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Recreational Rules

Recreational Rules

Kaneland Soccer emphasizes small sided games and smaller fields to support player development. Game play rules have been modified to support this philosophy and keep games safe and fun.

Division U5 & U6

Uniform Home = light jersey, Away = dark jersey
Field 30 yards x 20 yards
Goals Pugs
Ball Size 3
Players 3 v 3; no goalkeepers. Substitutions "on the fly" / when the child tires
Players' Equipment Tennis shoes or rounded soft-cleated soccer shoes. Shinguards – MANDATORY at all practices and games. Shinguards are worn under the socks. No Jewelry
Referee Could be registered youth or adult referee, coach or parent. Referees should emphasize safety, fairness, fun and learning.
Duration of Game 2 15 minute halfs. 5 minute half time,
Start of Play The game should be started by a free kick in the middle of the field. A coin flip will determine which team will kick off. The opposing team will start the second half. Referees will end quarters when the ball goes out of play as close to regulation time as possible. The next quarter will being with the appropriate re-start (throw-in, corner kick, free kick) by the team with possession. The referee will ensure that all opponents are at least 10 feet from the spot of any free kick.
Ball In and Out of Play When the whole ball crosses the touch line either on the ground or in the air, it should be thrown in from where it crossed the line, by a player on the opposing team. When the whole ball crosses the goal line (not into the goal), it should be kicked into play from where it crossed the line by a player on the opposing team.
Method of Scoring A goal is scored when the whole ball completely crosses the goal line between the goal posts and under the crossbar. No score is kept at this level.
Fouls and Misconduct Direct free kick for all fouls, with opponents 10 feet away. Referees should explain ALL infractions.

Soccer Specific Training for the U5-U6 Player

Techniques Dribbling (close & turning) Instep kick (left/right foot) Throw-in
Knowledge Ball in and out of play Handball Don’t kick or trip others
Principles of Play Penetration (directional)

Division U8

Field 40 yards x 20 yards
Uniforms Home = Light Jersey. Away = Dark Jersey
Goals 4.5 tall x 9 feet wide
Ball Size 4
Players 5 v 5 (4 field players, 1 goalie). Substitutions on the fly
Players' Equipment Tennis shoes or rounded soft-cleated soccer shoes. Shinguards are MANDATORY at all practices and games. Shinguards worn under socks. No jewelry.
Referee Registered youth or adult referee. Referees should emphasize safety, fairness, fun and learning.
Duration of Game 2 x 25 minute halfs, 5 minute half time
Start of Play The game should be started by a free kick in the middle of the field. A coin flip will determine which team will kick off. The opposing team will start the second half. The referee will ensure that all opponents are at least 16 feet from the spot of any free kick.
Ball In & Out of Play When the whole ball crosses the touch line either on the ground or in the air, it should be thrown in from where it crossed the line, by a player on the opposing team. When the whole ball crosses the goal line (not into the goal), it should be kicked into play from the goal area line by a player on the opposing team (usually the goalkeeper or a defender).
Free Kicks All free kicks are indirect kicks (the ball must touch a player other than the player who took the kick before going into the goal).
Method of Scoring A goal is scored when the whole ball completely crosses the goal line between the goal posts and under the crossbar. Scores are kept at this level.
Goaltender Scoring Based on the small sided/small field player development philosophy, goaltenders may not score (punts, goal kicks, throws). Where a goaltender is the last player to touch the ball prior to the ball entering the opponent's goal, possession of the ball changes and the ball is returned to play with a goal kick.
Fouls & Misconducts Referees should explain ALL infractions. There are NO penalty kicks at the U8 level.

Division U10

Field 60 yards x 35 yards
Goals 6.5 X 12 feet
Ball Size Size 4
Players 7 v 7 (6 field players + 1 goalie), Substitutions on kicks and throw ins.
Players' Equipment Tennis shoes or rounded soft-cleated soccer shoes. Shinguards – MANDATORY at all practices and games. Shinguards worn under socks. No Jewelry
Referee Registered youth or adult referee. Referees should emphasize safety, fairness, fun and learning.
Duration of Game 2 x 30 minute halfs. 5-7 minute half time
Start of Play The game should be started by a free kick in the middle of the field. A coin flip will determine which team will kick off. The opposing team will start the second half. Referees will end quarters when the ball goes out of play as close to regulation time as possible. The next quarter will being with the appropriate re-start (throw-in, corner kick, free kick) by the team with possession. The referee will ensure that all opponents are at least 18 feet from the spot of the free kick.
Ball In & Out of Play When the whole ball crosses the touch line either on the ground or in the air, it should be thrown in from where it crossed the line by a player on the opposing team. When the whole ball crosses the goal line (not into the goal), it should be kicked into play from the goal area line by a player on the opposing team (usually the goalkeeper or a defender).
Method of Scoring A goal is scored when the whole ball completely crosses the goal line between the goal posts and under the crossbar. Scores are kept at this level.
Fouls & Misconducts All Direct and Indirect Free Kick fouls are enforced (e.g., tripping, handball, offside, etc.), including penaly kicks.

Divison U12

Field 150 X 200 feet; goal area 18 X 54 feet; penalty area 42 X 87 feet; penalty mark 30 ft; penalty arc 24 ft; center circle 18-foot radius.
Goals 6.5 X 18 ft
Ball Size Size 4
Players 7 vs 7 (or 8 vs 8, if both coaches agree) with goalkeepers included. Substitutions on possession. Playing time: 50% minimum, 75% preferred.
Players' Equipment Tennis shoes or rounded soft-cleated soccer shoes. Shinguards – MANDATORY at all practices and games.
Referee Registered youth or adult referee, with 2 Assistant Referees. Referees should emphasize safety, fairness, fun and learning.
Duration of Game 2 30-minute halves; Halftime break 5-7 minutes.
Start of Play The game should be started by a free kick in the middle of the field. A coin flip will determine which team will kick off. The opposing team will start the second half. Referees will end each half when the ball goes out of play as close to regulation time as possible. The referee will ensure that all opponents are at least 18 feet from the spot of any free kick.
Ball In & Out of Play When the whole ball crosses the touch line either on the ground or in the air, it should be thrown in from where it crossed the line by a player on the opposing team. When the whole ball crosses the goal line (not into the goal), it should be kicked into play from the goal area line by a player on the opposing team (usually the goalkeeper or a defender).
Method of Scoring A goal is scored when the whole ball completely crosses the goal line between the goal posts and under the crossbar. Scores are kept at this level.
Fouls & Misconducts All Direct and Indirect Free Kick fouls are enforced (e.g., tripping, handball, offside, etc.), including penaly kicks.

Divison U14

Field TBD
Goals TBD
Ball Size Size 5
Players TBD
Players' Equipment Tennis shoes or rounded soft-cleated soccer shoes. Shinguards – MANDATORY at all practices and games.
Referee Registered youth or adult referee, with 2 Assistant Referees. Referees should emphasize safety, fairness, fun and learning.
Duration of Game TBD
Start of Play The game should be started by a free kick in the middle of the field. A coin flip will determine which team will kick off. The opposing team will start the second half. Referees will end each half when the ball goes out of play as close to regulation time as possible. The referee will ensure that all opponents are at least 18 feet from the spot of any free kick.
Ball In & Out of Play When the whole ball crosses the touch line either on the ground or in the air, it should be thrown in from where it crossed the line by a player on the opposing team. When the whole ball crosses the goal line (not into the goal), it should be kicked into play from the goal area line by a player on the opposing team (usually the goalkeeper or a defender).
Method of Scoring A goal is scored when the whole ball completely crosses the goal line between the goal posts and under the crossbar. Scores are kept at this level.
Fouls & Misconducts All Direct and Indirect Free Kick fouls are enforced (e.g., tripping, handball, offside, etc.), including penaly kicks.