PSL Soccer Club Rules for small sided games.



LAW I – The Field of Play


1) Dimensions: The field of play shall be with its dimensions as detailed:


•U8 – 30 x 40 yards

•U10 – 30 x 45 yards

•U12 through U19 – 40 x 60 yards


2) Marking: The field of play shall be marked with distinctive lines, not more than 5 inches in width,the longer boundary lines being called the touch lines and the shorter the goal lines. A flag on a post notless than 5 feet high and having a non-pontes top shall be placed at each corner. A halfway line shall bemarked out across the field of play. A circle shall indicate the center of the field – 5 yards in diameter.


3) The Penalty Area: At each end of the field of play a line shall be drawn extending from touch line totouch line parallel to the goal line. Each of the spaces enclosed by this line, shall be called a penaltyarea. Two marks shall be made within each penalty area 5 yards from the touchlines. These shall be thedrop markers.


4) The Corner Area: From each corner flag post a quarter circle, having a radius of 1 yard, shall bedrawn inside the field of play.

5) The Goal: The goals shall be placed on the center of each goal line 4 yards (inside measurement) by6 feet in height. For safety reasons, the goals must be anchored securely to the ground. Nets must be attached to the posts, cross bars and ground behind the goals.


LAW II – The Ball


The following shall be the sizes of the ball used by age divisions. The sizes shall be as understood andrecognized by the USSF – Youth Division. The referee shall make the final determination as to theacceptability of any ball provided for a match:


•Under 8 and younger – Size 3

•Under 12 and younger – Size 4

•Under 19 and younger – Size 5 Either team taking part in the match may supply the ball used in the match.


 LAW III – Number of Players


•A match shall be played by two teams, each consisting of 6 players, one of whom shall be thegoalkeeper.


•No team may begin a match with less than 5 players or continue a match with less than 4 players on the field at any time, whether the threshold is reached through injury, expulsion or voluntary withdrawal. Should a team violate this provision, the match shall be suspended andthe team in violation shall be assessed a forfeit by a score of 3-0 regardless of whether the gamehas already begun or any score has been recorded. If both teams reach this thresholdsimultaneously, the game shall be suspended and the score declared a 1-1 draw regardless of whether the game has already begun or any score recorded.


•No team may field more players than are available to the opposing team at any point during thematch, unless the opposing team’s numbers have been reduced through expulsion or voluntary withdrawal.


•Substitutions shall be unlimited. However, once expelled from a match, a player may not returnfor the remainder of that match, though the team shall have the option of replacing him withanother player of the same team.


•Any of the other players may change places with the goalkeeper, provided that the referee isinformed before the change is made and provided also that the change is made during astoppage of the game. Acceptable stoppages shall be goal kicks, throw ins, and kick offs.


•All players shall present themselves to the referee before the start of the match for examinationof documentation and equipment. Players who arrive after the start of the match, but before thestart of the second half, may only join the match for the second half, provided that they presentthemselves to the referee during the half time interval. Players arriving after the start of the

second half shall not be permitted to join the match at all.


For any infringement of this Law, the player concerned shall be cautioned and thesubstitution disallowed, with the substitution removed from the field or sent off according to thecircumstances. If the game is stopped by the referee to deal with the matter, the game shall be restarted by the referee dropping the ball at the place where it was when play was stopped, unless it was withinthe penalty area at that time. In that case, the ball shall be dropped at the drop the marker nearest towhere the ball was when play stopped.


LAW IV – Players’ Equipment


•The basic compulsory equipment of a player shall consist of a jersey or shirt numbered on the back shorts, socks, shin guards and footwear.


•A player shall not wear anything that is dangerous to another player. If the referee finds that a player is wearing articles not permitted by the Laws and which constitute a danger to other  players, he shall order him to take them off. If he fails to carry out the referee’s instruction, the player shall not take part in the match.


•Shin guards, which must be covered entirely by the socks, shall be made of a suitable material(rubber, plastic, polyurethane or similar substance) and shall afford a reasonable degree of  protection.


•The goalkeeper shall wear colors that distinguish him from the other players and from thereferee.


Punishment: For any infringement of the Law, the player at fault shall be instructed to leave thefield of play by the referee, to adjust his equipment or obtain any missing equipment, when the ball next ceases to be in play, unless by then the player has already corrected his equipment.Play shall not be stopped immediately for an infringement of this Law. A player who isinstructed to leave the field to adjust his equipment or obtain missing equipment shall not returnwithout first reporting to the referee, who shall satisfy himself that the player’s equipment is inorder. The players shall only reenter the game at a moment when the ball has ceased to be in play.


LAW V – Referees


A referee shall be appointed to officiate in each game. His/Her authority and the exercise of the powersgranted to them by the Laws of the Game commence as soon as they enter the field of play.He/She shall:


•Enforce the Laws;


•Refrain from penalizing in cases where he/she is satisfied that, by doing so, he/she would begiving an advantage to the offending team;


•Keep a record of the game; act as timekeeper and allow the full or agreed time, adding theretoall time lost through accident or other cause;


•Have discretionary power to stop the game for any infringement of the Laws and to suspend or terminate the game whenever, by reason of the elements, interference by spectators, or other cause, he/she deems such stoppage necessary. In such a case he/she shall submit a detailed  

report to the competent authority, within the stipulated time, and in accordance with the provisions set up by the league or club under whose jurisdiction the match was played. Reportswill be deemed to be made when received in the ordinary course of post;


•Allow no person other than the players to enter the field of play without his/her permission;


•Stop the game if, in his/her opinion, a player has been seriously injured, have the player removed as soon as possible from the field of play, and immediately resume the game. If a player is slightly injured, the game shall not be stopped until the ball has ceased to be in play. A player who is able to go to the touch line or goal line for attention of any kind shall not betreated on the field of play;

•Send off the field of play and show a red card to any player who, in his/her opinion, is guilty of violent conduct, serious foul play, the use of foul or abusive language, or who persists inmisconduct after having received a caution;


•The referee can only reverse his/her first decision so long as the game has not been restarted


LAW VI – Duration of the Game


•The duration of the game shall be of two equal periods, each being of the following length:a)Under 8 and younger – 20 minutes b)Under 12 and younger – 20 minutesc)Under 14 and younger – 20 minutesd)Under 19 and younger – 25 minutes


•The duration of the game shall be subject to the following:


•Allowance shall be made in either period for all time lost through substitutions, the transportfrom the field of play injured players, time wasting or other cause, the amount of whichshall be a matter for the discretion of the referee;


•Time shall be extended to permit a penalty kick being taken at or after the expiration of thenormal period in either half.At half time the interval shall not exceed five minutes except byconsent of the referee.


LAW VII – The Start of Play


•At the beginning of the game, choice of ends shall be decided by the toss of a coin. The teamwinning the toss shall have the option of choosing the side to defend. The referee haven given asignal, a player taking a place kick into his opponents half of the field of play shall start thegame. Every player shall be in his/her own half of the field of play and every player of the teamopposing that of the kicker shall remain not less than 5 yards from the ball until it is kicked off,it shall not be deemed in play until touched. The kicker shall not play the ball a second timeuntil it has been touched or played by another player.


•When restarting at half time, ends shall be changed and a player of the opposite team shall takethe kickoff to that of the player who started the game.


•When restarting the game after a temporary suspension of play, from any cause not mentionedelsewhere in these Laws, provided that immediately prior to the suspension the ball has not passed over the touch or goal lines, the referee shall drop the ball at the place where it was when play was suspended. However, if the ball was on the penalty area at that time, the referee shalldrop the ball on the drop marker nearest to where the ball was when play stopped. It shall bedeemed in play when it has touched the ground. A player shall not touch the ball until it has touched the ground.


•No offside in 6v6 soccer.


LAW VIII – Ball In and Out of Play


The ball is out of play:


•When it has wholly crossed the goal or touch lines, whether on the ground or in the air 


•When the game has been stopped by the referee


•The ball is in play at all other times from the start of the match to the finish including:


•If it rebounds from a goal post, cross bar or corner flag post into the field of play


•If it rebounds off the referee when he is the field of play


•In the event of a supposed infringement of the Laws; until a decision is given


LAW IX – Method of Scoring


Except as otherwise provided by these Laws, a goal is scored when the whole of the ball has passedover the goal line, between the goal posts and under the cross bar, provided it has not been thrown,carried or intentionally propelled by hand or arm by a player of the attacking side, except in the case of a goal keeper, who is within his own penalty area.The team scoring the greater amount of goals during a game shall be the winner. If no goals or an equalnumber of goals are scored, the game shall be determined a “draw”.


LAW X – Fouls and Misconduct


A player who intentionally commits any of the following nine offenses, shall be penalized by the awardof a direct free kick to be taken by the opposing team from the place where the offense occurred:


•Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent


•Trips an opponent; i.e.: throwing or attempting to throw him by the use of the legs or bystopping in front of or behind him/her 


•Jumps at an opponent


•Charges an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner 


•Charges an opponent from behind unless the latter is obstructing


•Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent or spits at him/her 


•Holds an opponent


•Pushes an opponent


•Handles the ball, i.e.: carries, strikes or propels the ball with his/her hand or arm (this does notapply to the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)Should a player of the defending team intentionally commit one of the nine offenses within the penaltyarea, he/she shall be penalized by a penalty kick.A player committing any of the following five offenses shall be penalized by the award of an indirect stage where it was interrupted prior to the offense (throw in, free kick, etc.). Moreover, if a player attacks on of his/her teammates, the referee, a spectator, etc., this shall also beconsidered violent conduct as mentioned above, this offense can arise when the ball is in or out of play. If the ball is in play, the player shall be sanctioned with an indirect free kick against his team from the spot where the violent conduct occurred or with a dropped balltaken at the place where the ball was situated at the time of the offense, if this occurred beyond the boundaries of the field of play. If the ball is out of play, the game shall beresumed at the stage where it was interrupted prior to the offense (throw in, free kick, etc.)



•A sliding tackle with one or both legs is permissible if, in the opinion of the referee, it is notdangerous. If, however, the player making the tackle, instead of making contact with the ball,trips his opponent, the referee shall award a direct free kick to the opposing team and shallcaution the offending player.


•A tackle from behind which is violent, with little or no attempt to play the ball, is prohibited andwill be punished by a direct free kick and an ordering off the field of play.

Offenses Against Goal Keepers


•It is an offense if a player:


•Jumps at a goal keeper under the pretext of heading the ball;


•Dodges about in front of a goalkeeper in order to prevent him from releasing the ball;


•Who is standing in front of a goalkeeper when a corner kick is being taken, takes advantage of his/her position to obstruct the goalkeeper before the kick is taken and before the ball is in play;



•A player who has the ball under control within playing distance (i.e., the distance at which the player is covering the ball for tactical reasons in order to avoid its being played by an opponent,without using his/her arms) is not guilty of obstruction.


•Any player who intentionally obstructs an opponent by crossing directly in front of him/her or running between him and the ball or intervening so as to form an obstacle with the aim of delaying his advance, must be sanctioned with an indirect free kick in favor of the opposingteam.


•However, any player who intentionally impedes the progress of an opponent by physicalcontact, whether using his/her hand, arm, leg or any other part of his/her body, shall be penalized by the award of a direct free kick to the opposing team, or by a penalty kick, if theoffense was committed within his/her penalty area.

Scissors or Bicycle Kick 


•Such a kick is permissible, provided that in the opinion of the referee it is not dangerous to anopponent.



 Jumping at an Opponent 


•The award of a direct free kick to the opposing team shall penalize a player who jumps at anopponent under the pretext of heading the ball.

 Prohibited use of the Body


•A player who holds off an opponent using his/her hand, arm, leg or body, is guilty of aninfringement of Law X and shall be punished by the award of a direct free kick to the opposingteam.


•Holding or hindering an opponent when the ball is out of play in order to prevent him/her fromrunning into position is an offense (disciplinary punishment).

Caution for Handling the Ball or Holding an Opponent 


•While it is not unusual for a player to be cautioned for handling the ball or holding an opponent,there are exceptional circumstances in which, in addition to imposing the customary punishment, the referee must caution a player for unsporting behavior in these offenses:


•When a player, in order to prevent an opponent from gaining possession of the ball, and becausehe is unable to play it in any other way, stops it with one, or both hands, punches it or catches,or when a player holds an opponent in order to prevent him from gaining possession of the ball.


•When an attacking player attempts to score a goal by illegal use of the hand. The foregoing issubject to the provisions contained in decision 16 of Law XX of the International F.A. Board(obvious goal or goal scoring opportunity denied=ordering off offense)

 Free Kicks


•Any player who, for any reason, deliberately delays a free kick being taken by the opposingteam shall be cautioned (yellow card). For repetition of this offense he/she shall be sent off (redcard).


•Any player who prematurely rushes forward from the defensive wall, formed at least 5 yardsfrom the ball, before the ball has been kicked, shall be cautioned. In the event of a repetition of this offense, he/she shall be sent off.


•While the Law states that all opposing players should retire to a distance of at least 5 yards fromthe ball, the referee has discretionary power to disregard this requirement to enable a free kick to be taken quickly.

 Injury of a Player 


•Team officials are permitted to enter the field of play with the referee’s permission solely for the purpose of assessing an injury – not to treat it – and to arrange for the player’s removal.


Attitude Towards Referees



•Any player who protests at a referee’s decision shall be cautioned.


•Any player who assaults or insults a referee shall be sent off.


•The captain of a team, although responsible for his team’s behavior, has no special rights.


•All team officials shall be subject to the disciplinary power of the referee. The referee shall beempowered to require the removal of any team official whom he/she judges to be in violationon the spirit of the Laws on account of unseemly behavior.


•Likewise, the referee shall be empowered to require the removal of any spectator whom he/shefeels is causing disruption to the match. This power shall extend to requiring the termination of the match if the disruption is grave or persistent.

Wasting time


•Any player who wastes time shall be cautioned for unsporting behavior. Wasting time occurswhenever a player:


Feigns injury;


◦Takes a free kick from the wrong position with the sole intention of forcing the referee todemand a retake;


◦Appears to prepare for a throw in but suddenly leaves it to one of his/her team to throw in;


◦Kicks the ball away or carries it away with his/her hands after the referee has stopped playfor any reason;


◦Stands in front of the ball when a free kick has been awarded to the opposing team in order to give his team time to organize the defensive wall;


◦Excessively delays taking a throw in or a free kick;


•A goalkeeper;


◦Employs all manner of tactics with the sole intention of gaining time for his/her team(keeping the ball longer than necessary, waiting too long before passing it into play, puntingit to the touch line, etc.)


◦Delays leaving the field when substituted for.

Celebration of Goal 


•After a goal has been scored, the player who has scored it is allowed to share his/her joy withhis/her teammates. However, the referee must not allow them to spend an inordinate amount of time in their opponent’s half of the field,

Goal Kick 


•The goal kick shall be deemed different form a free kick in one respect: the team defendingagainst the kick shall only be compelled to retire from the kicking team’s penalty area, not towithdraw a further distance. This shall be the case whether or not the kicker’s position shall place the defender less than 5 yards from the spot the kick will be taken. Should the kicker desire a greater distance than that afforded by the position of the defender, the kicker may movethe ball and take the goal kick from a spot further back in the penalty area.

 Punting and Distributing 


•In keeping with the spirit of Law XIV, a goalkeeper gaining possession of the ball while it is in play may not punt the ball or distribute it with his/her hands so that it passes directly into theopponent’s half of the field without the first touching the ground or a player of either team inthe half of the field defended by the goalkeeper’s team. Should the goalkeeper violate this provision, an indirect free kick shall be taken by the team opposing that which kicked or distributed the ball from the drop marker nearest to where the offense occurred.



•The coach and other team officials, must remain with the confines of their technical area. Thisarea shall be defined as an area about the bench provided for each team by the host club, thedimensions of which shall extend ten feet to either side of the bench and up to the team boundary. Team officials must conduct themselves, at all times, in a responsible manner.