AYSO Area 4U
U-10 Short-side Rules

Soccer, by any measure, is the most popular game in the world. One reason is it's easy to play. It can be played just about anywhere and requires very little equipment - perhaps markers of some sort for the two goals and the four corners of the field, and, of course, a ball.

Soccer is non-stop action, played in two halves with far fewer interruptions than other team sports. For sheer exercise, it is hard to beat. In fact, it pro-vides one of the best cardiovascular workouts in all of sport.

There are normally eleven players on a soccer team. However, smaller teams are used for younger players. The following is the AYSO Under-10 program which includes only those aspects of the game which are age-appropriate.

GAME GUIDELINES FOR U-10

Field

Dimensions: 80 yards long and 40 yards wide maximum

Markings:

Goals:

The Ball:

NUMBER OF PLAYERS:

Player's Equipment:

Referee:

Assistant Referees:

Duration of Game:

The Start of Play:

Ball In and Out of Play:

Scoring Method:

Offside:

Fouls and Misconduct:

Free Kick:

Penalty Kicks:

Throw-In:

Goal Kick:

Corner Kick:


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