AYSO Region 337: Coaches

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Attention Coaches ~ U12 and up
 

* Coaches will be on one side of the field
* Parents will sit on the other side of the field

Play Fair, Pull Back

In our region we have a standard that once you are up by 5 goals, you are to pull back. We realize that some people do not always agree with this policy, but to stay within the AYSO philosophies, we feel that this is a necessary standard, please click the link below to find out more about this.


U8 Coaches, Please do not camp two players back in front of the Goal. Let them get out on the field and enjoy the game.

U8-U12 Guidelines

Below is the guidelines for U8, U10 and U12 teams.

The number of players per team is U12 - 12, U10 - 10, U8 - 7

U-12 Guidelines

The Field:
The field size for U-12 games is 100 yds long and 50 yds wide (max).

The Markings:
No change from Laws of the Game.

The Goals:
No change from Laws of the Game.

The Ball:
A size 4 ball is used for U-12 games.

The Players:
There will be nine per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper.

Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. The players will be separated by girls and boys teams at all levels of play. Playing time is a minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three. The teams will be separate girls and boys teams should be promoted at all levels of play.

Player Equipment:
Shoes and shin guards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soft-cleated soccer shoes or tennis shoes.

Duration of Game:
Four 15-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 - 10 minutes. No other changes from play as specified in FIFA Laws of the Game Printed for the American Youth Soccer Organization.

Referee:
The referee must be a certified regional referee or above.

U-10 Guidelines


The Field:
The field size for U-10 games is 80 yards long, 40 yards wide (max).

The Markings:
Distinctive lines recommended.

  • Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal lines.
  • Center circle with an eight-yard radius in the center of the field.
  • Corner arcs with a one-yard radius at each corner of the field.
  • Goal area in front of each goal measuring 6 x 15 yards.
  • Penalty area in front of each goal measuring 14 x 30 yards.
  • Penalty mark ten yards from the goal line.
  • Penalty arc extending in a eight-yard radius from the penalty mark.

The Goals:
Maximum seven feet high and seven yards wide..

The Ball:
A size 4 ball is used for U-10 games.

The Players:
There will be seven per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper. Ten maximum on roster. Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. There will be a minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three. The players will be separated by girls and boys teams at all levels of play.

Player Equipment:
Shoes and shin guards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
Four 12.5-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 -10 minutes.

The Start of Play:
The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field. Coaches determine which team starts the game with a coin flip and the opposing team starts the second half. Opponents must be eight yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Fouls & Misconduct
Opponents must be eight yards from the ball on restart kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs.

Referee:
AYSO certified Regional Referees or higher are required for U-10 and older games.The referee should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen:
If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.

U-8 Guidelines


The Field:
The field size for U-8 games is 50 yards long, 25 yards wide (max).

The Markings:
Distinctive lines recommended.
Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal lines. Center circle with an six-yard radius in the center of the field. Corner arcs with a one-yard radius at each corner of the field. Goal area in front of each goal measuring 6 x 12 yards.

The Goals:
Maximum six feet high and six yards wide.

The Ball:
A size 3 ball is used for U-8 games.

The Players:
There will be Five per team on field; no goalkeepers. 

Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. The players will be separated by girls and boys teams at all levels of play. Playing time is a minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three. Separate girls and boys teams should be promoted at all levels of play.

Player Equipment:
Shoes and shin guards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
Four 10-minute periods. Halftime break of 5–10 minutes.

The Start of Play:
The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field.

The Kick-off:
A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to start the game and the other team kicks off to start the second half. Opponents must be six yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Fouls & Misconduct
The coaches will asses direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the ball.

Direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the ball. Free kicks are awarded the attacking team inside the defending team's goal area should be taken from the nearest point on the goal area line in front of the goal. There are no penalty kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs. Do not show yellow or red cards

U-8 Officials:
AYSO certified U-8 Officials or higher are required for U-8 games. The U-8 Official should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen:
If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.

 

Maximum number of players on a roster for U14 is 15 and for U16&U19 is 18. Any teams over the maximum roster limit needs to notify the Area Director for approval.