Rec Soccer Rules

Updated Thursday August 30, 2018 by NRSA.


 

NRSA RECREATION SOCCER RULES

  • The association will only recognize one team coach & one assistant coach, and during a game, only the coach & assistant can offer instruction.
  • Instruction during a game can only be given from the midline to the top of the penalty box.
  • No person is allowed on the field after a game has started.  The exception would be an injury, and then only after the referee has stopped play.
  • All decisions by referees are final. No protests or appeals will be recognized.
  • Verbal or physical abuse of any referee, player, or coach will not be tolerated.   Violations may be referred to the NRSA code of conduct committee for follow up.
  • Coaches will be held accountable for the conduct of their players, team parents, and supporters at the game.  Kindly refer to the NRSA code of conduct form posted to the NRSA website.
  • Any complaints concerning coaches, referees, players, or parents, conduct must be made in writing to the association.
  • Unless otherwise directed by an NRSA official, all games that start late will still end at the normal scheduled time.
  • Practicing during inclement weather or extremely hot weather should be avoided.
  • All players must be notified by the coach as to what team they are assigned within 10 days after receiving roster.
  • Travel players will be as evenly distributed as possible on teams within the club league.
  • Coaches cannot trade players, or change game times.
  • Coaches must give every player a fair amount of playing time in each half regardless of players skill level or practice attendance.   Playing time should be as fair as possible.
  • If a team is short players, the opposing team must either loan players or play the same number of players.
  • Players are not permitted to play wearing hard casts or splints, regardless of whether or not the cast or splint is wrapped. Soft athletic support braces are permitted.
  • Jewelry or any other decorative personal item may not be worn during practice or game.
  • No slide tackling.
  • Home team wears blue. Away team wears white

 

 

Under 6 rules and regulations

  • Size 3 ball
  • Four 10-minute quarters with 3-minute breaks between quarters
  • Any player that was a substitute when the quarter ended must start the next quarter.
  • All players must play at least 50% of the game
  • You can sub at any time
  • Play 4 vs 4 (no keepers)
  • Kick offs, free kicks, Kick-ins, goal kick and corner kicks are used to start or restart play
  • Goal kicks and corner kicks should be taken in the general vicinity of the respective goal or corner
  • All free kicks are indirect
  • Opponents should be 10 feet away from the ball on all restarts
  • No penalty kicks
  • No offside

 

Under 8 rules and regulations

  • Size 3 ball
  • Four 12.5-minute quarters with 3-minute breaks between quarters
  • Any player that was a substitute when the quarter ended must start the next quarter.
  • All players must play at least 50% of the game
  • You can sub on any dead ball with referee awareness. For example:  either teams throw in, goal kicks.
  • Play max 5 vs. 5 (including keepers). Before each game the 2 coaches agree as to how many you are playing that day. Can go as low as needed.
  • No off sides
  • Deliberate heading is not allowed
  • If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
  • If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred
  • 1 coach from each team may be on the field to guide the kids and provide up close instruction.
  • Throw ins:  referee will blow the whistle for an illegal throw in but the player gets a re do.  If it is illegal a second time, the ref will let it go.
  • 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

 

Under 10 rules and regulations

  • Size 4 ball
  • Two 30-minute halves with 5-minute halftime
  • Any player that was a substitute when the half ended must start the next half.
  • All players must play at least 50% of the game
  • You can sub on any dead ball with referee awareness. For example:  either teams throw in, goal kicks.
  • Play max 7 vs 7 (including keepers).  Before each game the 2 coaches agree as to how many you are playing that day. Can go as low as needed
  • Throw ins:  referee will call illegal throw ins and the player will lose possession
  • Deliberate heading is not allowed
  • If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
  • If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred
  • 1 coach from each team may be on the field to guide the kids and provide up close instruction.
  • Throw ins:  referee will blow the whistle for an illegal throw in but the player gets a re do.  If it is illegal a second time, the ref will let it go.
  • 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
  • If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
  • If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred
  • The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called
  • Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line
  • Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line
  • Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line
  • However, the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accept the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes

 

Under 12 & 13 rules and regulations

  • Size 4 ball
  • Two 35-minute halves with 5-minute halftime
  • Any player that was a substitute when the half ended must start the next half.
  • All players must play at least 50% of the game
  • You can only sub on your own possession. For example:  your own throw ins, goal kicks.
  • Play a max of 9 vs. 9 (including keepers).  Coaches should have an “agreement” before each game to let each other know how many players they have and want to play with.
  • Referee will be calling off sides.
  • Throw ins:  referee will call illegal throw ins and the player will lose possession.
  • Blatant fouling, cursing, or unnecessary roughness will result in 1 warning then removal from the game.  This players team will play one player down the rest of the game. 

 

 Under 16 rules and regulations

  • Size 5 ball
  • Two 35-minute halves with 5-minute halftime
  • Any player that was a substitute when the half ended must start the next half.
  • All players must play at least 50% of the game
  • You can only sub on your own possession. For example:  your own throw ins, goal kicks.
  • Play max of 11 vs. 11 (including keepers).  Coaches should have an “agreement” before each game to let each other know how many players they have and want to play with.
  • Referee will be calling off sides.
  • Throw ins:  referee will call illegal throw ins and the player will lose possession.
  • Blatant fouling, cursing, or unnecessary roughness will result in 1 warning then removal from the game.  This players team will play one player down the rest of the game. 
  • FIFA rules apply