League Rules

U-8


YCL League Document

1.Field of Play

Halfway Line

The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line. This is also used as the retreat line when restarting play with a goal kick.

Goal Size

The distance between the posts is 2m and the distance between the lower edge of the cross bar and the ground is 1.5m.

2. Ball

The ball should be size 4.

3. Number of Players

The above table indicates the maximum number of players per team at that age group. If the competition would like to have smaller numbers, e.g. 4v4, this is allowed within this framework.

A match may not START/ CONTINUE if either team consists of fewer than 4 players. The minimum number of players in a team required for a match to START/ CONTINUE is also 4. Matches can begin with 5v4 but the importance and ethos should be upheld wherever possible and the development of the children should come before the score line.

Any number of substitutes may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. A player who has been replaced may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player.

All team members should receive equal playing time where possible, with a best practice recommendation of at least 50% per player for each game.

4. Players Equipment

Players must wear shin guards and goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing playing strip/ bib. Shin guards must be covered entirely by the socks. Players must wear the team kit.

Correct footwear must be worn for the surface of the pitch e.g. no metal studs on artificial grass pitches.

5. Referee

The Authority of the Referee

Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Rules in connection with the match to which they have been appointed.

Referees should also recognise their role is to facilitate learning of the players, for example, allow young children to take a second attempt at a throw-in if the first is not within the rules.

6. Other Match Officials

Assistant referees are not required.

7. Duration of the Match

The maximum duration will be two halves of 20 minutes. It is permitted that the periods of play can be split into equal quarters. The half time interval must not exceed 5 minutes.

8. Start and Restart of Play

Procedure

A kick-off is taken at the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored. Opponents must be 5 yards away from the ball and in their own half of the field. A goal cannot be scored directly from a start or restart of play.

Special Circumstances

A dropped ball to restart the match, after play has been temporarily stopped inside the penalty area, takes place on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when the play stopped. No goal can be scored direct from a dropped ball.

9. Ball In & Out of Play

Normal rules apply.

10. Method of Scoring

Normal rules apply.

11. Offside

There is no off side.

12. Fouls & Misconduct

Normal rules apply.

13. Free Kicks

All free kicks are direct.
For all free kicks opponents must be 5 yards from the ball.

14. Penalty Kicks

Normal rules apply.

Position of the Ball and the Players

All players except the defending goalkeeper and kicker must be outside the penalty area and at least 5 yards from the penalty mark.

15. Throw-in

Normal rules apply.

The role of the referee is to also allow young players to learn the game.
This may involve letting players take throw-ins again, if incorrect technique is used. The referee should ensure the same player attempts a second time, with guidance and help from the match official.

16. Goal Kick

Procedure

A player of the defending team kicks the ball from any point within the penalty area.
Opponents must retreat to their own half until the ball is in play. The defending team does not have to wait for the opposition to retreat and has the option to restart the game before should they choose to.
The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area . Back pass to goal keeper is not allowed.

17. Corner Kick

The opposing players must remain at least 5 yards from the ball until it is in play. The kicker may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. If he/she does, a free kick is awarded against them.
The ball is in play immediately when it enters the field of play.

18. Scoring / Points system

Teams are awarded 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.
If a team fails to report for their match at the prescribed time, the match will be considered to have been forfeited and the opposing team will be awarded the match with a scoreline of 3-0.
If both teams fails to report for their match at the prescribed time, the match will be considered to have been forfeited and both teams will be penalised with a match scoreline of 0-3.
Points table will be updated and published after every game weekend.
At the end of the league, if 2 teams have same number of points, positions will be decided based on GOAL DIFFERENCE. If goal difference is also tied then head to head scores will be considered. If everything remains same after this then positions will be decided by a penalty shootout.

U-10


YCL League Document

1.Field of Play

Halfway Line

The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line. This is also used as the retreat line when restarting play with a goal kick.

Goal Size

The distance between the posts is 3m and the distance between the lower edge of the cross bar and the ground is 2m.

2. Ball

The ball should be size 4.

3. Number of Players

The above table indicates the maximum number of players per team at that age group. If the competition would like to have smaller numbers, e.g. 5v5, this is allowed within this framework.

A match may not START/ CONTINUE if either team consists of fewer than 5 players. The minimum number of players in a team required for a match to START/ CONTINUE is also 5. Matches can begin with 7v6 but the importance and ethos should be upheld wherever possible and the development of the children should come before the score line.

Any number of substitutes may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. A player who has been replaced may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player.

All team members should receive equal playing time where possible, with a best practice recommendation of at least 50% per player for each game.

4. Players Equipment

Players must wear shin guards and goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing playing strip/ bib. Shin guards must be covered entirely by the socks. Players must wear the team kit.

Correct footwear must be worn for the surface of the pitch e.g. no metal studs on artificial grass pitches.

5. Referee

The Authority of the Referee

Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Rules in connection with the match to which they have been appointed.

Referees should also recognise their role is to facilitate learning of the players, for example, allow young children to take a second attempt at a throw-in if the first is not within the rules.

6. Other Match Officials

Assistant referees are not required.

7. Duration of the Match

The maximum duration will be two halves of 25 minutes.
It is permitted that the periods of play can be split into equal quarters.
The half time interval must not exceed 5 minutes.

8. Start and Restart of Play

Procedure

A kick-o is taken at the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored. Opponents must be 5 yards away from the ball and in their own half of the field. A goal cannot be scored directly from a start or restart of play.

Special Circumstances

A dropped ball to restart the match, after play has been temporarily stopped inside the penalty area, takes place on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when the play stopped. No goal can be scored direct from a dropped ball.

9. Ball In & Out of Play

Normal rules apply.

10. Method of Scoring

Normal rules apply.

11. Offside

There is no off side.

12. Fouls & Misconduct

Normal rules apply.

13. Free Kicks

All free kicks are direct.
For all free kicks opponents must be 5 yards from the ball.

14. Penalty Kicks

Normal rules apply.

Position of the Ball and the Players

All players except the defending goalkeeper and kicker must be outside the penalty area and at least 5 yards from the penalty mark.

15. Throw-in

Normal rules apply.

The role of the referee is to also allow young players to learn the game.
This may involve letting players take throw-ins again, if incorrect technique is used. The referee should ensure the same player attempts a second time, with guidance and help from the match official.

16. Goal Kick

Procedure

A player of the defending team kicks the ball from any point within the penalty area.
Opponents must retreat to their own half until the ball is in play. The defending team does not have to wait for the opposition to retreat and has the option to restart the game before should they choose to.
The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area . Back pass to goal keeper is not allowed.

17. Corner Kick

The opposing players must remain at least 5 yards from the ball until it is in play. The kicker may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. If he/she does, a free kick is awarded against them.
The ball is in play immediately when it enters the field of play.

18. Scoring / Points system

Teams are awarded 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.
If a team fails to report for their match at the prescribed time, the match will be considered to have been forfeited and the opposing team will be awarded the match with a scoreline of 3-0.
If both teams fails to report for their match at the prescribed time, the match will be considered to have been forfeited and both teams will be penalised with a match scoreline of 0-3.
Points table will be updated and published after every game weekend.
At the end of the league, if 2 teams have same number of points, positions will be decided based on GOAL DIFFERENCE. If goal difference is also tied then head to head scores will be considered. If everything remains same after this then positions will be decided by a penalty shootout.

U-12


YCL League Document

1.Field of Play

Halfway Line

The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line. This is also used as the retreat line when restarting play with a goal kick.

Goal Size

The distance between the posts is 5m and the distance between the lower edge of the cross bar and the ground is 2m.

2. Ball

The ball should be size 5.

3. Number of Players

The above table indicates the maximum number of players per team at that age group. If the competition would like to have smaller numbers, e.g. 6v6, this is allowed within this framework.

A match may not START/ CONTINUE if either team consists of fewer than 6 players. The minimum number of players in a team required for a match toSTART/ CONTINUE is also 6. Matches can begin with 9v8 but the importance and ethos should be upheld wherever possible and the development of the children should come before the score line.

Any number of substitutes may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. A player who has been replaced may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player.

All team members should receive equal playing time where possible, with a best practice recommendation of at least 50% per player for each game.

4. Players Equipment

Players must wear shin guards and goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing playing strip/ bib. Shin guards must be covered entirely by the socks. Players must wear the team kit.

Correct footwear must be worn for the surface of the pitch e.g. no metal studs on artificial grass pitches.

5. Referee

The Authority of the Referee

Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Rules in connection with the match to which they have been appointed.

Referees should also recognise their role is to facilitate learning of the players, for example, allow young children to take a second attempt at a throw-in if the first is not within the rules.

6. Other Match Officials

Two assistant referees may be appointed whose duties, subject to the decision of the referee, are to indicate:

  • When the whole of the ball leaves the field of play
  • Which team is entitled to a corner kick, goal kick or throw-in
  • When a player may be penalised for being in an off side position
  • When a substitution is requested
  • When misconduct or any other incident occurs out of the view of the referee
  • When offences have been committed whenever the assistant referees have a better view than the referee (this includes, in certain circumstances, offences committed in the penalty area)
  • Whether, at penalty kicks, the goalkeeper moves off the goal line before the ball is kicked and if the ball crosses the line.

7. Duration of the Match

The maximum duration will be two halves of 30 minutes.
It is permitted that the periods of play can be split into equal quarters.
The half time interval must not exceed 15 minutes.

8. Start and Restart of Play

Procedure

A kick-off is taken at the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored. Opponents must be 5 yards away from the ball and in their own half of the field. A goal cannot be scored directly from a start or restart of play.

Special Circumstances

A dropped ball to restart the match, after play has been temporarily stopped inside the penalty area, takes place on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when the play stopped. No goal can be scored direct from a dropped ball.

9. Ball In & Out of Play

Normal rules apply.

10. Method of Scoring

Normal rules apply.

11. Offside

There is no off side.

12. Fouls & Misconduct

Normal rules apply.

13. Free Kicks

All free kicks are direct.
For all free kicks opponents must be 10 yards from the ball.

14. Penalty Kicks

Normal rules apply.

Position of the Ball and the Players

All players except the defending goalkeeper and kicker must be outside the penalty area and at least 7 yards from the penalty mark.

15. Throw-in

Normal rules apply.

16. Goal Kick

Normal rules apply.

17. Corner Kick

Normal rules apply.

18. Scoring / Points system

Teams are awarded 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.
If a team fails to report for their match at the prescribed time. the match will be considered to have been forfeited and the opposing team will be awarded the match with a scoreline of 3–0.
If both teams fails to report for their match at the prescribed time, the match will be considered to have been forfeited and both teams will be penalised with a match scoreline of 0–3.
Points table will be updated and published after every game weekend.
At the end of the league, if 2 teams have same number of points, positions will be decided based on GOAL DIFFERENCE. If goal difference is also tied then head to head scores will be considered. If everything remains same after this then positions will be decided by a penalty shootout.