Game Rules for U9/U10 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


  • Two 25-minute halves for U9/U10 with 5-minute half-time (minimum)
  • Both yellow and red cards may be issued by referee
  • Penalty kicks are awarded by referee
  • Yes, Corner kicks
  • Yes, Goal kicks
  • Yes, Throw-ins

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

When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play.

Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are NOT allowed).

After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.

The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play.

Play must resume play within 6 seconds of the defensive team moving back behind the build out line.

  • All players play a minimum of 50%
  • All items of jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, watches, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands, large hair bows, etc.) are strictly forbidden and must be removed.  Using tape to cover jewlry is not acceptable.
  • NO heading.  (US Soccer does NOT recommend heading until a player reaches the U12 age group).

Law and Rules

The field of play:  Must be in a rectangular shape.  Here are the dimensions: 
Length:  Minimum 45 yards  Width:  Minimum 35 yards
               Maximum 60 yards               Maximum 45 yards

There will be a goalie box of fourteen (14) yards in front of each goal area to dictate the goalkeeping area.

The penalty mark:  Ten (10) yards
Flag posts:  Yes
The corner arc:  Yes
Goal size:  6 x 18 feet (6 feet being the height of the goal)  All goals must have sandbags to keep them anchored or staked down.

The Ball:  The ball must be a size four (4)

Number of players:  The number of players per match is 6 vs. 6 which mean that there are five (5) field players and a goalkeeper.

Substitutions:  During any goal kick, kick off, injury or own teams throw-in.  Each player shall play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time.

Equipment:  Players will always wear shin guards during practices and games.

Referee:  A referee is provided for games only. These referees are mostly beginning referees and need to be treated with respect and room for error. These are our future referees and we need to develop them as well.

The assistant referees:  None are needed.

The duration of the match: The match shall be divided into two (2) equal, twenty five (25) minutes halves. There shall be a five (5) minute break between halves (minimum).

The start and restart of play:  Conform to FIFA, with the exception of the opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least eight (8) yards from the ball until it’s in play.

The ball in and out of play:  The entire ball must cross over the entire end line, sideline or goal line. line.  The ball is also out of play anytime the referee stops play.

The method of scoring:  The entire ball must cross over the entire goal line.

The offside:  According to FIFA Rules.

Fouls and misconduct:  Cautions or send offs shall be issued to players.

Free kicks:  All free kicks are direct and the opponent must be at least eight (8) yard away.

The penalty kick:  Yes and will be taken on the ten (10) yard mark.  No one but the keeper and the kicker are allowed in the penalty are until after the kick.

The throw-in:  Proper form needs to be used.

The goal kick:  The kick will be taken on the fourteen (4) yard line in front of the goal.  The opponent must be at outside the goal area and can’t touch the ball till it crosses over the goalie box.

The corner kick:  The opponents must be eight (8) yards away from the initial kick.

The Germantown Legends are a premier youth soccer club located in Germantown, Tennessee.

Established in 2011, the Legends Soccer Club focuses intensely on creating brave creative leaders for life.  Our no guilt, no shame, no blame philosophy gives kids the confidence to get out of their comfort zone and create the big play in any situation!

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