Summer Recreation Soccer Rules

 

The Victor Soccer Club Recreation program will follow RDYSL rules for each age group, with the exceptions of those listed below:

Micro Soccer Rules (U5-6)

Ball Size: 3
Practice & Game Length:
4 Skills stations (switch every 5 minutes) - 20-minutes total
Play: 30 minutes (two 12-minute halves or 5 min half-time break)
Coach/Volunteer Referee
No overtime

Number of Players: 4 v 4 (No Goalies) - Minimum number of players is 3.  If low player turn-out due to vacations, etc, then can reduce number of players on the field if agreed to by both head coaches before the game.

Substitutions:
Substitutions may be made by either team at any time

Exceptions:

  • No Heading of the ball for any reason
  • No penalty kicks.  All stoppage of play will be indirect kicks
  • No slide tackles
  • High heat related timeout (can split into 4 quarters)

 

U7-8 Rules

Ball Size: 4
Game Length: 30 Minute Practice Prior to Games.  Two 15-minute halves.  5 minute halftime.  No overtime.
Number of Players: 5 v 5 (4 Field Players & 1 Goalie) - Minimum number of players is 4.  If low player turn-out due to vacations, etc, then can reduce number of players on the field if agreed to by both head coaches and referee before the game.

Substitutions:
Substitutions may be made by either team at any stoppage of play.

Exceptions:

  • A goal kick will require the opponents to retreat to their own half of field until the ball is in play. The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area. The attacking team does not have to wait for the opponent’s defenders to retreat and has the option to restart the game before should they choose to.
  • NEW: No Goalie Punting
  • NEW: No Heading of the Ball for any reason
  • No penalty kicks.  A foul in the goalie box will result in a direct kick from outside the box closest to the spot of the foul
  • No slide tackles
  • High heat related timeout (can split into 4 quarters)

 

U9-10 Rules

Ball Size: 4
Game Length: 10-minute warm-up.  Two 25-minute halves.  5-10 minute halftime.  No overtime.
Number of Players: 7 v 7.  Minimum number of players is 5.  If low player turn-out due to vacations, etc, then can reduce number of players on the field if agreed to by both head coaches and referee before the game.

Substitutions: Substitutions may be made by either team at any stoppage of play.

Exceptions

  • A goal kick will require the opponents to retreat to their own half of field until the ball is in play. The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area. The attacking team does not have to wait for the opponent’s defenders to retreat and has the option to restart the game before should they choose to
  • NEW: No Goalie Punting
  • NEW: No Heading of the ball for any reason
  • No slide tackles

 

U11-12 Rules

Ball Size: 4
Game Length: 10-minute warm-up.  Two 30-minute halves.  5-10 minute halftime.  No overtime.
Number of Players: 8 v 8 - Minimum number of players is 6.  If low player turn-out due to vacations, etc, then can reduce number of players on the field if agreed to by both head coaches and referee before the game.

Substitutions:
Substitutions may be made at the following times for U11-U12 teams:

  • Prior to a throw-in, by the team in possession
  • A goal kick, by either team
  • After a goal, by either team
  • After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops the play
  • At half time
  • High heat related timeout (can split into 4 quarters)

Exceptions:

  • No slide tackles
  • New: No Goalie Punting

 

U13-14 Rules

Ball Size: 5
Game Length: 10-minute warm-up.  Two 35-minute halves.  5-10 minute halftime.  No overtime.
Number of Players: 8 v 8.  Minimum number of players is 6.  If low player turn-out due to vacations, etc, then can reduce number of players on the field if agreed to by both head coaches and referee before the game.

Substitutions:
Substitutions may be made at the following times for U13-16 teams:

  • Prior to a throw-in, by the team in possession
  • A goal kick, by either team
  • After a goal, by either team
  • After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops the play At half time
  • High heat related timeout (can split into 4 quarters)

Exceptions:

  • No slide tackles

HEAT & BAD WEATHER RULES FOR ALL AGE GROUPS

Heat

Coaches and referees are expected to use common sense in the event of high heat and/or humidity. Player safety must be the prime consideration. In the event of high heat (over 90°F) and/or humidity, the referee and coaches should agree on the following:

  • Playing 4 quarters with 2 minute water break between quarters
  • Substitutions allowed at any stoppage of play for both teams
  • The coaches and referee may mutually agree to shorten the halves of the game.
Bad Weather

If you do not receive an email from the Victor Soccer Club announcing field cancelations all team members must show up for games to avoid a forfeit. If you do not report and referee fees are due the Home Team Head Coach is responsible of any and all referee fees due.

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR TEXT OR CALL YOUR COACH OR CLUB DIRECTORS IF IT IS RAINING.

We will either email of all cancelations or please assume all games are being played.

The referee will make any necessary decisions at the field regarding dangerous weather conditions at the time of the game. If thunder and/or lightning are observed, the game will be canceled immediately.  If the game is at or beyond the halfway mark the team leading at the time of stoppage of play will be declared the winner. If the game is tied, it stands.  If a game has not reached the halfway mark, it will be rescheduled and played in its entirety.