u7-u8 division Guidelines

General Information

Ball Size


Players on Field


Game Length

10 Min Quarters


Quarter Breaks Only

Goal Keepers


Other Rules

Build-Out Line


  • Uniform: jersey, black shorts and team socks are provided by the league.
  • Size 3 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

  • 6 players per team on the field (6v6) including goalkeepers.  Where necessary due to low player attendance, teams may play 5v5.
  • Coaches are encouraged to position players for each side, example:
    • 2 Defenders – 3 Attackers (2-3)
    • 2 Defenders – 1 Midfielder – 2 Attackers (2-1-2)
    • Play should be fluid.  As the ball moves forward and back, so should the players. Defenders should not always stay back near their goal when their team is on the attack.
  • 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.
  • Players follow Build-out Line rules.
  • No Punts

Game Duration and Substitutions

  • The time listed on the Game Schedule is the start-time of the kick-off.
  • Four 10-minute quarters.  Short “half-time” at stoppage between the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
  • Substitutions are made only between quarters or for injuries.
  • 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 10 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 sideline or the goal-line, and if there is an injury or safety concern.
  • When the ball goes out of bounds across a sideline, the team now in possession should throw-in the ball to restart play. All opponents should stand at least 2 yards (6 feet) from the point on the touchline where the throw-in is to be taken and coaches and referees should encourage this.
  • 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.
  • The Build-out Line rule should be followed for goal kicks and any time the goal keeper has possession of the ball.
  • There is no offside penalty called until U9 and U10.


  • 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!
  • The referees will assess INDIRECT free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents 6 yards away from the ball.
  • There is no offside and no penalty kicks in these divisions.
  • Headers are NOT allowed at this age. If a ball is deliberately headed, the Referee stops play, briefly explains the policy 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.

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
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DIVISION Guidelines


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