Peterborough Youth Soccer Club Rules

Mini Soccer Rules

In the age divisions who play mini soccer a special rule concerning goal kicks and goalkeeper possession is in effect.

On goal kicks the opposing team will retreat over the halfway line and be unable to challenge for the ball until it crosses the halfway line. (There is no restriction on the team taking the goal kick from going into the oppositions half).

This will have a double effect of allowing the goalkeeper to take a kick without pressure and to allow a sequence of passes to occur. On goalie possession, (I.E. when she or he has made a save and has the ball in their hands), the other team again must retreat over the halfway line allowing the goalkeeper to throw or drop kick the ball into play, starting a sequence of passes before the ball crosses the halfway line.

In order to keep the game going, as long as the players are headed in the general direction of the line and are not going to interfere with the play, the referee can tell the goalkeeper to start play before all players are over the halfway line. This will be at her/his discretion.

Coaches are being asked to cooperate in this matter.
THERE IS NO OFFSIDE RULE IN MINI SOCCER.

Simplified Playing Rules

Unlimited Substitutions: Injury, half time, goal scored, goal kick, and own throw in, ask the referee’s permission.

Goal Scored: Ball must completely cross the line between the goal posts.

Goal Kick: Ball crosses the goal line, and not between the goal posts, and is touched last by an attacking player.

Corner Kick: Ball crosses the goal line, and not between the goal posts, and is touched last by a defending player.

Throw In: Ball crosses the touchline. The team that did NOT touch the ball last gets the throw in.

Free Kicks. Indirect Free Kicks: Player is off side, obstructed opponent, or has feet to high. Opposing team is awarded an indirect free kick, (ball must be touched by two players).

Direct Free Kick: Player Trips, pushes, kicks opponent, deliberately handles ball. Opposing team is awarded a direct free kick, (ball can be directly kicked at goal without a second player having touched it).

Penalty Kick: Player trips, pushes or kicks opponent, deliberately handles ball inside penalty area. Opponent is awarded penalty kick.

Kick Off: Ball must be kicked ahead and touched by second player before first player can touch the ball again. Opposing players must be in own half and outside the centre circle.

Drop Ball: If an injury occurs while the ball is in play a drop ball will be used to restart the game.

Goalkeeper: Can handle the ball only inside his own penalty area.

Pass back: If a member of the goalies own team passes the ball back to her/him, she/he must play the ball with their feet.

THERE IS NO OFFSIDE RULE IN MINI SOCCER.

Heading in Soccer

Due to the potential for injury to developing children, the following guidelines should be followed.

Under 7 and Below: NO HEADING

Under 8 to Under 12: No repetitive heading drills, work on proper technique using light plastic balls before progressing to proper soccer balls.

Under 14 and Above: Teach proper heading technique use, limited repetitive heading drills.

Proper Heading Technique

  1. Eyes open
  2. Attack the ball
  3. Strike the ball with the middle of the forehead

Instructional Video Tapes Available on Request
Call Technical Director Alistair Sim 742-5217

Ball Size & Game Duration

DivisionDuration of GameSize of Ball
U5 Mixed20 Minutes/20 Practice/20 Minutes3
U6 Mixed20 Minutes/20 Practice/20 Minutes3
U7 Girls/Boys20 Minutes/20 Practice/20 Minutes3
U8 Girls/Boys20 Minutes/20 Practice/20 Minutes3
U9 Girls/Boys20 Minutes/20 Practice/20 Minutes4
U10 Girls/Boys20 Minutes/20 Practice/20 Minutes4
U11/U12 Girls/Boys2 X 35 minute halfs4
U13/U14/U15 Girls/Boys2 X 35 minute halfs5
U15/U16/U17 Girls2 X 35 minute halfs5
U15/U16/U17 Boys2 X 35 minute halfs5

Division Rules

  • In the event of a tie for the division title a playoff game(s) will be required to determine the division champion.
  • Extra games to determine the division champion will be played before the playoff weekend. If possible, the extra games will be schedule on the regular night the division usually plays.
  • In the event of more than two teams being tied for the division title regular seeding will apply as detailed below in the Playoff Rules. If an odd number of teams are involved a bye will be granted based on the following: Head to head results, Retrogression.
  • In the event of a tie game at the end of an extra game to determine the division champion, FIFA penalty kicks will determine the winner.

Playoff Rules

  • All teams are guaranteed two games.
  • There will be a champion and consolation section for each division.
  • Teams will be seeded within their division for the tournament. For example, in an eight team division, 1 plays 8, 2 plays 7, 3 plays 6, and 4 plays 5.
  • The playoff schedule will be placed on the web after the final week of play. Any makeup games played after the final week of play will not be included in the seeding for the playoffs.
  • U12 All round robin playoff games will be two 30 minute halfs, no tie breakers. If three games are required in one day the games will be two 25 minute halfs.
  • U14/U18 All round robin playoff games will be two 30 minute halfs, no tie breakers.
  • U12 All regular playoff games will be two 30 minute halfs. If tied after regulation time the tie will be broken by a shoot out. If three games are required in one day the games will be two 25 minute halfs.
  • U14/U18 All regular playoff games will be two 30 minute halfs. If tied after regulation time the tie will be broken by a shoot out.
  • The shoot out. Each team selects five players to shoot (goalie can be one of the shooters). It is alternate shot. If at the end of the five players per team one team has more goals, then that team is the winner. If they are still tied, each team selects one more player and this process continues till one team scores and the other does not, (Note: some refs might ask for the next five shooters to save time, however, from the sixth sooter on, once one team scores and the other does not the winner is declared). Note that all players in the shoot out must be on the field at the end of the regular game, and no player can shoot twice before all other players have taken a turn. Note that the goalie does not have to shoot.
  • U12 will not exceed 150 minutes of playing time per day.
  • U14/U18 will not exceed 180 minutes of playing time per day.
  • There will be a minimum of one hour between games for all teams.
  • Round Robin: Standings are determined by:
    • 3 points for a win
    • 1 point for a tie
    • 0 point for a loss
  • Seeding: Position in standings is determined follows:
    • Point standings
    • Head to head results
    • *Retrogression
    • Coin Toss

* Retrogression will determine the winner as the first team that has a win and the other team a loss.In week 9 both team win and are still tied. In week 8 ABC wins and XYZ loses. Therefore, ABC is seeded above XYZ. Note that retrogression and the coin toss are used to discourage coaches from running scores up during the regular season. This was the case in the past when goals for and against differential was used to break the tie after the head to head was tied.

Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points
ABC 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 3 3 18
XYC 3 0 3 0 3 3 3 0 3 18