Rules / Fair Play

The rules of the game are governed by FIFA rules, except where noted below for the Modified soccer formats (U-06 to U-12). Rules that are unmodified are those concerning the Start of Play, Out of Bounds, Fouls and Misconduct. The purpose of the Modified soccer format is to allow players to play the game in a format that will maximize player enjoyment of the game while teaching them the skills that they will need as they grow older.

These rules are standard for play in all modified formats:

  • No standings will be kept for levels until U-11 age group and will not be kept during spring season for any age groups.
  • All players in good standing are to be played at least 50% of the time
  • All players must wear shinguards
  • All players must be properly registered with the Highline Soccer Club
  • All parents must provide a signed medical release for their players or be physically present at all games and practices
  • No jewelry is allowed on a player at all. They will not be allowed to play if they have jewelry on. Please don't challenge the referee on this.
  • All comments from the sidelines must be positive and supportive of the players, coaches, and officials

Complete Association (HSA) Rules
HSA has approved small sided rules (U-06 to U-12) for its clubs. A copy of the whole rule set can be found on the HSA site HERE. Please print off the rules for reference.

These are HSA Mod Rules adopted from US Youth Soccer recommendations. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions for each age group:

Quick Reference Rules Summary

Player Birth Year
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Seasons
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Age Group U-06
Under 6
U-07
Under 7
U-08
Under 8
U-09
Under 9
U-10
Under 10
U-11
Under 11
U-12
Under 12
Players on Field 4 v 4 4 v 4 5 v 5 7 v 7 7 v 7 9 v 9 9 v 9
FIFA Law 01
The Field of Play
Field Size Ranges (yards) Length 25-35
Width 15-25
Length 25-35
Width 15-25
Length 25-35
Width 15-25
Length 55-65
Width 35-45
Length 55-65
Width 35-45
Length 70-80
Width 45-55
Length 70-80
Width 45-55
FIFA Law 01
The Field of Play
Maximum
Goal Size (feet)
Height 4
Width 6
Height 4
Width 6
Height 4
Width 6
Height 6.5
Width 18.5
Height 6.5
Width 18.5
Height 6.5
Width 18.5
Height 6.5
Width 18.5
FIFA Law 01
The Field of Play
Build-Out Line N N Y Y Y Y N
FIFA Law 02
The Ball
Ball Size 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
FIFA Law 03
The Players
Roster Size (max) 8 8 9 12 12 14 14
FIFA Law 03
The Players
Players on Field 4 4 5 7 7 9 9
FIFA Law 03
The Players
Goalkeeper N N Y Y Y Y Y
FIFA Law 03
The Players
Goalie Allowed to Punt or Drop Kick Ball N/A N/A N N N N Y
FIFA Law 04
The Players' Equipment
Players' Equipment Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws
FIFA Law 05
The Referee
Referees Provided N N optional Y Y Y Y
FIFA Law 06
The Other Match Officials
A/Rs Used N N N N N Y Y
FIFA Law 07
The Duration of the Match
Game Time
(# periods x minutes)
2 x 16 2 x 16 2 x 25 2 x 25 2 x 25 2 x 30 2 x 30
FIFA Law 08
The Start & Restart of Play
Start and Restart of Play Opponents should be 10 ft away from ball on all restarts Opponents should be 10 ft away from ball on all restarts Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws
FIFA Law 08
The Start & Restart of Play
Score Directly from a Kick-off N N N Y Y Y Y
FIFA Law 09
The Ball In and Out of Play
Ball In and Out of Play Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws
FIFA Law 10
Determining the Outcome of a Match
Determining the Outcome of a Match Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws
FIFA Law 11
Offside
Offside N N N Y Y Y Y
FIFA Law 12
Fouls and Misconduct
Fouls and Misconduct *Standard Game Laws *Standard Game Laws **Standard Game Laws Standard Game Laws
FIFA Law 12
Fouls and Misconduct
Heading(New September 2016) N N N N N N Y
FIFA Law 12
Fouls and Misconduct
Sendoffs & Cautions (Red & Yellow Cards) N N N Y Y Y Y
FIFA Law 12
Fouls and Misconduct
Slide Tackling N N N Y Y Y Y
FIFA Law 13
Free Kicks
Direct Kicks N N N Y Y Y Y
FIFA Law 14
The Penalty Kick
Penalty Kicks N N N Y Y Y Y
FIFA Law 15
The Throw-in
Re-try Throw-ins Y Y Y N N N N
FIFA Law 16
The Goal Kick
Score Directly from Goal Kick N N N Y Y Y Y
FIFA Law 17
The Corner Kick
Re-try Corner Kicks Y Y Y N N N N
Miscellaneous 3-Goal Policy Y Y Y Y Y N N
Miscellaneous Scores Recorded / Standings Published N N N N N Y Y
*With the exception of deliberate heading and punting
**With the exception of deliberate heading in U11 games

Quick Guide for Full-Sided (11v11) Teams (U-13 and above)

  • U-13 - Ball size #5, 35 minute halves (10 minute halftime), 11v11 (16 player max)
  • U-14 - Ball size #5, 35 minute halves (10 minute halftime), 11v11 (18 player max)
  • U-15 - Ball size #5, 40 minute halves (10 minute halftime), 11v11 (18 player max)
  • U-16 - Ball size #5, 40 minute halves (10 minute halftime), 11v11 (22 player max roster, only suit 18 players)
  • U-17 - Ball size #5, 45 minute halves (10 minute halftime), 11v11 (22 player max roster, only suit 18 players)
  • U-18 - Ball size #5, 45 minute halves (10 minute halftime), 11v11 (22 player max roster, only suit 18 players)
  • U-19 - Ball size #5, 45 minute halves (10 minute halftime), 11v11 (22 player max roster, only suit 18 players)

Click Here to visit FIFA.com for official rules and regulations governing full-sided play.

For the WYS version of the mod rules and other coaching material, please visit the WYS site here:
http://www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/coaches/coaching_tools/coachs_handbook/

 
Soccer Myths and Facts!

Handball Myth: With the exception of the goalkeeper inside the penalty area, any contact between the ball and a player's hand/arm is a hand-ball foul. Fact: The foul is called handling the ball and requires intentional contact. During youth soccer games there are many instances of accidental contact between hand and ball which do not constitute a foul.

Offside Myth: It is illegal for a player to be standing in an offside position. Fact: An offside violation only occurs if, at the moment the ball is played by a team mate, a player is in an offside position and, in the opinion of the referee, the player participates in the play, interferes with play, or otherwise gains an advantage from his/her position. Offside position is a matter of fact. Offside is a judgment made by the referee.

Throw-in Myth: On a throw-in, the thrower's feet must be behind the touchline (out-of-bounds). Fact: A throw-in may be legal as long as some portion of each of the thrower's feet is either behind or on the touchline. This means the thrower's heels may be on the touchline with his/her toes on the field.

Scoring a Goal Myth: If the ball is on the goal line, or any part of the pall is over the goal line, a goal has been scored. Fact: The entire ball must be completely across the entire width of the goal line for a goal to be scored. If any portion of the ball remains over any portion of the goal line, a goal has not been scored and the ball is still in play. Similarly, the ball is still in play if any portion of it remains over any portion of the touchline (side-line).