U9 and U10 (3rd and 4th grades)
- Two 25-minute halves with a halftime break.
- 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.
Boys and girls are placed on separate teams. There will be 7 players per team on the field, one of which is a goalkeeper. There will be 10 players maximum on the roster. Substitutions are between periods, at halftime, and for injuries. Only AYSO players are allowed on the field. Each player must play at least 3 quarters before any player can play a full game. Players should rotate positions frequently, including goalkeeper.
- Size 4 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 at both practices and games. 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.
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 decided which goal to defend, the other team kicks off. Following a goal, the team scored upon kicks off.
Opponents must be 8 yards from the center mark while the kick-off is in progress.
Fouls and Misconduct:
Opponents must be 8 yards from the ball on restart kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches to eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs.
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.
AYSO certified Basic (Regional) Referees or higher are required for U10 and older games. The referee should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.
Assistant Referee/Club Linesmen:
If available, qualified Assistant Referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.