Texas United FC

DSP Rules of Play

Developmental Soccer Program

Rules of Play



 

ARTICLE IV U9 and U10

GENERAL: FIFA rules shall apply except where such rules conflict with these rules and, in these instances, these rules shall control.

A. Players

1. Age Division

(a) There shall be a U9 and U-10 division that encompasses both U9 and U10 age teams.

(b) Players with their parent's and coach's permission may play in an older age division;

however,

(c) No player may play in a younger age division.

(d)  No U-7 or younger players may play on a U-9 or U10 Developmental Soccer Program team.

2. Number of Players

(a) Each U9 and U-10 team during a game shall play with no more than six (6)

players on the field at a time plus a goal keeper.

(b) Coaches must play each registered player that is present one-half of the game unless

unable to do so due to the player's illness or injury or for disciplinary reasons. In the

event that a player is present but will not be playing, the coach must inform the referee

and the opposing coach the reason that player will not participate.

3. Forfeits for too few players -- The referee shall abandon a game and record the reason on the

game report if a team has less than the requisite number of players on the field ready to

play within a reasonable time after the game was scheduled to start. The requisite

number of players shall be four (4) plus goal keeper.

4. Goalkeeper - There shall be no charging or intentional or reckless contact with the goalkeeper

whatsoever. Any such conduct shall be considered at least as "dangerous play" and

punished accordingly.

5. During regular season play (Fall and Spring) all players shall only play on the team they are

rostered to. The player pass rule does not apply to any team playing TUFC Developmental

Soccer Program.

B. Ball - Size #4

C. Goals - l8.5 ft. wide by 6.5 ft. high or 21 ft. wide by 7 ft. high.

D. Field of Play

1. Size - 30 to 40 yards wide by 40 to 50 yards long.

2. Center Circle - 8 yards in radius.

3. Penalty Area - 14 yards by 35 yards.

4. Goal area - 6 yards by 19 yards.

5. Penalty spot: 9 yards and perpendicular from the midpoint of the goal line.

6. Penalty arc: 8 yard radius from the penalty spot.

7. The team technical area begins behind the restraining line.

E. Games

1. Length of Games - two twenty-five (2x25) minute halves.

2. Offside - The Offside Rule shall apply.

F. Team Size - the maximum number of players per team shall be 12.

G. Heading – No heading of the ball will be allowed for U9 and U10 players.

                1. Practices – No heading during practice sessions allowed for players U9 and U10

2. Games – When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) 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 point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.

 

ARTICLE V U8

GENERAL: FIFA rules shall apply except where such rules conflict with these rules and, in these instances,

these rules shall control.

A. Players

1. Age Divisions

(a) There shall be a U-8 division in which the number of players on the field will be 4 in accordance with US Youth Soccer Rules.

(b) Players with their parent's and coach's permission may play in an older age division;

however,

(c) No player may play in a younger age division with the exception of girls in the U8 division.

2. Number of Players

(a)Each U8 team shall play with a maximum of four (4) players on the field at a time.

(b) Coaches must play each registered player that is present one-half of the game unless

unable to do so due to the player's illness or injury or for disciplinary reasons. In the

event that a player is present but will not be playing, the coach must inform the referee

and the opposing coach the reason that player will not participate.

3. Forfeits for too few players -- The referee shall abandon a game and record the reason on the

game report if a team has less than the requisite number of players on the field ready to

play within a reasonable time after the game was scheduled to start. The requisite

number of players shall be three (3) players.

4. Goalkeeper - There shall be no goalkeeper

5. During regular season play (Fall and Spring) all players shall only play on the team they are

rostered to. The player pass rule does not apply to any team playing TUFC Developmental Soccer Program.

B. Ball - Size #3

C. Goals - The 6 feet wide by 4 feet high.

D. Field of Play

1. Size – 25 to 40 yards wide by 35 to 60 yards long, with the length longer than the width.

2. Center Circle - - 5 yards in radius.

3. Penalty Area - no penalty area.

4. Goal area - A half circle with a radius of 3-5 yards in front of each goal

E. Games

1. Length of Games – Three fifth teen (3x15) minute quarters.

2. Penalties for Fouls

(a) All fouls shall be penalized with indirect free-kicks.

(b) From the point of taking of a free-kick or corner-kick, opponents shall not be any

closer than five (5) yards if playing 4v4.

3. Offside - there is no offside.

4. Throw-ins - If there is an infraction of the FIFA throw-in rules, the player throwing the ball in

shall receive one additional throw-in after a correcting instruction from the referee. If

the player violates the FIFA throw-in rule on his/her second throw-in, the opposing team

shall be awarded the throw-in.

5. No players from either team is allowed to touch the ball while it is in the designated

goal area. If a defensive player touches the ball while it is in the goal area, an indirect

free kick from 5 yards outside of the goal area is awarded to the offensive team. If an

offensive player touches the ball while it is in the goal area, a goal kick is awarded to the

defensive team. If the ball comes to a stop in the goal area, a goal kick is awarded to the

defensive team.

F. Team Size - the maximum number of players per team shall be eight (8).

G. Heading – No heading of the ball will be allowed for U8 players.

                1. Practices – No heading during practice sessions allowed for players U8.

2. Games – When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) 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 point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.

 

ARTICLE VI U5 – U7

GENERAL: FIFA rules shall apply except where such rules conflict with these rules and, in these instances,

these rules shall control.

A. Players

1. Age Divisions

(a) There shall be a U5 – U7 age division in which the number of players on the field will be 4 in accordance with US Youth Soccer Rules.

(b) Players with their parent's and coach's permission may play in a higher or older

division; however,

(c) No player may play in a younger age division with the exception of girls in the U7 division.

2. Size of Teams - The maximum number of players per team is 8.

3. Number of Players - A team during a game can play with no more than three (4) players on  

the field at one time.

4. Forfeits for too few players - Provided that at least three players from each team are

present at game time, there shall be no forfeit. Coaches shall accommodate the

situation to insure all players get as much playing time as possible. If either team has

fewer than three players present, the game shall be abandoned, but no winner shall be

declared nor forfeit awarded.

5. Goalkeeper - There will be no goalkeeper.

6. During regular season play (Fall and Spring) all players shall only play on the team they are

rostered to. The player pass rule does not apply to any team playing TUFC Developmental Soccer Program.

B. Ball - Size #3

C. Goals - 6 feet wide by 4 feet high. Hockey goals or cones spaced 6 feet apart may be used.

D. Field of Play

1. Size - 15 to 20 yards wide by 20 to 30 yards long.

2. Center Circle - 3 yards in radius.

3. Penalty Area - None

4. Goal Area - A half circle with a radius of 3-5 yards in front of each goal

E. Games

1. Length of Games - Four eight (4x8) minute quarters. Two-minute breaks between quarters. Five

minute halftime breaks.

2. Penalties for Fouls

 (a) There will be no penalty shots.

(b) All fouls will be penalized with indirect kicks.

(c) From the point of taking an indirect kick or a corner-kick, opponents may not be any

closer than three (3) yards.

3. Offside - There shall be no offside.

4. Coaches on Field - Coaches may not be on the field of play during conduct of games.

5. Throw-ins - If there is an infraction of the FIFA throw-in rule, the player throwing the ball in

shall receive one additional throw-in after a correcting instruction from the referee. If

the player violates the FIFA throw-in rule on his/her second throw-in, the opposing team

shall be awarded the throw-in.

6. No players from either team is allowed to touch the ball while it is in the designated goal

area. If a defensive player touches the ball while it is in the goal area, an indirect free

kick from 5 yards outside of the goal area is awarded to the offensive team. If an

offensive player touches the ball while it is in the goal area, a goal kick is awarded to the

defensive team. If the ball comes to a stop in the goal area, a goal kick is awarded to the

defensive team.

F. Team Size - the maximum number of players per team shall be six (8).

G. Heading – No heading of the ball will be allowed for U5 through U7 players.

1. Practices – No heading during practice sessions allowed for players U5-U7.

2. Games – When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) 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 point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.

 

               

 

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