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Rules of the Game for the Under 6 and Under 8 Players

Player Development Initiatives Aug 2016

4 Vs. 4 Games Under 6 and Under 8


•25-35 yards (length)

•15-25 yards (width)

•Goals should be no larger than 4 feet (height) x 6 feet (width)

•Corner flags are not needed 


•Size 3 ball


•Shin guards are required

•Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any time

•4 quarters

•No more than 10 minute quarters

•5 minute breaks between quarters

•Playing times can be less than 10 minutes when managed by the coaches and parents 


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

•Kick-ins and/or dribble-ins are also acceptable

•Goal kicks and corner kicks should be taken in the general vicinity of the respective goal or corner

•If used, all free kicks are indirect

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

•No penalty kicks

•No offside 


•Registered and certified referees are not needed at this level

•Since there is no referee, coaches are expected to manage the game environment from the touchline using these standards of play and their best judgement

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

Field Markings: Distinctive lines not more than (5) inches wide. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The center mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. 

The Goal Area: None.

The Penalty Area: None.

The Corner Arc: None

Safety: Goals must be anchored securely to the ground. Portable goals may only be used if they satisfy this requirement.

Substitutions: At any stoppage and unlimited.

Playing time: Each player SHALL play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time.

The Players Equipment: Non-uniform clothing is allowed based on weather conditions, but uniforms must still distinguish teams.

 The Ball In and Out of Play: Conform to FIFA.

The Method of Scoring: Conform to FIFA. None.

Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA with the exception that all fouls shall result in an  indirect free kick. The referee/coach/parent must explain ALL infringements to the offending player. No cards shown for misconduct.




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