U8 (under 8) Special Instructions(these rules are 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.
  • TEAM SIZES:  U8 games are 5V5 (including goal keeper)
  • 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 10 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.  The penalty results in the ball given to the other team.
  • INBOUNDING:  Throw-ins are applicable for U8 and above games as explained in the FIFA Laws of the Game.  AFTER the first game of the season, players have only one chance to execute the throw-in correctly:  two feet down, ball behind head thrown straight over the head.  If a foul is committed, the ball is given to the opposing team for a throw-in.
  • 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. A goal kick may be taken by anyone on the defensive team.  The ball may not be touched again until it crosses over the penalty area line (18 yard line).
  • DISTANCE:  Players should be at least 6 yards from all free kicks.  Defending players stay outside the center circle until ball is kicked on kick-offs.
  • FREE KICKS:  FIFA Laws of the Game are followed.    For safety reasons any penalty inside the penalty area will be moved outside the penalty area.  No penalty kicks.  Goals may be scored from center kick-offs and corner kicks.  Goals may not be scored from throw-ins.
  • SUBSTITUTIONS:  With the referee’s permission, substitutions may be made on your own team’s throw-in, on either team’s goal kick, following a goal by either team, during quarter and half-time breaks.  Players leaving the field do so at the half way line.  Players entering the field do so 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.
  • GSC does not allow club/select players to play in our recreational divisions.

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