U10-U14 Recreational Plus Rules and Regulations

Game Day Procedures and Rules

Set Up & Take Down


Set Up:  Both teams who play the first game of the day are responsible for field set up. GOALPOSTS MUST ALWAYS BE ANCHORED.  Failure to do so represents a serious safety hazard. Goals must be anchored in place with the stakes provided prior to the start of the game.


If your team uses the goals, YOU are responsible for seeing that they are returned to their place and locked up.  Every year, goals are left out and injuries occur from children playing on them after the team has left.  Fines levied against Mustang Soccer for goals left unsecured to their storage area will be transferred to the team responsible.


Take Down:  Both teams who play the last game of the day are responsible for take down.   The HOME TEAM COACH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INSURING THE GOALS ARE LOCKED UP. As always, whether you are responsible for the field or not, be helpful and do what needs to be done.


Always put away corner flags and goals at the end of every day.


If there are no teams warming up and waiting to take the field after your game, assume you have the last game of the day and take down the goals! Remember, the last teams playing with the goals are responsible for putting them away.  When in doubt, take them down! Please pick up all trash.


Game Procedures


The home team will select the side of the field they want to occupy during the game. The visiting team will occupy the other side. Home teams will wear the red jersey.If there is a conflict in jersey color for teams wearing 2-piece (non-reversible) jerseys, the home teams shall change or wear pinnies.


All players and team personnel will remain inside the team’s bench area. The bench area is defined as the area 10 yards each side of the halfway line and must be a minimum of 1 yard behind the touch area and is usually marked on the sidelines.  Coaches (or parents/spectators) giving instructions will not be allowed outside this area. Team personnel will not enter the field without the referee or parent official’s permission.


A team unable to field less than the minimum number of players as called for by the Laws of the Game within 15 minutes of the scheduled game start time shall forfeit the game and the opponent shall be awarded with a 1-0 win. If both teams are unable to field the minimum number, then both teams will be assessed a 0-1 loss.


If during the course of a game a team is unable to field less than the minimum number of players as called for by the Laws of the Game that team will forfeit the game and the opponent will be awarded the game as a win, with the result standing if the opponent is leading at the time the game is terminated, or with a score of 1-0 if not.  If incident(s) during the game cause both teams to be unable to field the minimum number of players and the game to be terminated prematurely, then both teams will be assessed a 0-1 loss.


Coaching (giving directions to one’s own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, but only can be given by one coach at a time. Coaching must occur from within the team’s bench area, and the tone of voice used must be positive. There is never, under any circumstance, any reason to use profanity or verbally abuse players on or off the field by any coach, parent or player. No coaching is permitted on the field during an injury stoppage. Mechanical noisemakers, such as bullhorns and air horns, may not be used on any Mustang Soccer field at any time.


All other parents and spectators must remain behind the team area and between the penalty boxes (forward of the 18 yard line). No one is ever to be behind the goal line. Coaches are responsible for the behavior of spectators supporting their team. If there is a problem with a spectator, the coach must take care of it.


In the event of a disruptive player, coach, or spectator, referees and parent officials may suspend game play, and, if necessary, terminate a match. The Honor the Game Committee will determine the penalty to be served by the person(s) involved and the outcome of the match. The Honor the Game Committee will also determine the penalty to be served by any player or team official who is sent off (red card) prior to, during, or after a game.


Any coach asked to leave the field may be suspended from his team’s next game, and may receive an extra suspension depending on the severity of the offence reported by the Referee and the decision of the Honor the Game Committee.


The use and/or consumption of tobacco products or any alcoholic beverage immediately before, during, or immediately after play of any youth soccer game is expressly prohibited. Disciplinary action will be taken by the League for violation of this rule.

Modifications to the Laws of the Game U10-U19


Law #1: The Field

The dimensions of the field may range from 65 to 73 yards x 105 to 110 yards. The exact size of the fields will be based on the primary age group assigned to play on the field and the location of the field and will be determined by the League up to the maximums allowed by the Laws.


The goals for U10s should be 7 x 18 feet, or as determined by the league.  All other age groups will play with goals 8 x 24 feet.  The center circle for U10s shall be 8 yards in radius.


The penalty arc is not required to be painted on U10 fields.


Law #2: The Ball

The ball for U10-U12 will be a size #4, 25-26 inch circumference, 11-13 ounces. The ball for U14-U19 will be a size #5, 27-28 inch circumference, 14-16 ounces.  The Home team will provide the game ball. If the Home team does not have a suitable ball, the Visiting team shall provide it.


Law #3: Number of Players

U10 Division 4 Teams: The maximum number of players on the field will be 7 (one of which will be the goalkeeper).  The minimum number of players required to play a game will be 6.

 U12 he maximum number of player on the field will be 9.  Teams will be formed with between 13 and 14 players to ensure a spot for all players to have an opportunity to register for Mustang soccer.

U19 Division 4 and 4+ teams: The maximum number of player on the field will be 11.  Teams will be formed with between 15 and 18 players to ensure a spot for all players to have an opportunity to register for Mustang soccer.


An unlimited number of substitutions may be made as follows:


1. Prior to a throw-in, but only by the team awarded the throw.

2. Prior to a goal kick, by either team

3. After a goal has been scored, by either team

4. After an injury, while play is stopped, by either team

5. At half time

6. When the referee stops play to caution a player, the cautioned player may be substituted prior to the restart of the game. Only the cautioned player may be substituted.


A player may be substituted an unlimited number of times. On all substitutions, the substitute player should not enter the field of play until receiving a signal from the referee, and then at the half-way line.


An injured player may be substituted as allowed in item 4 above. If a player is bleeding, they must be substituted.  The injured player may re-enter the game only after all the blood has been removed from the area of bleeding and from any clothing. 


Any player receiving a serious injury during a practice or scheduled game (requiring a doctor’s attention) must have a written release from a doctor before returning to practice or game play.


Each player will play at least one half of the game’s duration (coach’s responsibility- see exceptions under Disciplinary Procedures for Players).


Law #4: Equipment

Shinguards are required for all practices and games. Shinguards must cover a minimum of ¾ of the shin, except they do not have to be longer than 10”. The shin runs from the ankle to the knee.  Players wearing shinguards that are too short will not be allowed to play.


Players who must wear eyeglasses are encouraged to wear sports goggles. Players must wear glasses that are safe. Lenses must be unbreakable and frames must be unbreakable plastic or sturdy metal.


Absolutely no jewelry may be worn while participating in any game, practice, tryout, or training session. Only medical alert bracelets may be worn; they may be taped as necessary.  Earrings and other piercings cannot be taped.


All players, parents, coaches, and referees are required to act as a reasonable person concerning player safety, including protecting players from wearing any equipment or device that is dangerous to the player wearing the equipment or device or to any orthopedic casts, air-splints, or metal splints. Players wearing any dangerous equipment or device including orthopedic casts, air-splints, or metal splints, shall not be eligible to participate in any game, practice, tryout or training session.


The Home team will wear the Red uniform. The goalkeeper will wear a distinctive jersey. It will be the coach’s responsibility to have all players in full uniform, appropriate to the division.


Law #5 & 6: Referee and Assistant Referee

All games at the U10 and U12 Division 4 level will be officiated by three Grade 9 (or higher) Referees. Each team will provide one Grade 9 Referee to act as Assistant referees (linesmen), while the Home team shall supply a Grade 9 Referee to act as the center referee. Referees are not coaches and will not coach the players, but may give instructions limited to the Laws of the Game.  See the section “Parent Officials and Referees” above for additional information.


A referee who has a conflict of interest, i.e. related to a player, must get the approval of both coaches before proceeding to act as a referee, except for the 10 and U12 Division 4 games noted above.  The referee may act as a parent official without the consent of the coaches. A parent official that is acting as a linesman can only call the ball in and out of play.


Law #7: Duration of the Match

The game will consist of two equal halves as follows:


U19....... two 45-minute halves

U15/16.. two 40-minute halves

U13/14.. two 35-minute halves

U11/12.. two 30-minute halves

U9/10.... two 25-minute halves

The half time interval shall be 5 minutes.


Any team unable to field the minimum number of players within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time will forfeit the match and the opponent awarded with a 1-0 win. If both teams are unable to field the minimum number, then both teams will be assessed a 0-1 loss.


All games will end on time.  Any game that does not start on time will be shortened as required.


Law #8: Start of Play

A goal may be scored directly from a kick-off.


Law #12: Fouls and Misconduct

In all U10 matches, all penalties will result in an indirect free kick (see Law #13).


Parent officials will not show yellow or red cards. However, parent officials may warn (caution) and, if necessary, send off players. In severe cases, the parent official may prevent players from returning to play for the remainder of the game. A player sent off by a parent official may not be replaced, i.e. the team will play short-handed for the remainder of the game.


The goalkeeper will not be charged at any time if he/she is within his/her own penalty area.


Laws #13, 14 & 17: Free Kicks and Penalty Kicks

In all U10 matches, there will be no direct free kicks (and, therefore, no penalty kicks). All kicks will be indirect. This means that the ball must first touch another player before it enters the goal in order for a goal to be scored. No kicks at the goal shall be taken closer to the goal than the edge of the goal box.  Defenders must remain at least 8 yards from the ball until it is in play in U10 matches

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