u12 division Guidelines

General Information

Ball Size


Players on Field


Game Length

30 Min Quarters


(1) Goal Kicks (2) Kickoffs (3) Your OWN throw-in (4) Your OWN Corner Kick





Player Equipment

  • Uniform: jersey, black shorts and team socks are provided by the league.
  • Size 4 ball – Players bring their own ball to practices.
  • Goalie gloves recommended for players who like to play GK.
  • Soccer shoes/cleats or athletic shoes are recommended.  Cleats must be for soccer and not another sport.
  • Shin guards are required and must be covered completely under socks at both practices and games.
  • No jewelry may be worn for practices or games (this includes earrings and “starter” earrings).
  • No equipment should be shared among players.

Game Play

  • 9 players per team on the field (9v9) including goalkeepers.
  • Teams rosters are built to be as balanced as possible so that games are as competitive and FUN as possible.
  • There should never be blowouts- coaches should work together with an eye towards keeping the game fun and competitive.  Where necessary in cases where games are one-sided- share players, stress passing, play gifted attackers in goal or on defense, etc.
  • Only AYSO-registered players and referees are allowed on the field.  Coaches should never be on the field or behind the goals.

Game Duration and Substitutions

  • The time listed on the Game Schedule is the start-time of the game kick-off.
  • Two 30-minute halves with a short “half-time” at stoppage between halves.
  • Coaches and referees should use their discretion to modify games into 4 quarters on especially hot days and/or if teams are short players and without subs.
  • Everyone Plays® means that every player plays at least half of every game.  Substitutions should be made with the purpose of striving to get players equal playing time.
  • To further ensure Everyone Plays, coaches and referees may also consider splitting the game into 4 Quarters for substitutions if both teams agree to it.
  • If a team makes a substitution on their own throw-in or corner kick, the opposing team may also make substitutions at that time.

Play Stoppage

  • Stoppages occur when a goal is scored, when the ball goes out of bounds across the sideline or the goal-line, and if there is an injury or safety concern.
  • When ball goes out of bounds across a sideline, the team now in possession should throw-in the ball to a teammate.  If the throw-in is performed improperly, a change of possession occurs and the opposing team should throw-in the ball.
  • When the attacking team kicks the ball out of bounds across the goal-line, the opposing team kicks a goal kick.
  • When the defending team kicks the ball out of bounds across the goal-line, the opposing team kicks a corner kick.


  • A coin toss or “pick a number” is performed before the game. The winner kicks off.
  • All players, except the player taking the kick-off, must be in their own half of the field.
  • While the kick-off is in progress, opponents must be 6 yards from the center mark, i.e. outside of the center circle.
  • The ball is placed at the center mark. The player is encouraged to pass the ball to a teammate.  The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves (in any direction).
  • Teams switch sides at half-time and the team that didn’t kick off to start the game kicks off the second half.

Fouls and Misconduct

  • Every effort should be made to keep the game moving and limit stoppages, distractions, and interruptions such as debate or disagreement about rules, calls, goals scored or not scored, etc.  Please let the kids play and enjoy the game of soccer!
  • Headers are NOT allowed.
  • Punts are allowed.
  • The offside penalty is called beginning at U9 and U10.  Please review our Offside Page for more detailed information.

Team Volunteers

  • All Team Volunteers must complete Volunteer Registration and a background check.
  • All Coaches and Referees should complete online training at AYSO-U including Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, Summary of the Laws of the Game, and the online Certification course that corresponds with the age you are coaching or refereeing.

Program INformation

Practice Sessions
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Game Schedules

U7+ Practice Scheduling

Coach FAQ
(Coming Soon)


DIVISION Guidelines


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