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6U Guidelines

6U Guidelines:

The 6U division introduces young players to soccer through short-sided games on small fields with simplified rules. These games ensure fun and maximum learning opportunities without keeping standings or utilizing goalies.


Field: Recommended size is 100 feet x 70 feet.

Maximum four feet high and six feet wide, pop-up goals OR four tall cones, placed six feet apart.

Ball: Size 3 ball used for 6U games.

Coach: Emphasize positive coaching. No sideline yelling. Coaches may be on the field for the first 2 games to manage players but must refrain for the rest of the season. No coaching or refereeing allowed.

Players: Maximum of 6 on roster, with 4 on field; no goalkeepers. Substitutions between quarters, at halftime, and for injuries.

Player Equipment: As part of the registration fee, each player receives a full uniform (jersey, shorts, socks) which your coach will give to you prior to the start of the season. In addition, you will need to supply the following items:
- Shin guards (mandatory for all practices and games)
- Size 3 soccer ball (highly recommended)
- Soccer shoes (These shoes may not have a toe cleat. Tennis shoes are ok.)
- Water bottle (great for those hot August days)

Game Duration: Four 5-minute quarters. Half-time break of 3-5 minutes. Total game time 25-30 minutes.

Start of Play: Kick-off from center to start halves and after each goal. Teams swap sides at halftime. Following a goal, the team scored upon kicks off. Start of play for 2nd and 4th quarter is with the team in possession of the ball at the conclusion of the previous quarter passing in.

Kickoff: Taken from center with each team in their own half. Opponents should be at least 5 yards away but exact distance not insisted upon.

Ball In and Out of Play: Referee determines when ball is out of play, aiming to minimize interruptions. Restart with kick in if ball crosses goal line or touch line. No goals from kick in.

Fouls & Misconduct: Coaches assess direct free kicks for fouls. Opponents must be five yards away from the ball. Hand balls called only if the ball is "picked up" by the player.

Referee: Fully qualified referees not needed for 6U games. Minimal rules applied with flexibility. Let players enjoy playing with minimal interruption.

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