Kick-in wherever ball goes out except between edge of goal and goal area. In this case, kick-in is taken from edge of goal area on end line.

(**) Although there is no off-side rule at this age, players should be discouraged from waiting near their opponent's goal


Age Group Format /
Ball Size /
Goal Size /
Field Size /
Restarts Free Kicks Offside Called?
Club Referees + Goal Keepers are used
8U 5 v 5
size #3 ball
6'6" x 12' goals
50 x 35 yards
2 x 20 mins halves
One retry on throw-ins.
Goal-kicks are taken at the top of the penalty area.
Indirect free kicks only
Must be 8-yds back.
Backpass to GK is OK
No *
10U 7 v 7
size #4 ball
6'6" x 18' goals
60 x 40 yards
2 x 25 mins halves
No retry on throw-ins.

Build-out line(**)
(Direct, Indirect and PKs)
Must be 10-yds back.

1 warning for backpass to GK
Build-out line, but only called if obvious to center referee
12U 9 v 9
size #4 ball
6'6" x 18'goals
80 x 50 yards
2 x 30 mins halves
(Direct, Indirect and PKs)
14U 11 v 11
size #5 ball
8' x 24' goals
100-115 x 60-75 yards
2 x 35 mins halves
16U+ 11 v 11
size #5 ball
8' x 24' goals
110-120 x 70-75 yards
2 x 40 mins halves

(*) Coaches should discourage their own players from blatant "cherry-picking".

(**) We are implementing the US Soccer Build-out Line:
  • The edge of the center circle will be build out line if no other line is visible
  • Furthest build-out line is new offside line (only called if obvious)
  • Opponents must retreat behind build out line whenever GK has possession
  • GK is not allowed to punt or drop-kick the ball - must pass, throw, or roll the ball into play
Substitutions: Can be made by either team at any stoppage with the permission of the referee - players must be ready at the half-line.

Player Safety

Slide Tackles

No slide tackling is permitted in SASC Rec soccer up to and including the 10U age group.
In 12U+, only 'clean' slide tackling is allowed. Any attempt to slide tackle with cleats up, or using both feet, or from behind will result in a yellow card. Any hard or dangerous contact with an opponent is a red card.


No (deliberate) heading is allowed by players in any age group up to and including the 12U age group

Player Development

SASC follows the US Soccer Guidelines regarding player development. Details of this can be found here

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