North Port Youth Soccer Recreational Rules

FALL 2020

U6 & U8 Rules


1. 50% play rule- every player will get 50% play time
2. No shin guards = No play
3. Cannot touch the ball inside goal box (defensive touch will result in a goal for the opposing team, offensive touch will result in a goal kick for the opposing team)
4. Goal kicks- all players on the non-kicking team must move and wait behind the mid-line. Once the ball is kicked, the ball is in play and anyone can touch it
5. No offsides called
6. Substitutions allowed by either team on any dead ball
7. Penalty kicks will be awarded if penalty calls for it. All Penalty/free kicks are from the midfield line with all other players behind the ball (empty net). Once the ball is touched it becomes a live ball
8. A goal cannot be scored from a kickoff. The ball much touch at least one player before going in the goal.
9. Game length: will play (4) 8-minute quarters with 2-minute break between each quarter.
10. No score will be kept.
11. Will play with a size 3 ball.
12. No heading the ball, heading will result in an indirect kick
13. Red & yellow cards will be given if the penalty warrants
14. Maximum number of players on field: 4 per team. If team does not have enough players, coaches may agree to play short or borrow players from the other team. Every effort should be made to ensure the game is played. NPYS BOD should be notified in the event a team is short
15. U6 Coaches: may be on field to assist in positioning of players, coach must not interfere with play & must have an assistant on the sideline with players

U10 Rules


1. 50 % play rule – every player will get 50% play time
2. No shin guards = No play
3. Game length: (2) 20-minute halves with water breaks (approx. at 10-12 minute) and a 2-minute half-time.
4. Running clock: the clock will not be stopped & no additional time added at the end of the game. Only the center referee will keep time.
5. Offsides will be called. The build out line will be used to denote where an offside offense can be called
6. Goalies must wear contrasting colors to both teams (pinnies can be used). Goalie gloves recommended.
7. Build out line: a horizontal line drawn form sideline to sideline 14 – yards in front of each goal.
When a goalkeeper has the ball in hand or takes a goal kick, the opposing team remains behind the build out line until the ball is put in play. This encourages possession and playing the ball out of the back. 8. Goalkeeper can pass, throw, or roll the ball to a teammate once opposing team is behind the build out line.
9. Punting & drop kicks are not allowed when the goalkeeper has ball in hand during play form opponent
10. 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.
11. No score will be kept with the exception of tournaments
12. Will play with a size 4 ball.
13. No direct or indirect kicks in the penalty area. All kicks are outside the box & indirect, meaning the ball must touch the other player before entering the goal (other than a PK)
14. Penalty kicks will be awarded if penalty calls for it
15. Goal cannot be scored from a kickoff. The ball must touch one other player before entering the goal
16. Red & yellow cards will be given if the penalty warrants
17. No heading the ball, heading the ball will result in an indirect kick
18. Maximum number of players on the field: 7 per team. If a team does not have enough players then both teams will play with the lesser teams number of players + 1 sub. (ex. If a team only has 6 players then both teams will play with 5 on field to allow for 1 sub). NPYS BOD should be notified.

U12 & U14 Rules


1. 50 % play rule – every player will get 50% play time
2. No shin guards = No play
3. Game length: (2) 25-minute halves with water breaks (approx. at 10-12 minute) and a 2-minute half-time.
4. Running clock: the clock will not be stopped & no additional time added at the end of the game. Only the center referee will keep time.
5. Offsides will be called
6. Goalies must wear contrasting colors to both teams (pinnies can be used). Goalie gloves recommended.
7. Goal kicks can cross mid-field in the air
8. Punt or toss from goalkeeper can pass mid-field in the air without touching their side of the field.
9. No score will be kept with the exception of tournaments
10. Will play with a size 4 ball.
11. No direct or indirect kicks in the penalty area. All kicks are outside the box & indirect, meaning the ball must touch the other player before entering the goal (other than a PK)
12. Penalty kicks will be awarded if penalty calls for it
13. Goal cannot be scored from a kickoff. The ball must touch one other player before entering the goal
14. Red & yellow cards will be given if the penalty warrants
15. No heading the ball, heading the ball will result in an indirect kick
16. Maximum number of players on the field: 9 per team. If a team does not have enough players then both teams will play with he lesser teams number of players + 1 sub. (ex. If a team only has 8 players then both teams will play with 7 on field to allow for 1 sub). NPYS BOD should be notified.
17. No heading the ball, heading the ball will result in an indirect kick

U18 Rules


1. Will be played in a 3v3 format
2. 50 % play rule – every player will get 50% play time
3. No shin guards = No play
4. Substitutions: subs can be made on the fly
5. Game duration: games are played 20 minutes straight.
6. Games: Each team will have a total of 2 games per game day during Pool Play that are tied after regulation play shall end in a tie. Games during the Playoffs / Championship Rounds that are tied after regulation play shall proceed to 3 Penalty kicks per team.
7. The Referee has the official time on the field.
8. There are no goalkeepers in 3v3
9. Kick Offs: May be kicked in any direction. You cannot score directly from a kickoff (ball must be 100% over the mid-line to be considered on the offensive half of the field). The kickoff is an indirect kick.
10. Kick-ins: The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline, rather than thrown in. The ball is considered in play when the ball is touched and changes position. This is an indirect kick, and a goal cannot be scored from this kick.
11. Direct and in-direct kicks: All dead-ball kicks (kick-ins, kick-offs, free kicks) are indirect with the exception of corner kicks, hand balls and penalty kicks. Indirect kicks must only change position before the ball will be considered in play. If a free kick is awarded within five yards of the opposing goal box, the ball will be moved back to five yards from the box. It is the referee's discretion where the ball will be placed.
12. Goal kicks: may be taken from any point of the end line. All Goal Kicks are indirect kicks.
13. Penalty kicks: Shall be awarded if, in the referee's opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by an infraction (the infraction does not automatically result in a red card). Penalty kicks are DIRECT kicks taken from the center of the mid-line with all players (on both teams) behind the mid-line. Penalty kicks are dead ball infractions. If a goal is not scored, the defense obtains possession with a goal kick
14. Five-Yard Rule: In all dead-ball situations, defending players must stand at least five yards away from the ball. If the defensive player's goal is closer than five yards, the ball shall be played five yards from the goal box in line with the direction of play prior to the penalty.
15. Goal Scoring: A goal may only be scored from a touch (offensive or defensive) within the team's offensive half on the field. The ball must be completely on the offensive half of the field and cannot be touching the mid-line (Example: kick-off). If a player in their defensive half kicks the ball across the midline and the ball hits another player (offensive or defensive) in their offensive half, and the ball goes in the goal, a goal will be awarded. If a ball is kicked from the defensive half and is not touched before the ball rests in the goal, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. A goal cannot be scored from an indirect kick, such as a kick-in from out-of-bounds. See below for "Plane of the Goal / Net Interference."
16. Goal Keepers / Off-sides / Slide Tackling / Hand Ball Clarification: There are no Goalkeepers in 3v3 Soccer, we don't play with offside and no slide tackling is allowed. If a player is sliding for the ball, contact with any player(s) from the other team is NOT ALLOWED. If a player slides and contact is initiated, a free kick shall be awarded. This does not prevent players from sliding to stop/intercept a ball where contact is not initiated during the slide. Example: a player may slide to save a ball from going out-of-bounds.
17. Hand Ball Clarification: Deliberate handling of the ball that denies a team of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity will result in the following: (1) A penalty kick (at the discretion of the referee) (2) A yellow or red card given to the player committing the hand ball (at the discretion of the referee).
18. The Goal Box: There is no ball contact allowed within the goal box, however, all players may pass through the goal box as long as they do not touch the ball while in the box. If the ball comes to a rest in the goal box, or on the goal box line, a goal kick is awarded regardless of who touched the ball last. If a defensive player touches the ball after it has entered the boal box, the plane of the goal box (such as any part of the ball or player's body on the line or inside the plane of the box), a goal will be awarded to the offensive team. If an offensive player touches the ball after it has entered the goal box, the plane of the goal box, or an extension of the goal box (such as any part of the ball or player's body on the line or inside the plane of the box), a goal kick will be awarded to the defensive team, and a goal will not be counted if scored. Referee's judgment call and ruling on the field will not be overturned.
19. Plane of the Goal / Net Interference: A goal will be awarded if the ball strikes the netting portion of the goal, even if the ball is then returned back into the field of play without completely crossing the goal line. If the ball strikes the cross bar or goal posts, and simultaneously strikes the netting portion of the goal, the referee's judgment will determine whether the netting prohibited the ball from crossing the goal line (should be awarded a goal) or whether the bar or post prohibited the ball from crossing the goal line (which should NOT be awarded a goal).The net should not be the source that will prohibit a shot from scoring as a goal. The referee's judgment call and ruling on the field will not be overturned

Players on the field per team

U6 & U8 = 4 players
U10 = 7 players (GK)
U12 & U14 = 9 players (GK)
U18 = 3 players

Ball size per division

U6 & U8 = 3
U10 & U12 & U14 = 4
U18 = 5

Rules that apply to all ages

1. No makeup games due to weather
2. Red Cards: players must leave the field of play (they can stay on bench with coach) immediately and given an automatic 1 game suspension that must be immediately reported to NPYS BOD for review
3. Coaches who are ejected must leave the field immediately and given an automatic 1 game suspension that must be immediately reported & reviewed by NPYS BOD
4. Parents that are ejected must leave the field immediately and will be given an automatic 1 game suspension that must be immediately reported & reviewed by NPYS BOD
5. No pets allowed at Narramore Soccer Complex
6. No smoking, vaping or alcohol permitted at any time
7. Sideline: parents should sit 5ft from the line of play.
8. Parents/spectators are not permitted behind the goal
9. Players can only play on 1 team
10. Only registered coaches are permitted on the sideline with players
11. No jewelry may be worn during the game
12. No hard casts permitted for games or practices
13. A written note from the players doctor is required for use of an orthopedic brace stating the child can play with the brace on.
14. Any head injury or suspicion of concussion will require a doctor note clearing them for return to activities.
15. All current Covid-19 precautions should be adhered by all coaches, membership, and spectators during any and all NPYS activities. (Posted on NPYS fb and website pages)

Refunds

No refunds shall be given after the start of the first game. If a refund is requested after the first game a credit may be applied to the upcoming season depending on the circumstances. No monetary refund will be given. The BOD will vote on each circumstance.