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LAWS OF THE GAME

Coventry Soccer Association follows FIFA rules except as amended by CSA or as dictated by SRI.

GAME PARAMETERS

 

Age Division Ball Size Type of Program  Game Length (periods x minutes)  Target Maximum # of Players on the Field  Target Minimum # of Players on the Field  Goalkeepers? Offsides
Under 5 (U5)  3 Instructional/ Non-Result  4 x 8  4 No No
Under 6 (U6)  3 Instructional/ Non-Result  4 x 10  4 No No
Under 8 (U8)  3 Instructional/ Non-Result  2 x 20  6 Yes*** No
Under 10 (U10)  4 Instructional/ Non-Result  2 x 25  7 Yes*** Yes
Under 12 (U12)  4 Developmental/Result Oriented  2 x 30  9 8 Yes*** Yes
Under 14/15 (U14/15)  5 Developmental/ Result Oriented  2 x 35  11  Yes*** Yes
*** Field player numbers include the keeper (For example, if the maximum players is 8, it’s 1 keeper + 7 other players)

 

Additional Noteworthy items from the ByLaws:

  • SUBSTITUTIONS FOR U5, U6, AND U8 DIVISIONS

    • On-the-fly substitutions will be permitted for the U5, U6, and U8 divisions.

  • U5 & U6 COACHES

    • In the U5 & U6 divisions, each team is allowed to have one (1) coach on the field of play during the game for instruction.

  • U5 & U6 PLAYING TIME

    • The players must be played as equal amount of quarters as possible.  All players must play three (3) quarters before one player is allowed to play all four (4) quarters.

  • U5 & U6 SCORING

    • After a goal is scored, the ball is placed on the goal box line of the team that the goal was scored against. The opposing team must wait on their side of the field until the ball is brought past the mid field line before engaging in play.


Go to the FIFA Website to view the updated FIFA Laws of the Game