Under 8 Division Rules

  1. In this division, players transition from micro soccer to more traditionally styled soccer. The field is much larger than a U6 field but not full regulation size yet. Players should be taught the appropriate names of the field including goal box and penalty box areas.
  2. Teams play 8 v. 8 including a goalie (meaning no more than 8 players on the field at any given time). All players are encouraged to play goalie for at least one-half during the season. Indeed, players should be encouraged to learn all of the various positions and not be “stuck” just playing one position all season. Players should learn the importance of each position. Typically each player should learn the roles of fullback, midfielder, and forward. Players should be introduced to the relative positioning of each of these roles. The formation a coach uses is left to his/her individual discretion. Players should get to play 75% of the time.
  3. A center referee will be provided for games. Traditional FIFA rules are followed regarding play of the game except with respect to off-side and substitutions.
  4. Off-sides are to be taught but generally will only be called if a team appears to be “cherry-picking” (e.g. teaching their forwards to hang out around the goal well beyond the defense). The referee has the sole discretion to discredit a goal he/she determines is the result of an intentional act of offsides.
  5. Unlimited substitutions will be allowed at any stoppage of play. Coaches should get the attention of the referee and obtain permission to sub before allowing the sub to enter the game.
  6. Referees will have discretion to allow a player to “re-do” a throw in if it is not performed correctly. Tolerance for improper throw ins is greater in the early part of the season but will be more strictly enforced later in the season.
  7. Penalties will be called for hand balls, pushing, tripping, etc. Referees should explain to the players why the call was made to allow the players to learn from their mistakes. Coaches should also take note of any penalties called to further explain to their players during practice.
  8. Corner kicks should be taught and will be used at this level.
  9. Scores are kept but standings are not maintained.
  10. Home teams will choose sidelines they wish to utilize during the games. Each team’s spectators should sit on opposite sidelines to avoid any possible negative interaction. Coaches are responsible for maintaining civility and sportsmanship on his/her sidelines. If a coach needs assistance with a problem spectator, notify the referee or the Director of Coaching. Encourage your families to cheer all good play and to avoid yelling instructions. The idea is to allow the players to learn decision-making. If coaches have an issue with another coach, it should immediately be brought to the attention of the Director of Coaching. Coaches are expected to model good sportsmanship.