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The Ball

The ball is spherical. The ball must be properly inflated. The circumference of the ball depends on the age group and have number designations. Under 6 thru Under 8 players use a size 3 ball, Under 9 thru Under 12 players use a size 4 ball, and Under 13 and above players use a size 5 ball.
The ball may be any color.
The ball must be SAFE!

The Number of Players

The number of players on one team varies with age group (see your local rules of competition for specific number of players on each team). When the number of players on a team is (11) teams may not participate in games with less than (7) players. If any players are sent-off (red card) the number of players on the field for that team is reduced by the number of send-offs

A team may start of play a game with less than the specified number of players for that age group as long as it is at least (7) players.

Modified Laws for Number of Players (CYSA)
U-6: Maximum players on roster is seven (7).
Maximum on the field at any one time is five (5).
Minimum on the field at any one time is three (3).
Goalkeepers is optional - but not recommended!
U-8: Maximum players on roster is eleven (11).
Maximum on the field at any one time is seven (7).
Minimum on the field at any one time is four (4).
U-10: Maximum players on roster is thirteen (13).
Maximum on the field at any one time is nine (9).
Minimum on the field at any one time is five (5).
To conform with US Youth Soccer rules, U-10's must play 8 vs. 8, whenever the play is interleague.

The Duration of the Match (CYSA)

The match consists of two equal periods and a halftime. Youth players under the age of (17) play less than the standard (45) minute half. Youth times are as follows:
Under 6 to Under 8: (20) minute halves
Under 10: (25) minute halves
Under 12: (30) Minute halves
Under 14: (35) minute halves
Under 16: (40) minute halves

(Please note that Tournament halves may be less than above. CYSA - Cal Soccer League (CCSL) rules also provide for different times)

The Field of Play

They vary depending on the league. Here are some suggested lengths: Official modified rules for CYSA are posted below.
Age Field Width Field Length
Youth Min - Maximum Min - Maximum
U6 (20 - 40 yards) (30 - 50 yards)
U8 (35 - 50 yards)  (40 - 70 yards)
U10 (35 - 60 yards) (50 - 90 yards)
U12 (50 - 70 yards)  (70 - 100 (yards)
U14 (65 - 90 yards) (90 - 110 yards)
U 16 -Adult ( 80 -100 yards) (100 - 130 yards)

Modified Rules of Field of Play (CYSA)

A. DIMENSIONS:

The U-6 field of play shall be rectangular, its length being not more than 50 yards nor less than 30 yards and its breadth not more than 40 yards nor less than 20 yards. The length in all cases exceeds the breadth.

The U-8 field of play shall be rectangular, its length being not more than 70 yards nor less than 40 yards and its breadth not more than 50 yards nor less than 35 yards. The length in all cases exceeds the breadth.

The U-10 field of play shall be rectangular, its length being not more than 90 yards nor less than 50 yards and its breadth not more than 60 yards nor less than 35 yards. The length in all cases exceeds the breadth.

B. MARKINGS:

  • Distinctive LINES at least 2-5 inches wide.
  • A HALFWAY LINE shall be marked out across the field.
  • A CENTER CIRCLE with a six (6) yard radius.
  • Four CORNER ARCS with a one (1) yard radius.
  • GOAL AREA - Six (6) yards from each goal post and six (6) yards into the field of play then joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line.
  • PLAYER/COACHES AREA - Twenty (20) yards long. Beginning at the halfway line go ten (10) yards down the touch line into each half of the field.
  • SPECTATOR VIEWING LINE - Will be marked out five to ten (5-10) yards from the touchlines and behind the player/Coaches Area.

C. GOALS:

 



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