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5U/6U - Rules


 AYSO Region 111

5U/6U Guidelines

Fall and Spring 
Please review before Start of Season.
May Change

PARENTS: Should six feet from the touch line. Additionally, with Covid rules, families should be 6 feet apart.
 ACTIVITY DAY AT 6U: The 5U/6U activity day consists of a 60-minute session: 25 minutes of technical/practice development and one game of four five-minute periods with a five-minute break for half time.



Length (yards) - 25 to 35


Width (Yards) - 15 to 25


Center Circle Radius (Yards) - 5


Goal Size- Pugs








Only the Coaches' may enter the field of play to coach, but let the players play. Remember, the players learn from trial and error.
Only two coaches can coach on game day. 


If you have more than two certified coaches on your team, only two coaches are allowed to coach on game day. Please alternate



No Goalkeeper at 5U/6U
No Goaltending (Don’t have a player sit in the goal)


The Players:


Four players per team on the Field (4v4)



No Goalkeepers for 5U/6U (Do not have a player sit in the goal)



A maximum of 6 players on a roster


Substitutions: Between periods, at halftime and for injuries.


Playing Time: All players must play at least 3/4 of the total time allotted for the game.



Teams: Separate girls and boys teams should be promoted at all levels of play.


Player Equipment:


AYSO will give all players a uniform that consists of a Jersey, Shorts and socks

Shoes and shin guards must be supplied by the parent and to be worn at all practices and games. Shin guards must be covered by the socks. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use. NO BASEBALL CLEATS.

Note: No Earrings allowed, not even if they have a band aid covering them.


Duration of Game:


You have a one-hour time slot for the Technical/Practice Session and Game

Technical/Practice Session:
The first 25 minutes of the hour will be the Technical/Practice session.

Game Session:
The last part of the hour will be the game
Four 5-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 minutes. The mid time half (quarter breaks) is for quick water and substitution. The clock does not stop for the quarter breaks (water/substitution breaks).


5U/6U Officials:


There is no need for fully qualified referees to manage 5U/6U games. One or both coaches should "officiate". The games are intended to be an opportunity for our players to experience the fun of playing. The barest of minimum rules are needed and should be applied with a generous amount of flexibility. Let the players have the freedom to play with minimum interruption.


The Start of Play:


The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field.

(No Goal Can be Scored Directly from the Kick-Off. Another Player must touch the ball before a goal is scored)


The Coin Toss / Kick-off:


1. No Coin Toss – For the start of the game (first half), the home team picks the side to defend and the visitors kick off.

2. For the start of the second half of the game, the home team kicks off.

3. The teams change ends of the field for the second half and attack the opposite goals

4. After a team scores a goal, the restart is a kick-off and is taken by the team that was scored upon

5. The team not kicking off should be 5 yards from the center mark



Ball In and Out of Play:


The ball is out of play in all age group games when it completely crosses the touch line (sideline) or goal line (end line), either on the ground or in the air.


Method of Scoring:


A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar.


  1. No Goal is scored from the kick-off (Another Player must touch the ball before a goal is scored)
  2. No Goal is scored from a direct kick-in (Another Player must touch the ball before a goal is scored)
  3. No Goal is scored directly from a goal kick (Another Player must touch the ball before a goal is scored).
  4. Goals cannot be scored from your own half of the field.



The opposing team must be at least ten feet from the ball when free kicks are taken in 5U/6U games.


Free Kicks:


All free kicks are indirect kicks. Opponents must be at least ten feet from the ball or on the goal line between the goal posts during free kicks.




No offside in 5U/6U.
Also, there is no cherry picking either.




  1. No-throw-ins or kick-ins. Coaches will roll a soccer ball back into play when the ball crosses the touch line.
  2. If you feel that your team is progressing to the next level, you can have the players do a kick-in instead of the coach rolling the ball back into play when the ball crosses the touch line. Remember, no goals can be scored on a direct kick-in. Another player must touch the ball before a goal is scored.

Goal Kick:


A goal kick is awarded to the opposing team when the attacking team is last to touch the ball before it crosses the goal line but without scoring a goal. The goal kick may be taken from any point on the Goal Line and passed to a teammate. The opposing team must retreat to the Half Line at the middle of the field from the ball when the goal kick is taken. 
Note: No goals can be scored from a goal kick


Corner Kick:


There are no Corner Kicks at this age level. If the ball is kick out of play across the goal line by the defending or attacking team, the restart is a goal kick. The opposing team must retreat toward the Half Line at the middle of the field from the ball when the goal kick is taken in 5U/6U games.
Note: No goals can be scored from a goal kick

Hand Ball:


A hand ball infraction occurs when a player handles the ball DELIBERATELY. The 'hand' includes the entire arm up to the top of the shoulder. Instinctive, self-protective reactions are not penalized at this young age. Accidental contact (ball striking hand or arm with no intent by the player) is not an offense and should not be penalized.

 Slide Tackles:  No Slide Tackles. We want to promote that the players stay on their feet.

No Heading:


Consistent with the US Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division 11U (12U and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and matches. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a match (taken where the player touched the ball with his/her head).

 Updated 2-22-22

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Parents: rule Description Activity Day at 6U: rule Description Field of Play: rule Description Size of Ball rule Description Coaches' Technical Area: rule Description Goalkeeper: rule Description The Players: rule Description Player Equipment: rule Description Duration of Game: rule Description 5U/6U Officials: rule Description The Start of Play: rule Description The Coin Toss / Kick-off: rule Description Ball In and Out of Play: rule Description Method of Scoring: rule Description Fouls: rule Description Free Kicks: rule Description Offside: rule Description Throw-Ins rule Description Goal Kick: rule Description Corner Kick: rule Description Hand Ball: rule Description Slide Tackles: rule Description No Heading: rule Description

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