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MINI SOCCER RULES

PLAYING AREA

The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line. Maximum pitch size will be 65 x 45 meters

Goal Size
Mini size goals will be used.

Ball Sizes
The ball should be size 4 for U9 and size 4 for U10 and U11.
It should be safe and made of leather or other suitable material.

U9 and 10 will be 7 v7.

U11 will be 9v9.

Squad size is 14 maximum.

Substitutes
Any number of substitutes, without being named, may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. A player who has been replaced may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player.

All team members should receive equal playing time where possible, with a best
practice recommendation of at least 50% per player for each game.

Must Be Worn
Players must wear shin guards and goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing
playing top. Shin guards must be covered entirely by the socks. Players must wear the appropriate clothing dependant on the weather. Correct footwear must be worn for the surface of the pitch e.g. no metal studs on artificial grass pitches.

The Authority of the Referee
Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws for Mini-Soccer in connection with the match to which they have been appointed.

Furthermore, referees should also recognize their role is to facilitate the learning of the players, for example, allow young children to take a second attempt at a throw-in if the first is not within the Laws.

Match Length
Each game will consist of 2 equal halves of 15 minutes each way. In Knock out games 5 penalties will determine the outcome – no extra time to be played..
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Starting / Restarting Games
A kick-off is taken at the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored. Opponents must be five yards away from the ball and in their own half of the field. The ball must be played forward. In Mini-Soccer a goal cannot be scored directly from a start or restart of play. Throw ins are taken as normal in football matches.

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Special Circumstances
A dropped ball to restart the match, after play has been temporarily stopped inside the penalty area, takes place on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when the play stopped. No goal can be scored direct from a dropped ball.

There is no off side.

Normal rules apply, as per Laws of Association Football. However, in Mini Soccer all free kicks are direct. A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the goalkeeper:-

takes more than six seconds to release the ball from his/her hands

touches the ball again with his/her hands after it has been released from his/her
possession and has not touched any other player

touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him/her by a team mate

touches the ball with his/her hands after he/she has received it directly from a
throw in taken by a teammate.

For all these offences, the free kick should be taken from the penalty area line, parallel with the goal line, at the nearest point to the offence.

For all free kicks opponents must be five yards from the ball.

The decision of the referee is final.