Sturgis Soccer Association, Inc.
2017 Karen Mailloux Memorial Festival Official U8 & 10 Laws
Sturgis Soccer Association will use these modifications to the IFAB Laws of the Game.
IFAB Laws of the Game can be found at http://www.theifab.com/.
The Karen Mailloux Memorial Mother’s Day Festival is operated under festival play rules.
No match scores will be published by the host association and no championships will be awarded.
Law 1 – The Field of Play: Conform to US Youth Soccer’s Rules for Small Sided Games
Law 2 – The Ball:
U10: Size four (4)
U8: Size three (3)
Law 3 – The Number of Players:
U10: A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than seven players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than five players.
U8: A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than four players, with no goalkeeper. A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than three players.
Players are not allowed to remain in the goal box acting as a non-privileged goalkeeper while the ball is in play. The first infraction will result in a warning to the player, second a warning to the coach, and third and additional infractions will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team.
Substitutions: Substitutions may take at any time and are unlimited. All other substitution rules conform to FIFA.
Teams that are coed will play in the boys division.
Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment: Non-uniform clothing is allowed based on weather conditions, but
uniforms must still distinguish teams. In the event of conflicting uniform colors, the Home team will be required to switch to their secondary uniforms.
Law 5 – The Referee: All law infringements shall be briefly explained to the offending player.
Law 6 – The Assistant Referees:
U10: Two Assistant Referees will accompany the Center Referee for each match.
U8: No Assistant Referees will be utilized for U8 matches.
Law 7 – The Duration of the Match:
U10: The match will be divided into two (2) equal halves of twenty-five (25) minutes each. There shall be a half-time interval of ten (10) minutes.
U8: The match will be divided into four (4) equal quarters of ten (10) minutes each. There shall be quarterly breaks of five (5) minutes each.
Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play:
U10: The opponents of the team taking the kick-off must be at least eight (8) yards from the ball until it is in play.
U8: The opponents of the team taking the kick-off must be at least ten (10) feet from the ball until it is in play.
Law 9 – Goal Clearance
U10: Goalkeeper is not allowed to punt or drop-kick the ball when placing it back into play. The goalkeeper is allowed to throw-in or roll the ball or play the ball from the ground. If the goalkeeper punts the ball, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.
U8: No goalkeeper for U8. All players will be encouraged by the referee to be an active participant in the match, therefore not standing in their goal box acting as an unprivileged goalkeeper.
Law 10 – Build Out Line
U10: When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.
U8: From a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the midline until the ball is put into play. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can cross the midline and play resumes as normal.
Law 11 – The Ball In and Out of Play: Conform to FIFA.
Law 12 – The Method of Scoring: Conform to FIFA.
Law 13 – Offside:
U10: Conform to FIFA. Offside will only be called if it occurs between the Build Out Line and the Goal Line. No penalty will be assessed for an offside offense between the Halfway Line & the Build Out Line.
Law 14 – Fouls and Misconduct:
U10: Conform to FIFA.
U8: All penalties result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team.
Law 15 – Free Kicks:
U10: All opponents must be at least eight (8) yards from the ball.
U8: All opponents must be at least ten (10) feet from the ball.
Law 16 – The Penalty Kick: Conform to FIFA.
Law 17 – The Throw-In: Conform to FIFA. Throw-Ins will be used at U8 as they are at U10.
Law 18 – The Goal Kick:
U10: Players on both teams must remain behind the build-out line.
U8: Players on the opposing team will remain behind the midline until the ball has been put into play.
Law 19 – The Corner Kick:
U10: Opponents must remain at least eight (8) yards from the ball until it is in play.
U8: Opponents must remain at least ten (10) feet from the ball until it is in play.
Law 20 – Heading:
Purposely heading the ball will not be allowed at any of the U8 or U10 age groups. Infringement punishable by an indirect free kick for the opposing team from the spot that the ball was intentionally headed for U10, and a direct free kick for the opposing team from the spot that the ball was intentionally headed for U8.
Law 21 – Concussion Protocol:
Per US Soccer’s Concussion Initiative, if a player is suspected to have a head injury the referee is instructed to stop play to allow for treatment/evaluation as needed. It the player leaves the field of play for additional evaluation, a substitution can be made in that moment. The player with the suspected head injury may not return to the game unless a Health Care Professional (HCP) or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) has cleared the player. Any coach or parent insisting on returning the player to the game without approved clearance will result in the referee ending the game.
Law 22 – Tournament Scoring:
U8 & U10: All matches will be played by festival rules.
Law 23 – Inclement Weather:
The event of inclement weather may possibly lead to a suspension in play for the safety of the players. The decision to suspend play due to inclement weather will be that of the Referee Assignor and/or Tournament Director. All decision of weather related match suspension and match resumption will be published on the Sturgis Soccer Association Facebook page and website, https://sturgissoccer.com/.
If the suspension of play occurs during an on-going match, the score as of the suspension of play will be considered the final score and that match will not be resumed or rescheduled. If a match that has not begun is suspended due to weather the two opposing coaches will have the option to make up that scheduled match the following day at the same time of day as the original match was scheduled. If either of the coaches choose not to play a make-up match or if inclement weather also suspends play the next day the match will be considered null and void.