Game Rules for U7/U8 Future Legends


The reason for the modified rules are to help foster better soccer players, by allowing more touches on the ball and less time for stoppages.

Quick Version

TOPIC MODIFIED U7/U8 RULES
LENGTH OF GAME Four 10-minute quarters,... 2 minutes between quarters and 5 minutes between halves.
PLAYERS 4v4.  Four field players... 1 Forward, 2 Midfielders and 1 Defender
NO Goalkeepers.  We believe goalkeepers should NOT be a feature of play in the U5/U6 and U7/U8 age groups.
FOULS
  • Only on referees discretion
  • No penalty kicks -  ball is awarded to the other team via indirect (free) kick.
SET PLAYS
  • Yes, Corner kicks
  • Yes, Goal kicks
  • Yes, Throw-ins
  • Yes, Kick-offs
SPORTSMANSHIP

Good sportsmanship is to prevail at all times.  Coaches will be held responsible for the conduct of themselves, their players, players’ parents and guests.

THROW-INS
  • Proper form must be used... both feet must stay on the ground, ball is held with both hands, and thrown with a continuous motion starting behind the head.
  • All throw-ins should be taken by the last defender (or Sweeper), to keep him/ her involved in the game.  Remember, they are NOT a Goalkeeper.
BUILD-OUT LINE

Top of the penalty area extended to the sidelines shall be used as the build out line.

The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting.  

The opposing team must move behind the build out line during goal kicks until the ball is put into play and touched by a second player.

GOAL BOX 'PLAY'

There is NO ball contact allowed within the goal box; however, all players may pass through the goal box as long as they do not touch the ball while in the box.  Any part of the ball or player’s body on the line or inside the plane of the box is considered in the goal box and an extension of such.

If the ball comes to a rest in the goal box, or on the goal box line, a goal kick is awarded regardless of who touched the ball last.

If a defensive player touches the ball after it has entered the goal box, the plane of the goal box, or an extension of the goal box (such as any part of the ball or player’s body on the line or inside the plane of the box), a goal will be awarded to the offensive team.

If an offensive player touches the ball after it has entered the goal box, the plane of the goal box, or an extension of the goal box (such as any part of the ball or player’s body on the line or inside the plane of the box), a goal kick will be awarded to the defensive team, and a goal will not be counted if scored.

OTHER
  • NO slide tackling
  • NO scores are kept
  • All players play a minimum of 50%

Players, especially at this age, should be encouraged to dribble, dribble, dribble,……

How many times a game do your young players attempt to dribble into space, away from pressure?  ...versus just kicking the ball (to the other team).

Instead of suggesting a 'kick' (or just kicking it out of bounds), why not attempt a soccer skill or move,... Pull-back, V, Scissors, Cryuff, Step-over, Simple fake, etc. 


LAW RULE
Law 1 The field:  Must be in a rectangular shape.  Here are the dimensions:
Length:  Minimum 25 yards      Width:  Minimum 20 yards
                Maximum 35 yards                 Maximum 30 yards

Additionally, there will be a goal box in front of each goal line.  Defensive play should take place 'outside' of the goal box.

NO Goalkeepers are allowed in the U7/ U8 Division(s).  The last defender in this division is called the Sweeper.  

The penalty area:  None
Flag posts:  None
The corner arc:  None
Goal size:  4' x 5' x 8' feet (4' being the height of the goal)
Law 2 The Ball:  The ball must be a size three (3)
Law 3

Number of players:  The number of players per match is 4 vs 4.... one sweeper (defender), two midfielders and forward (attacker).

Substitutions:  At any stoppage of play, and with the permission of the referee.  Each player shall play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time.

Law 4 Equipment:  Players must always wear shin guards during practices and games.  Players must have on tennis shoes or soccer cleats.  Jewelry is not allowed.
Law 5 Referee:  A referee is provided for games only.  These referees are mostly beginning referees and need to be treated with respect and allowed room for error.
These are our future referees and we need to develop them as well.
Law 6 The assistant referees:  None are needed.
Law 7 The duration of the match:  The match shall be divided into four (4) equal, ten (10) minutes quarters.  There shall be a two (2) minute break between quarters, and five (5) minutes at half time.
Law 8 The start and restart of play:  At the beginning of each quarter and/or after a score, a kick off is used to start play.  The opponents must be at least four (4) yards from the ball until it’s in play.
Law 9 The ball in and out of play:  The ball is out of play anytime the entire ball crosses over the entire goal line or touch line.  The ball is also out of play anytime the referee stops play.
Law 10 The method of scoring:  The entire ball must cross over the entire goal line.
Law 11 The offside:  There shall be NO offside called during these games.
Law 12

Fouls and misconduct:  No caution or send off shall be issued to players.  If a child is being too rambunctious then the game official will ask the coach to make a substitution of that player to give the child a chance to calm down before returning to play.

All fouls shall result in an indirect free kick to the opponents from the spot of the foul.  Other offences (such as dangerous play) shall also result in a direct free kick to the opponents.

Slide tackles are NOT allowed at this age and shall be treated like fouls.

Law 13 Free kicks:  All free kicks are indirect and the opponents must be at least 4 yards away.
Law 14 The penalty kick:  There will NOT be any penalty kicks.
Law 15 The throw-in:  Proper form needs to be used; however, if done incorrectly the player may have more than one chance to retake it.
Law 16 The goal kick:  The kick will be taken on the six (6) yard line in front of the goal.  The opponents must be at least four (4) yards away.
Law 17 The corner kick:  The opponents must be four (4) yards away from the initial kick.

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