U9 & U10 (7V7) Learning to Train
Field of Play - the field of play must be rectangular. The recommended field dimensions for U9/U10 are Width (30 to 36m) Length (40 to 55m)
The Goal Area: The goal area must be outlined. The area can be identified with markings and/or cones as follows: 2 feet from each goal post and 6 feet from inside of the goalposts extended and joined by a line parallel to the goal line.
Retreat Line: On all goal kicks and/or keeper possession of the ball with his/her hands, squads are asked to retreat to 1/3 of the field (as indicated by retreat line markers in each attacking end) to allow the squad taking the goal kick to play out of the back. Once the ball is played and has been touched by another player, leaves the field of play, or crosses over the retreat line the opposing squad can advance.
NOTE: If the goalkeeper chooses to play over the retreat line when in possession then the opposing squad can advance.
Match Officials: If the assigned Match Official does not show up, and a qualified Match Official is available, the game shall be played. Conversely, the Team Officials can mutually agree on the Match Official and the game shall be played.
Start of Game by coin toss: At the beginning of the game, choice of halves and the kick-off shall be decided by the toss of a coin. The squad that wins the toss shall decide which goal to attack in the first half. The other squad will take the kick-off. At a kick-off, all players shall be in their own half of the field of play.
Kick Off: is a way of starting or restarting play. It occurs at the start of a match, after a goal has been scored and/or at the start of the second half. A goal MAY be scored directly from a kick-off.
Goals: After a goal has been scored, the game shall be restarted by a kick-off, taken by a player of the squad against which the goal was scored.
Pass In/Dribble in: The ball shall be passed in or dribbled in. There is no Throw ins. On a pass in or dribble in, all opponents must be at least five (5) metres from the ball. A goal may NOT be scored directly from a kick-in or dribble in.
Ejections: Players ejected by the referee may not take any further part in the game and must be replaced by squad mate. (a Red Card does not result in playing short-handed)
Free-Kicks: Indirect kicks are awarded for all acts of handballs, fouls and misconduct. (With the exception of penalty kicks). Opponents must be five (5) meters away from the ball when the indirect free kick is taken.
Penalty Kicks: Penalty kicks will be awarded at this age group as outlined in the ONTARIO SOCCER Small Sided game rules (Law 12).
NO DIRECT KICKS shall be awarded.
(Please see below chart for specific age group information) Description - Under 9 & 10
PLAYING FORMAT: 7v7 (with goalkeeper) Under 9 Festival Format
Game Day Roster: Ideal 9/Maximum 12. Callups- Unlimited. Cannot exceed maximum of 3 underage.
SUBSTITUTIONS: Unlimited (Any stoppage)
GAME DURATION: 2 X 25 minutes
THROW INS NO throw ins; PASS in/Dribble in
OFFSIDE NO OFFSIDE RULE
GAME BALL SIZE 4 or 5 LIGHT