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Rule Differences Between U8, U10, U12, U14

This document summarizes the rule differences between the full FIFA Laws of Soccer and the various divisions of the In-town Recreation/Travel League programs. It only shows how the rules of the competition do not exactly follow the normal FIFA rules.

 

U8 Rules:

  • 4v4 (small sided) format (no keeper)
  • 3 player minimum (players may be borrowed from other team)
  • Ball size - 3
  • 10 minute quarters
  • Each quarter period starts with a kick-off
  • 8 Yards for free kicks/corner kicks
  • Unlimited Substitution occur on ANY stoppage of play. - Players to midfield touchline on the bench side and wait for referee to allow entrance.
  • No Penalty Kicks (Penalty Kick offenses become Direct Kicks about 8 yards from goal.)
  • No Goal Kicks crossing midfield on the fly (indirect free kick for non offending team at midfield)
  • Players must retreat to their defensive side of the field on goal kicks.
  • No Offside
  • No Slide Tackles
  • No Heading (indirect free kick)

 

U10 Rules (note: Middlesex Youth Soccer League Rules take priority over TYSL rules):

  • 7v7 (small sided) format
  • 5 player minimum (including goalkeeper)
  • Ball size - 4
  • 25 minute halves
  • 8 Yards for free kicks/corner kicks
  • Unlimited Substitution occur on own throw in (or opponent's throw in IF opponent is subbing), any goal kick, after goal, or start of half
  • No Penalty Kicks (Penalty Kick offenses become Direct Kicks outside the Penalty Area)
  • Goal kicks crossing midfield on the fly
  • Goalie Distributions crossing midfield on the fly
  • No Slide Tackles
  • No Heading

U12 Rules (note: Middlesex Youth Soccer League Rules take priority over TYSL rules):

  • 9v9 (Full sided) format
  • 7 player minimum (including goalkeeper)
  • Ball size - 4
  • 35 minute halves
  • Unlimited Substitution occur on own throw in (or opponent's throw in IF opponent is subbing), any goal kick, after goal, or start of half
  • 8 Yards for free kicks /corner kicks
  • No Slide Tackles
  • No Heading

 

U14 Rules (note: Middlesex Youth Soccer League Rules take priority over TYSL rules):

  • 35 Minute Halves
  • Unlimited Substitution occur on own throw in (or opponent's throw in IF opponent is subbing), any goal kick, after goal, or start of half
  • No Slide Tackles