AYSO Region 104

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AYSO Region 104 - At A Glance

Short Sided Games

AYSO Region 104 implements AYSO's national guidelines for short sided games.

To help build creative, attacking soccer players and to avoid situations some younger players are not emotionally equipped to handle, we don't use goalkeepers until U-9.

Rules by Division At-A-Glance

Birthdates shown in the table are for the 2014 / 2015 Season

Division U-5 U-6 U-7 U-8 U-10 U-12 U-14 U-19
Game Length
(See Note 1)
20 min. 30 min. 40 min. 40 min. 50 min. 60 min. 70 min. 90 min.
Players on Field
3 3 5 5 7 9 11 11
Minimum Number of Players 2 2 3 3 5 6 7 7
Roster Limit
(See Note 5)
5 5 7 7 10 12 15 21
Ball Size 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5
Referee Certification
(see Note 6)
U8 Official U8 Official U8 Official U8 Official Regional (N) Intermediate (N) Advanced (N) National (N)
Practices Allowed
(See Note 2)
35 min. before each game
(See Note 3)
35 min. before each game
(See Note 3)
1x per Week
1 hr.
Optional 2nd on Friday
1x per Week
1 hr.
Optional 2nd on Friday
2x per Week
1 hr.
2x per Week
1-1/2 hr.
2x per Week
1-1/2 hr.
2x per Week
1-1/2 hr.

Goalkeepers

No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indirect Kicks
Penalty Kicks
Offside
No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Birth Dates
(See Note 4)
8/1/09
7/31/10
8/1/08
7/31/09
8/1/07
7/31/08
8/1/06
7/31/07
8/1/04
7/31/06
8/1/02
7/31/04
8/1/00
7/31/02
8/1/95
7/31/00
Division U-5 U-6 U-7 U-8 U-10 U-12 U-14 U-19
Note 1:
All fields for U5 – U12 are sized age-appropriately. For U5 and U6, see also Note 3 below.
Note 2:
Regular season teams may only practice Monday through Friday; no weekend practices are allowed.
Note 3:
35 minutes before each game is a regular practice time. Coaches have prepared activities in skill development. Do not skip this practice time.
Note 4:
Children age 5 or older with August birthdays may play in the next older division to be with classmates. Playing down a level is never permitted.
Note 5:
Coaches may request more players than the Roster Limit under special circumstances; however, every player must get a minimum of 1/2 game.
Note 6:
(N) = neutral. For U-11 and higher, certification levels (Intermediate, Advanced, etc.) are desired, but by no means manditory. Any referee certified at the Regional level or higher may do matches at any division that they are comfortable with, including U-14 and U-19.