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ACADEMY RULES

Coaches, players, and all spectators are expected to have fun and help each other to foster a supportive and enjoyable environment for all players on both teams. We are all part of Academy Soccer and must work together to help encourage a positive experience for the players.

The Basics

  • Each team plays with seven players - 6 field players and 1 goalkeeper.

  • Each game consists of two 25-minute halves with a 5 minute halftime. There is no stoppage of the clock.

  • All players need shin guards with socks pulled over them. Jewelry is not allowed.

  • The ball must be a size #4.

  • The field is 60 x 45 yards and has two medium-sized goals on opposite goal lines.

  • The two teams competing will sit on the same sideline, and spectators will be seated on the opposite side. All non-players are asked to remain at least 2 feet back from the sidelines.

  • Substitutions should be made to ensure that everybody gets equal playing time.

  • The winner of the match is the team with the most goals. There is no overtime for tie games.

  • At the end of the game, both teams will line up and shake hands and congratulate each other.

 

Play Modifications

  • The buildout lines are used to determine an offside offense. Being in an offside position is only a foul in the attacking portion of the field beyond the buildout line.

  • On a goal kick, all players for the opposing team must move behind the buildout line.

  • If the goalkeeper picks up the ball, the opposing team must move behind the buildout line.

  • Once the ball is put into play from a goal kick or goalkeeper distribution, the opposing team can cross the buildout line.

  • Goalkeepers can put the ball into play before the opposition retreats, but they do so at their own peril.

  • Goalkeepers cannot punt or dropkick the ball. They must distribute the ball from their hands by throwing/rolling the ball or putting the ball on the ground and passing with their foot to their teammate.

  • All free kicks are indirect and the opponents must stand at least 8 yards away.

  • There is no heading the ball or slide tackling in Academy.

Refereeing the Game

  • A center referee will call the game.

  • The referee is usually a youth soccer player. As such, parents will not address the referee. Coaches should be especially respectful to the referee and their decisions.

  • Overly aggressive play shall result in a foul. The referee may use their discretion to keep the game safe and fun for everyone. 

  • No cards are shown for misconduct.

Modifications as they apply to the Laws of the Game: