Rec Soccer 1st Grade Rules

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I. RULES OF PLAY

A. Number of players: The maximum number of players for one team on the field at any one time is four (4). There will be two game fields. THERE WILL BE NO GOALIES. They play two games of 4V4 simultaneously.

B. Strategy/Development: Games are to be played in a non-competitive low-stress atmosphere. The emphasis should be on having fun playing the game, while learning the basics of soccer. The score shall not be kept for either field.

C. Duration of game: The game will consist of 2 X 15 minute halves. One coach referee should be the timekeeper.

D. Start of game and the 2nd half: The coach/referees will flip a coin for the team captains. The winner selecting the first half direction. The loser will take the opening kick-off.  The field direction will change at half time. All kick-offs will be indirect kicks (goals cannot be scored directly off the kick but must first touch another player of either team). Also, the person taking the kick cannot retouch the ball until another player from either team has touched the ball. Defending players must be at least six yards from the ball on their half of the field at the kick-off.

E. Field size: The field will be rectangular, 90ft X 120ft .

F. Goals: flags will be used.

G. Ball size: The game ball used shall be a No. 3 sized ball.

H. Offsides: There will be no offsides.

I. Throw-ins: Conform to FIFA rule

   
J. Corner kicks: Conform to FIFA rule except that opponents must be six (6) yards off the ball.

K. Goal kicks: Goal kicks will be taken from the 10 yard marker. This will be a designated mark 10 yards out from the goal. Any player from the offensive team can take the kick and the opposing team MUST be behind the mid-field marker on their half of the field until the ball is kicked. The kicking team can kick the ball in any direction on a goal kick.

L. Free kicks: Only indirect free kicks (goals cannot be scored directly off the kick, it must be touched by another player) will be awarded for fouls or rules calling for a free kick. The ball will be placed on the nearest 10-yard marker and the opposing team must be six (6) yards back. Any free kick awarded to the defense behind their own 10-yard marker, will be moved to the 10-yard marker and will be taken in the same manner as a goal kick.

M. Penalty kicks: No penalty kicks will be awarded. Fields are not marked with a penalty box. Any fouls occurring against the defensive team between the goal line and the 10-yard mark will result in a kick taken at the 10-yard mark. Use indirect kick as above.

II. SUBSTITUTION RULES

A. Player substitution: Free substitutions on any dead ball or stoppage of play.

B. Player rotation:  Players should be substituted in a way that allows for at least 50% playing time, with time played in first and second half.

C. Participation is our primary goal. Player participation should be maximized for all players, not just the highly skilled.

III. PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT

A. Footwear: Shall conform to FIFA with the following exceptions: Footwear shall include tennis shoes or soft cleated soccer shoes.

B. Shin Guards: All players shall play with shin-guards and they must be covered by at least one layer of a sock.

C. Jewelry: There shall be NO jewelry worn by any participants. Children should refrain from having their ears pierced during the season.

D. Uniform: All players must wear their official KIDSPORTS team shirt issued for that season.

E. Casts: Casts may be worn if they are safely padded, the player has a licensed physician’s approval to play with a cast, and it’s not dangerous to him/herself or anyone else.



IV. REFEREES

Games will be refereed by coach volunteers. Each team should provide one referee for the games.