The following is a summary of
rules for this age group.
Teams in the U10 age
group will be divided into separate leagues for boys and girls.
Roster Size: 7-14
Players on field: 7 vs.
7 including goalkeepers.
Ball Size: 4.
Field Size: Approx 60
yards x 40 yards; minimum 55 yds x 35 yds, maximum 65 yds x 45 yds
Goal Area: 8 yards x 4 yards
Penalty Area: 24 yards x 12 yards
Goal Size: 6 feet x 18
Coaches ARE REQUIRED to have game cards and ARE
NOT required to have player cards. Game
cards should be any printed document with first and last names of each player
printed as well as jersey numbers. The
template for this may be unique to each club.
Game Duration: 2 halves, 25 minutes each. 5 minute
Free Subs (at GA Soccer
regulated stoppage of play; e.g., goal kicks, throw-in’s offensive teams may
Players should be at
midfield and off the playing surface until the center referee indicates they
may enter the field of play.
All players must play
50% of each half and preferably ¾ of a game.
Offside rule will be in
will not be allowed. Violation of this
results in an indirect free kick per GA Soccer rules.
Penalty kicks will be
taken at a spot 8 yards from the goal line.
Throw-ins will be
utilized to restart play when ball goes over touchlines.
Goal Kicks: placed in
At least one referee
will be scheduled to officiate each game.
Goalkeepers must play an equal amount of time on the field as in the goal.
Development Rule "The Build-Out Line"
build out line is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an
U10/9 7v7 Play
Buildout lines should be equidistant from the penalty
area lines and halfway line. A dashed
line may be used for the buildout line to assist players in understanding where
the buildout line is.
When the goalkeeper has the ball in hand during play
from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until
the ball is put into play. This includes
Once the opposing team is behind the build out line,
the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate. Punting and drop-kicking are not allowed.
The ball is deemed in-play once it is released from
the goalkeeper’s hands or kicked on goal kicks.
The opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as
If a goalkeeper punts or drop-kicks the ball, an
indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the
offense. If the punt occurs within the
goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line
parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement
The build out line will also be used to denote where
offside offenses can be called. Players
cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the
buildout line. Players can be penalized
for an offside offense between the buildout line and the goal line.