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Rules of the Game

Section 1. (a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games, ball size, and number of players on the field for each age group are in the table below:

 

(b) In tournament play, if the game is still tied after overtime periods, FIFA "Kicks from the Penalty Mark" rules apply to determine the winner.

Section 2. (a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games and ball size for each age group shall be as follows:

 

Age Group Maximum Goal Size (in feet) Field Width 
Min. | Max. (in yards)
Field Length
Min. | Max. (in yards)
13U-19U 8’ x 24’ 50 | 100 100 | 130
11U & 12U 7' x 21' 45 | 55 70 | 80
9U & 10U 6.5' x 18.5' 35 | 45 55 | 65
6U, 7U & 8U 4’ x 6’ 15 | 25 25 | 35

Recommended Goal and Field Sizes

Age Group Game Half Length Size Ball # Players on Field
U18 45' 5 11v11
U15 35' 5 11v11
U12 35' 4 9v9
U10 25' 4 7v7
U8 4-10' quarters 3 4v4, no goalkeepers, small sides
U6 4-5' quarters 3 3v3, no goalkeepers, small sides

Roster Limits

Seven (7) players are required to submit a work roster to initiate a team’s registration with NCYSA. The Roster Limit applies to Classic, Challenge and Recreation.

Age Group Number of Players on the Field Maximum # of Players on Roster
6u 3v3 10
8u 4v4 10
10u 7v7 12
12u 9v9 16
13u-17u 11v11 18

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