Soccer Rules

Micro Soccer Rules (U4 3& 4 years)

  1. The emphasis should be on fun and skill development.
  2. The maximum number of players on the field is 4 on 4 (no goalkeepers).  Teams will have 8 to 10 players.
  3. Coaches should change lines every 2 ½ minutes.   Both teams should work together to change lines at the same time.
  4. All players on a team should participate for an equal amount of playing time.
  5. One coach from each team should be on the field to follow the play and help the players with rules.  A co-coach, team manager or parent can manage the players off the field waiting for their shift.  Players waiting for their shift should be sitting down together as a team.
  6. Sessions should include 15 minutes of practice drills/skill development, and 15 minutes of game play.
  7. The game starts with a kick off.
  8. When the ball goes out of play, either on the side line or the end line, whistle or signal to stop the play.  To resume play, coaches can roll the ball back into play to keep the game moving.
  9. We will not be using goalies.  Players are not allowed in the crease.
  10. For safety, all players must wear soccer shin pads and be covered by soccer socks.  No caps or hats are to be worn by players.  Soccer cleats or runners must be worn (baseball cleats and metal cleats cannot be worn).

Mini Soccer Rules U6 (5 & 6 years)

  1. The St. Andrews u6 program supports the Canadian Soccer Association’s Long Term Player Development Program (http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-pathway-p156416)
  2. Teams will be made up of approximately 8-10 players.  Teams could and should combine for the practice portion to gain experience from other players and coaches.
  3. Practices should follow guidelines set out in the CSA’s active start module(http://www.canadasoccer.com/files/CanadaSoccerPathway_CoachsToolKit_ActiveStart_20141006.pdf)
  4. During game play, the maximum number of players on the field is 4 on 4 with no goal keepers.
  5. All players on a team should participate for an equal amount of playing time.
  6. One coach from each team should be on the field to follow the play and help the players with the rules.  A co-coach, team manager or parent can manage the players off the field waiting for their shift.  Players waiting for their shift should be sitting down together as a team.
  7. The game starts with a kick off.
  8. When the ball has crossed the side line on the ground or in the air, the ball should be thrown in.  Please take the time to teach proper throw in procedures (ie..both feet on the ground, ball fully behind the player’s head).
  9. When the ball goes out of play over the end line, coaches should roll the ball back into play.
  10. No offside rule to apply
  11. The emphasis should be on fun and skill development.
  12. Sessions consist of 30 minutes of drills & practice time, followed by 30 minutes of game play.

8U Soccer Rules

2018 TriS House League Soccer Rules

  1. The emphasis should be on fun and skill development.
  2. All soccer players must be members in good standing with their home soccer association and the RRRSA. Players must be registered to an organization and a team and the Tri S House Soccer league.
  3. The maximum number of players on the field at any one time (including the goalie) is six.  If one team is short, the other team will play an equal number of players; 5 on 5 etc. Play is on a ½ Field
  4. Duration of the game will be two – 25 minutes halves with a five minute break between halves.  The restart of play in the second half is to be taken by the other team.  All games scheduled with a 6:30 pm start time are to be completed by 7:25pm (regardless of their start time) if there is a game scheduled to start at 7:30pm. If possible the 2 halves will be of equal length unless time does not permit.
  5. All players on a team must participate for an equal amount of total playing time except if gender specific rules apply.
    1. A) Substitutions are to be initiated by the team with ball possession at the time of stoppage in play or by any team during an extended stoppage. ie Ball in parking lot, a goal is scored, or injury. Once initiated any team may then ask for substitution. Substitutions are only allowed after the referee allows it.
    2. B) there shall be no limit to the number of players substituted at any one time. Coaches are responsible for ensuring the proper number of players on the field of play.
    3. C) if a referee becomes aware of extra players on the field, play will be halted without loss of advantage to the non-offending team. A yellow card will be issued to the coach in cases of repeated offence.
    4. D) if a goal is scored by a team having too many players on the field of play, the goal shall be disallowed and a yellow card shall be issued to the offending coach.
    5. E) no substitutions shall be allowed within the last two (2) minutes of a half. Substitution shall be permitted during the last two minutes if there is an injury to one of the players on the field.
  6. No offside rule to apply.
  7. No penalty shots to be taken.  Infractions within the crease area against the defensive team would result in an indirect kick from the 12 yard spot. Indirect kick– ball must be passed before a goal is scored.
  8. When the goalkeeper has possession of the ball in the crease, all opponents move back 10 yards.  The goalkeeper may restart play by placing the ball on the ground and kicking it (place kick), kick it from their hands (punting) or throw the ball from anywhere within the crease.
    The goalkeeper cannot handle the ball outside the goal crease.  This infraction results in an indirect kick from the 12 yard spot directly in front of the midpoint of the goal. 
  9. No player can play the ball or enter the opponent’s goal crease.  An opponent cannot score from a kick taken within the goal area.  An infraction to this rule results in a stoppage in play and play restarts with a goal kick. 
  10. Should a defending player kick the ball out of the end zone, a corner kick is taken.    Should an attacking forward kick the ball out of the end zone, a goal kick is taken.
  11. The normal throw-in rules apply with the ball goes out of bounds on the sidelines either on the ground or through the air. Referees may instruct in first half and give a rethrow.
  12. Any infraction, including handball, should result in an opponent getting anindirect kick from the point of the infraction.  Handball should only be whistled on a deliberate attempt to hand the ball.
  13. The referee will explain infractions to the offending players.  Coaches, managers, team officials and parents will not criticize game officials at any time and will encourage the same attitude amongst all players and supporters.
  14. One coach or team official may be on the field of play.  Coaches or team officials may not stand or be within the goal area during the course of play or be behind the goal line.
  15. All players must wear soccer shin pads and they must be covered by soccer socks.  For safety reasons, caps or hats are not allowed to be worn by players during play. All jewelry is to be removed. This includes new piecing. Taping of soft (string) friendship bracelets that would have to be cut off is okay.
     – The goal tender must wear a colour that distinguishes them from the rest of the players and the referee. Goalies may wear sweat pants
  16. Both team benches are to be situated on the same side of the playing field. Coaches are confined to the area of the player bench and are not allowed across center during the game, unless they are assisting an injured player. All spectators are to be situated on the opposite side of the field from player benches.  Referees will delay the start of the match for compliance.  Coaches are responsible for this rule to be enforced.
  17. All complaints about refs, coaches, players etc are to be directed to local area reps that then may bring it to the Tri S House Soccer league for discussions and ruling if necessary.Coaches are not to approach a referee– In the case of a ref not showing up it is up to the coaches to agree on a parent/spectator to be the ref for that match. If nobody can be found each coach is to ref 1⁄2 the game unless it is agreed that one refs the whole game.  

Please remember to email your results to selkirksoccer@outlook.com by June 11th.  These stats are used to determine pooling for the year-end tournament

10U Soccer Rules

2018 TriS House League Soccer Rules

  1. The emphasis should be onfun and skill development.
  2. All soccer players must be members in good standing with their home soccer association and the Tri S House Soccer League. Playersmust be registered to an organization and a team.
  3. The maximum number of players on the field (1/2) at any one time (including the goalie) is 6.  You will need 5 players to play the game. The opposing team will be allowed to play 1 player more than the team with fewer players. It is however recommended that they play even if possible.
  4. Duration of the game will be two – 25 minutes halves with a five minute break between halves.  The restart of play in the second half is to be taken by the other team.  All games scheduled with a 6:30 pm start time are to be completed by 7:25pm (regardless of their start time) if there is a game scheduled to start at 7:30pm. If possible the 2 halves will be of equal length unless time does not permit.
  5. All players on a team much participate for an equal amount of total playing time.
  6. Unlimited substitution, but only during a stoppage in play and on the signal of the referee.
    All players have equal playing time except in coed if gender specific rules apply

    1. A) Substitutions are to be initiated by the team with ball possession at the time of stoppage in play or by any team during an extended stoppage. Ie Ball in parking lot, a goal is scored, or injury. Once initiated any team may then ask for substitution. Substitutions are only allowed after the referee allows it.
    2. B) there shall be no limit to the number of players substituted at any one time. Coaches are responsible for ensuring the proper number of players on the field of play.
    3. C) if a referee becomes aware of extra players on the field, play will be halted without loss of advantage to the non-offending team. A yellow card will be issued to the coach in cases of repeated offence.
    4. D) if a goal is scored by a team having too many players on the field of play, the goal shall be disallowed and a yellow card shall be issued to the offending coach.
    5. E) no substitutions shall be allowed within the last two (2) minutes of a half. Substitution shall be permitted during the last two minutes if there is an injury to one of the players on the field.
  7. NO Offside  to apply.
  8. Delay of Game Teams using obvious delay tactics to gain an advantage, i.e. excessive distance out of bounds, shall be penalized by issuing a red card to the offending player.
  9. All games shall be played in any weather conditions.
    1. all teams shall show up at their scheduled fields ready to play.
    2. only if lightning, high winds, or hail occur should a game be suspended.
    3. if weather conditions suspend play, the home team shall reschedule the game at both teams earliest convenience.
    4. it is up to the coaches to determine if a game should be called off, not the referee.
      (Rule of thumb-count seconds between lightning flash and thunderclap-5 second per mile away)
  10. All players must wearsoccer shin pads and socks must cover them completely. Only soccer shoes or running shoes are to be worn as approved footwear, no baseball shoes or metal cleats.
  11. A player must not use equipment or wear anything which is dangerous to themselves or another player.(ie no shorts with buttons, zippers, or loose strings)
    -All players must wear soccer shin pads and they must be covered by soccer socks.  For safety reasons, caps or hats are not allowed to be worn by players during play. All jewelry is to be removed. This includes new piecing. Taping of soft (string) friendship bracelets that would have to be cut off is okay
    – Goaltenders shall wear colors that distinguish them from the other players and the referee. Goaltenders may wear sweat pants
  12. Teams shall keep theirownwin/loss/draw records as well as goals for and against.
  13. Home associations will supply the referees. Referees shall not be criticized, abused or defamed by any participants.
    1. all referee decisions are final.
    2. the referee is the official keeper of time and determines the end of the game.
    3. any disputes should be directed to the home association official.
    4. All complaints about refs, coaches, players etc are to be directed to local area reps who then may bring it to the RRRSA for discussions and ruling if necessary. Coaches are not to approach a referee
      – In the case of a ref not showing up it is up to the coaches to agree on a parent/spectator to be the ref for that match. If nobody can be found each coach is to ref 1⁄2 the game unless it is agreed that one refs the whole game.
  14. The home team shall appoint both linesman whose duty it is to indicate when the whole ball has passed out of the area of play, and assist in determining possession of the restart.The game is not to start until the linesman are determined.
  15. Both team benches are to be situated on the same side of the playing field. Coaches are confined to the area of the player bench and are not allowed across center during the game, unless they are assisting an injured player.All spectators are to be situated on the opposite side of the field from player benches.  Referees will delay the start of the match for compliance.  Coaches are responsible for this rule to be enforced.
  16. The referee will explain infractions to the offending players.  Coaches, managers, team officials and parents will not criticize game officials at any time and will encourage the same attitude amongst all players and supporters. Failure to do so may result in a card to coaches and players. The ref  also has the right to have the coach ask for a spectator to leave. If the spectator refuses the game will not continue.

Please remember to email your results to selkirksoccer@outlook.com by June 11th.  These stats are used to determine seating for the year-end tournament

12U Soccer Rules

-all regular FIFA/CSA/MSA Soccer rules apply unless otherwise stated

– Offside are to be called

  1. Membership
    All soccer players must be members in good standing with their home soccer associations and Tri S House Soccer league. Players must be registered to an organization and team.
  2. Number and Gender of Players, Field Size, Ball Size
    – Teams play 8 vs 8 (this includes the goalie),Teams require 6 players minimum to qualify for a league match. Opposing teams shall be allowed to play one extra player more than the team that is short of players.
    – Play will be on a  ¾ Field with a size 4 ball
    – Teams with 6 players or less will forfeit the game. However please try to play a fun game by loaning players to the other team if you have more.
  3. Duration of the game .
    Duration of the game will be two – 25 minutes halves with a five minute break between halves.  The restart of play in the second half is to be taken by the other team.  All games scheduled with a 6:30 pm start time are to be completed by 7:25pm (regardless of their start time) if there is a game scheduled to start at 7:30pm. If possible the 2 halves will be of equal length unless time does not permit.
    Delay of Game Teams using obvious delay tactics to gain an advantage, i.e. excessive distance out of bounds, shall be penalized by issuing a red card to the offending player.
    – The referee is the official keeper of time and determines the end of the game.
  4. Fair Play and Substitutions
    All players have equal playing time except in coed if gender specific rules apply.

    1. A) Substitutions are to be initiated by the team with ball possession at the time of stoppage in play or by any team during an extended stoppage. Ie Ball in parking lot, a goal is scored, or injury. Once initiated any team may then ask for substitution. Substitutions are only allowed after the referee allows it.
    2. B) there shall be no limit to the number of players substituted at any one time. Coaches are responsible for ensuring the proper number of players on the field of play.
    3. C) if a referee becomes aware of extra players on the field, play will be halted without loss of advantage to the non-offending team. A yellow card will be issued to the coach in cases of repeated offence.
    4. D) if a goal is scored by a team having too many players on the field of play, the goal shall be disallowed and a yellow card shall be issued to the offending coach.
    5. E) no substitutions shall be allowed within the last two (2) minutes of a half. Substitution shall be permitted during the last two minutes if there is an injury to one of the players on the field.
  5. Game Cancellation
    All games shall be played in any weather conditions.
    -all teams shall show up at their scheduled fields ready to play.
    -only if lightning, high winds, or hail occur should a game be suspended.
    (Rule of thumb-count seconds between lightning flash and thunderclap – 5 second per mile away ) -if weather conditions suspend play, the home team shall reschedule the game at both teams earliest convenience.
    -it is up to the coaches with input from the referee to determine if a game should be called off, however the coaches have the final say.
  6. Equipment
    All players must wear soccer shin pads and they must be covered by soccer socks.  For safety reasons, caps or hats are not allowed to be worn by players during play. All jewelry is to be removed. This includes new piecing. Taping of soft (string) friendship bracelets that would have to be cut off is okay
    – A player must not use equipment or wear anything which is dangerous to themselves or another  (ie shorts with buttons, zippers or long strings). NO PIERCINGS ARE ALLOWED AND MUST BE REMOVED
    – Goaltenders shall wear colors that distinguish them from the other players and the referee.
  7. Others
    – No Swearing, this is a yellow card offense
    – Both team benches are to be situated on the same side of the playing field.
    – Coaches are confined to the area of the player bench and are not allowed across center during the game, unless they are assisting an injured player. All spectators are to be situated on the opposite side of the field from player benches.
    – The home team shall appoint both assistant  referees whose duty it is to indicate when the whole ball has passed out of the area of play, and assist in determining possession of the restart.
    All complaints about refs, coaches, players etc are to be directed to local area reps who then may bring it to the Tri S House Soccer League for discussions and ruling if necessary. Coaches are not to approach a referee
    – In the case of a ref not showing up it is up to the coaches to agree on a parent/spectator to be the ref for that match. If nobody can be found each coach is to ref 1⁄2 the game unless it is agreed that one refs the whole game. 

Please remember to email your results to selkirksoccer@outlook.com by June 11th.  These stats are used to determine seating for the year-end tournament

15U and up

-all regular FIFA/CSA/MSA Soccer rules apply unless otherwise stated

  1. Membership
    All soccer players must be members in good standing with their home soccer associations and Tri S House Soccer league. Players must be registered to an organization and team.
  2. Number and Gender of Players 15U and 18U AGE GROUPS
    – U15 Girls will play 9 vs 9 (this includes the goalie on a full field)
    – U15 Boys will play 9 vs 9 (this includes the goalie on a full field)
    – 18U only is coed, Teams are to try to use fair play as much as possible. Each team needs a minimum of 3 girls on the field at all times. If not enough girls the position is left vacant.  Remember we are here to have fun and allow people to play.
    – U18 Teams play 11vs11 (this includes the goalie on a full field ), Teams require 9 players minimum to qualify for a league match. Opposing teams shall be allowed to play one extra player more than the team that is short of players however it is recommended that they play with the same amount if possible.
    – Teams with 8 players or less will forfeit the game. However please try to play a fun game by loaning players to the other team if you have more.
  3. Duration of the game.
    Duration of the game will be two – 25 minutes halves with a five minute break between halves.  The restart of play in the second half is to be taken by the other team.  All games scheduled with a 6:30 pm start time are to be completed by 7:25pm (regardless of their start time) if there is a game scheduled to start at 7:30pm. If possible the 2 halves will be of equal length unless time does not permit.
    – Delay of Game Teams using obvious delay tactics to gain an advantage, i.e. excessive distance out of bounds, shall be penalized by issuing a red card to the offending player.
    – The referee is the official keeper of time and determines the end of the game.
  4. Fair Play and Substitutions
    All players have equal playing time except in coed if gender specific rules apply.

    1. A) Substitutions are to be initiated by the team with ball possession at the time of stoppage in play or by any team during an extended stoppage. Ie Ball in parking lot, a goal is scored, or injury. Once initiated any team may then ask for substitution. Substitutions are only allowed after the referee allows it.
    2. B) there shall be no limit to the number of players substituted at any one time. Coaches are responsible for ensuring the proper number of players on the field of play.
    3. C) if a referee becomes aware of extra players on the field, play will be halted without loss of advantage to the non-offending team. A yellow card will be issued to the coach in cases of repeated offence.
    4. D) if a goal is scored by a team having too many players on the field of play, the goal shall be disallowed and a yellow card shall be issued to the offending coach.
    5. E) no substitutions shall be allowed within the last two (2) minutes of a half. Substitution shall be permitted during the last two minutes if there is an injury to one of the players on the field.
  5. Game Cancellation
    All games shall be played in any weather conditions.
    -all teams shall show up at their scheduled fields ready to play.
    -only if lightning, high winds, or hail occur should a game be suspended.
    (Rule of thumb-count seconds between lightning flash and thunderclap – 5 second per mile away ) -if weather conditions suspend play, the home team shall reschedule the game at both teams earliest convenience.
    -it is up to the coaches with input from the referee to determine if a game should be called off, however the coaches have the final say.
  6. Equipment
    – All players must wear soccer shin pads and they must be covered by soccer socks.  For safety reasons, caps or hats are not allowed to be worn by players during play. All jewelry is to be removed. This includes new piercing. Taping of soft (string) friendship bracelets that would have to be cut off is okay
    – Goaltenders shall wear colors that distinguish them from the other players and the referee. Goaltenders may wear sweat pants to protect themselves.
    – 15U, and 18U use size 5 Ball
  7. Others
    – No Swearing, this is a yellow card offense
    – Both team benches are to be situated on the same side of the playing field. Coaches are confined to the area of the player bench and are not allowed across center during the game, unless they are assisting an injured player. All spectators are to be situated on the opposite side of the field from player benches.
    – The home team shall appoint both assistant referees whose duty it is to indicate when the whole ball has passed out of the area of play, and assist in determining possession of the restart.
    – All complaints about refs, coaches, players etc are to be directed to local area reps who then may bring it to the Tri S House Soccer League for discussions and ruling if necessary. Coaches are not to approach a referee at any time except to shake hands at end of game.
    – In the case of a ref not showing up it is up to the coaches to agree on a parent/spectator to be the ref for that match. If nobody can be found each coach is to ref 1⁄2 the game unless it is agreed that one refs the whole game. 

Please remember to email your results to selkirksoccer@outlook.com by June 11rd.  These stats are used to determine seating for the year-end tournament