u5-u6 division Guidelines

General Information

Ball Size

3

Players on Field

4v4

Game Length

6 Min Quarters

Substitutions

Quarter Breaks Only

Goal Keepers

None

Other Rules

Let the kids play! Have FUN!

Player Equipment

  • Uniform: jersey, black shorts and team socks are provided by the league.
  • Size 3 ball – Players bring their their own ball on Saturdays.
  • 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).

Practices

  • The time listed on the Game Schedule for Saturdays is the start time for U5 and U6 team’s 30-minute practice session.  Please don’t cut the practices short – let the kids play, learn, and develop!
  • The practice session is immediately followed by a 24-minute game.

Game Play

  • 4 players per team on the field (4v4) with no goalkeepers.  Where necessary due to low player attendance, teams may play 3v3.
  • Blowouts are more difficult to control in these divisions, but coaches may be able to make adjustments as needed to balance teams during the course of the game. Example: using different combinations of players on the field.
  • Only AYSO-registered players should be on the field.  Coaches or parents should not be on the field or behind the goals. Let the kids play!

Game Duration and Substitutions

  • Four 6-minute quarters with a short “half-time” at stoppage between the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
  • Substitutions are made only between quarters and for injuries or tantrums.
  • Everyone Plays® means every player plays at least 2 quarters of every game. No player should play a 3rd or a 4th quarter until all players have played 2 or 3 quarters respectively.
  • After 6 minutes of play, each quarter should be “called” at a stoppage point (goal scored, ball goes out of play).  For the start of the 2nd and 4th quarters play should resume from that previous stoppage point.

Play Stoppage

  • Stoppages occur when a goal is scored, when the ball goes out of bounds across the touchline/sideline or the goal-line, and if there is an injury or safety concern, or child tantrum.
  • When the ball goes out of bounds across a sideline, the team now in possession should kick-in the ball as a pass to a teammate.  All opponents must stand at least 2 yards (6 feet) from the point on the touchline where the kick-in is to be taken.
  • 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.
  • In instances of a goal kick, the non-kicking team should be encouraged by coaches to back up to the center circle until goal kick is kicked.
  • There is no offside rule until U9.

Kick-Off

  • 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 should be approx. 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, the ball does not have to be kicked forward).
  • Teams switch sides at half-time (or not, if kids are too confused…) 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!
  • There is no offside and no penalty kicks in this division.
  • Headers are NOT allowed at this age. If a ball is deliberately headed, the Referee stops play, briefly explains the rule and awards an Indirect Free Kick to the other team.
  • If the defending team commits a foul in their own goal area, a free kick should be taken from the goal line. No penalty kicks at this level.

Team Volunteers

  • All Team Volunteers must complete Volunteer Registration which includes 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 training 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
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Referees

DIVISION Guidelines

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