MICRO SOCCER 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 Micro Soccer and must work together to help encourage a positive experience for the players.

The Basics

  • Each team plays with four players without a goalkeeper. A player cannot be permanently positioned in front of their own goal - thus playing a de facto goalkeeper.

  • Each game consists of two 10-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 #3 for the 4 and 5-year-olds. The ball must be a size #4 for the 6 and 7-year-olds.

  • The field is 30 x 20 yards and has two small 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.

  • While every goal is celebrated, NO SCORE IS KEPT.

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

 

Play Modifications

  • There is no offside rule for this age group.

  • On a goal kick, all players for the opposing team need to be on their side of the field before the kick is taken.

  • When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be restarted by a kick-in. The ball shall be placed on the line where the ball exited the field. Kick-ins are considered an indirect free kick.

  • All free kicks are indirect and the opponents must stand at least 4 yards away.

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

Refereeing the Game

  • The opposing coaches take turns refereeing the game.

  • Overly aggressive play shall result in a foul. Coaches 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: