Under 10 Rules

  • U10 Boys & Girls will play 7 on 7. (That includes the goalkeeper.)

  • Game Length: 25-minute halves; 5-minute halftime

    • Coaches are permitted to ask for a quick water break in each half if weather conditions could potentially endanger players

  • Size 4 ball

  • Shin guards are required

  • No punting/drop-kicking the ball from the goalkeeper’s hands

    • If a punt occurs an indirect free kick is awarded to the other team at the spot of the infraction

  • Goalkeepers cannot throw it past midfield

    • If the ball is thrown past midfield, the other team is awarded a free kick at the spot where the ball crossed the centerline

  • No slide-tackling

  • No offsides

  • No intentional headers (a free kick will be awarded to the opposition if the ball was intentionally headed)

  • Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage

  • Everyone should play in at least 50 percent of the game

  • Kickoffs, free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks are used to start or restart play

  • All free kicks are indirect

  • Opponents should be at least 10 feet away from the ball on all restarts

  • Build Out Line Rule:

    • On all goal kicks, opposing players must move out of the build-out area. Opposing players must remain on the other side of the build-out line until the ball is in play and touched by one of the defenders. If encroachment happens, retake the goal kick. The ball is not required to clear the build-out area to be in play. The build-out line is not relevant for any restart other than goal kicks.

    • On all goalkeeper possessions, opposing players must move behind the build-out line. Opposing players must remain outside of the build-out area until the goalkeeper releases ball from their hands. If encroachment happens, an indirect free kick is awarded to the goalkeeper’s team where the build-out line infringement occurred. The six-second goalkeeper possession rule is not enforced until all opposing players are outside of the build out area.

  • Goalkeeper possession includes the goalkeeper contacting the ball with any part of their hand or arm, including bouncing and tossing/catching the ball.

  • If the ball is kicked out over the side line, the other team is awarded with a throw-in

  • If the ball is kicked out over the end line by the attacking team, a goal kick is awarded

  • If the ball is kicked out over the end line by the defending team, a corner kick is awarded

  • Together, coaches and parents are expected to create and promote a fun and safe environment for the players