- 30 minutes of practice immediately prior to 30 minute game. Two 10-minute halves with a halftime break of 5-10 minutes.
- Teams switch sides/goals at half-time and the team that didn’t kick off to start the game kicks off the second half.
- After the substitution breaks (which are about midway through each half), the game resumes where it was stopped or left off.
- Size 3 ball – usually provided by the “home” team
- Team uniform – shirt, shorts and socks. Sweatshirts and sweatpants/tights may be worn UNDER the uniform, not over it.
- Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use. Baseball shoes are not acceptable.
- Shinguards covered by socks are mandatory. Shinguards may NOT be worn over socks.
No jewelry may be worn for practices or games (this includes earrings), unless they are required religious or medical items. The official at the game must determine the safety of these items.
There will be three per team on field and no goalkeepers. Substitutions are between periods, at halftime, and for injuries. Boys and girls are placed on separate teams. Only AYSO players are allowed on the field, with the exception of a coach from each team who will manage the game.
The Start of Play:
To start the first and second halves, and following each goal, play is started or restarted with a kick-off in the center of the field. A coin toss is performed before each game. The winner decides which goal to defend, the other team kicks off. Following a goal, the team scored upon kicks off.
The kick-off is taken from the center of the field with each team in their own half and the team not kicking off at least 5 yards from the ball. Do not insist the opponent be a minimum of precisely 5 yards from the ball as this is just a guide to give the kicker room to kick the ball without it immediately hitting an opponent. Remember, let them play and do not interfere for technicalities.
Ball In and Out of Play:
The ball is out of play in all age group games when it completely crosses the touch line (side line) or goal line (end line) either on the ground or in the air. In U6 games, the coaches will determine when the ball is out of play and should guide the restart, interfering as little as possible. It’s the player’s game, let them play and work on technique later.
Fouls and Misconduct:
The coaches will assess direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents 5 yards away from the ball.
Method of Scoring:
A goal is awarded when the ball completely crosses the goal line into the goal. Goals should be enthusiastically celebrated by everyone. Goals are not recorded to determine who wins.
There is no need for fully qualified referees to manage U6 games. One or both (one at a time) of the coaches should “officiate”. The games are intended to be an opportunity for players to experience the fun of playing. The barest of minimum rules are needed and should be applied with a generous amount of flexibility. Let the players have the freedom to play with minimum interruption.