U6 – Special Instructions (these rules are in addition to FIFA)

SPECIAL INSTURCTIONS FOR U6 (under 6) GAMES (in addition to FIFA rules)

  • CONCUSSION  information and signature form must be completed and signed before player will be allowed to practice or play in game.
  • Player may not participate in any way when wearing a CAST or HARD SPLINT.  Returning to play must be accompanied by a doctor’s note.
  • SHIN GUARDS MUST BE WORN AT ALL PRACTICES AND GAMES.  Complete uniform must be worn at all games, to include socks, shorts and jerseys.  NO JEWELRY, no exceptions.  NO hard hair accessories.  If warmer clothes are needed they need to be worn under the soccer uniform.
  • TEAM SIZES:  U6 games are 4V4
  • NO GOAL KEEPERS:   U6 will not have a goal keeper.  A player is not allowed to stand inside the goal box and defend their goal.
  • FANS:  All fans will be located across from the players 1 yard from the touch (side) line.  Fans are not allowed behind goals, behind corner flags OR on the team side.  One coach and one assistant coach will be allowed on the team side of the field.
  • QUARTERS:  The game is divided into four equal quarters of 8 minutes each with a break between quarters.  The break after the 1st  and 3rd  quarter is up to two minutes.  The restart on the 2nd and 4th quarter is where the referee ended play from the previous quarter.  The half-time break is up to five minutes.  Beginning of 1st and 3rd quarter is a kick-off from center mark.
  • TWO TOUCH RULE:  At kick-off, as well as all other times when the ball is put in play,   the kicker may only kick the ball once. The ball must touch another player before the initial kicker can kick it again.  Referees are asked to remind the coaches of this rule before the game.  The penalty results in the ball given to the other team.
  • GOAL KICKS:  A goal kick is awarded to the defending team when a ball is kicked over the end line by an offensive player.  The ball is placed on the corner of the goal box.  The defensive team backs up to behind the half-way line until the goal kick is taken.
  • DISTANCE:  Players should be at least 3 yards from all free kicks.  Defending players stay outside the center circle until ball is kicked on kick-offs.
  • FREE KICKS:  ALL U6 free kicks (kicks resulting from penalties) are indirect.  No penalty kicks.
  • SCORING:  Goals may be scored from center kick-offs and corner kicks.  Goals may not be scored from kick-ins from touch (side) line OR free kicks.
  • SUBSTITUTIONS:  Open substitutions.  This means either team my substitute anytime the ball leaves the field of play, WITH THE REFEREES PERMISSION, EXCEPT FOR CORNER KICKS.  Players leaving the field of play must leave at the half-way line and the new player enter at the half-way line in that order.
  • SCORE:  GSC uses a 5-goal-rule.  If a team leads the game by 5 goals, the players that have scored those goals will not be eligible to score another goal until the score does not show a team leading by 5 goals.  If a non-eligible player scores the goal will not count and a goal kick will be the restart.
  • FOOTWEAR:  Tennis shoes are acceptable.  Referee will be checking cleats for safety.  NO METAL CLEATS.

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