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U5 & U6   First and foremost, the goal for players at this age is to have fun and learn the game of Soccer! ALL Children play at least  HALF of the game.

U5 & U6


I.  BALL SIZE: Three (3) ball



1.   U-5(under five) may roster a maximum of 6 players for a 3v3 game, 

             - no goalkeepers or sweepers.
      U-6 (under six) may roster a maximum of 8 players for a 4v4 game, 

             - no goal keepers or sweepers.

2.    Substitutions of players may only be made at the end of each period.



  1. Four, 6 minute quarters (twenty-four minutes)
  2. The time between each quarter is two minutes and the time between halves is five minutes.


IV. The Field

  1. Flat, grassy field; its length no more than 40 yards nor less than 30 yards and its width not more than 30 yards nor less than 20 yards. A six yard penalty area will be marked off in front of the goal. Players can only enter the box if actively attempting to score a goal or defending the individual who is in possession of the ball. After playing the ball all players must exit the box.



  1.  Officials/Parent Volunteer/ Coach or league designee- Your job is to keep the playing environment FUN, SAFE and focused on the child.
  2.  In addition you need to keep time, enforce the rules, stop and restart the game. When you stop the game because of a foul, ball out of play, goal or another reason, take the time to explain to the players why! This is their first experience with soccer, too, and the BEST time to educate all on the Laws of the Game.
  3. Kickoff- is done at the halfway line and possession should alternate every period.  During play, after a team scores a goal, the opposing team follows with a kickoff.
  4. Throw-Ins:  When the ball goes out of bounds along either sideline, it is returned into play using a throw-in.  If a player on Team A kicks the ball out of bounds, a player on Team B will throw the ball in.  During a throw-in, feet should be behind the line, both hands must be on the ball, and it must be thrown from above and behind the head and onto the playing field.  Feet must remain on the ground during the throw.  *Do not expect perfect throw-ins…at this level, we’re just trying to familiarize the kids with the game.
  5. Goal Kicks:  If the team attempting to score a goal kicks the ball over the goal line outside of the goal posts, the opposing team puts the ball back into play with a goal kick.  The kick should be taken within 2-3 yards of the goal and opposing players should be at least 5 yards away.
  6. Offside - Offside is not used in the U6 games.
  7. Fouls and Misconduct-Fouls can and will occur even at this level. All fouls shall result in an indirect free kick with opponents at least 5 yards away. Soccer is a contact sport and each action is dealt with at the time it occurs. Explain the foul in simple terms, restart and let the game continue.
  8. No defensive player should be positioned inside of the goal area as a permanent position (No Goalie).

U7 and Above



    1. All other  teams from levels U7 thru U18 will play within the Wyoming Valley Youth Soccer Association recreation league and will comply with rules as indicated.        



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