Teach soccer fundamentals & teamwork.
Provide a safe environment.
Measure our success by the above and by our improvement, not by wins & losses.
Age Groups / General Rules
U6 (Grades: EC-4 & K) - will play 4 vs. 4 with no goalie and two 15-minute halves with a five minute halftime. Each player will play a minimum of 15 minutes per game and coaches are allowed on the field to direct players and will serve as referee.
U8 (Grades 1st & 2nd) - will play 4 vs. 4 with a goalie and two 20-minute halves with a five minute halftime. Each player will play a minimum of 20 minutes per game and coaches are allowed on the field to direct players only if deemed appropriate and one certified referee will be present.
U10 (Grades 3rd & 4th) - will play 5 vs. 5 with a goalie and two 20-minute halves with a five minute halftime. Coaches are not allowed on the field to direct players and one certified referee will be present.
U12 (Grades 5th & 6th) - will play 4 vs. 4 with a goalie and two 20-minute halves with a five minute halftime. Coaches are not allowed on the field to direct players and one certified referee will be present.
All games and practices are at the St. Lawrence field.
Players are asked to arrive on time for practice and 20 minutes before each game.
Each player should bring a filled plastic water bottle to all games and practices.
Each player should bring a ball for each practice - recommended sizes:
- U6 – size 3
- U8/U10/U12 – size 4
A parent or guardian of each child is required to be in attendance at each practice/game.
Each player will receive a uniform, shorts and socks.
Goalkeepers (U8/U10/U12 only) must wear colors that distinguish them from the other players and from the referees.
All players must wear the same uniform and shirts must be tucked in the shorts.
Players must wear shin guards and they must be covered completely by socks.
Soccer cleats are recommended. No shoes with front cleats may be worn (i.e., no baseball or football cleats). Only rubber cleats are allowed; metal cleats are not allowed.
Players are not allowed to wear jewelry of any kind.
Players cannot chew gum or eat food on the field.
Hats are not allowed.
Players cannot play with a cast of splint of any kind.
The Start of Play - Each half starts with a kick-off determined by a coin toss and the game is also restarted with a kick-off if a team scores a goal.
Ball In and Out of Play - the ball is in play all throughout the game, except when it passes a goal line or touch lines, when an offense occurs or when play is stopped by the referee.
Off-sides – there are no off-sides penalties in U6/U8 and cherry-picking is discouraged. Off-sides penalties will be called for U10/U12 by the referee.
Fouls, Misconduct and Sportsmanship – Handling the ball, tackling, grabbing, holding, pushing, shoving or tripping will result in a free kick for the opposing team. Foul play or trash talking will not be tolerated and can result in ejection from the game.
Free Kicks – free kicks will awarded to the opposing team at the spot of infraction. Free kicks can be indirect, i.e. a goal cannot be scored unless it is touched by another player from either team before it goes into the goal, or direct, goal can be scored without touching another player.
Penalty Kicks – There will be no penalty kicks for U6. Penalty kicks can be called for U8/U10/U12 by the referee.
Kick-ins / Throw-ins – If the ball goes out on the side lines, the team who last touched the ball concede a kick-in (U6) or throw-in (U8/U10/U12 ). The game is restarted and the ball is in play when the other team kicks/throws the ball back into play.
Goal-Kick – when the attacking team takes the ball out of play on the defending team's goal line the game is restarted with the a goal kick within the penalty (safety) box.
Corner Kick - when the defending team touches the ball last and it goes over their own goal line, outside of the goal itself, then the opposing team earns a corner kick and the game will be restarted from the corner nearest to where the ball went out.
Substitution – there will be unlimited free substitution (U6) and on dead balls only (U8/U10/U12 ).
Overtime - there will be no overtime periods.
If a player is injured, play will continue until the whistle is blown. The referee will stop the game if a child appears to be seriously hurt or if there is blood. If the game is stopped for injury, you should have your players immediately stop and sit or kneel down where they are. It is recommended that each coach become familiar with the proper procedures in the event of an injury. An injured player should sit out and receive appropriate treatment.
Prior to the first practice all players (parents) will be required to complete a SLYAP Release and Hold Harmless Agreement and Medical Release Form.