Laws of the Game
Wyoming Soccer Association/Casper Soccer Club
Modifications of the Game for 1st & 2nd Grade (U8)
Small Sided format 4v4
Law 1 – Field of play is rectangular. The dimensions are smaller to accommodate the 4v4 game and appropriate for the movement capabilities of children 8 and younger.
- Field markings – Distinctive outline of the field with a halfway line across the field. The center circle gives the players a concert marking on where to be for kick-off.
- Touch Line - Players, Coaches, parents and spectators need to stay at least 3 yards from the touch line. Teams will have a technical area and the coaches will coach from the technical area. Parents are not allowed in the technical area.
- Goals 4' X 6'
Law 2 – The Ball - Size 3.
Law 3 – Number of Players on the field – 4 per team– no goal keeper. This number of players provides the opportunity for the children to further develop their physical and technical abilities and requires the players to make more decisions and experience repeating game situations more frequently.
Substitutions: At any stoppage of play and unlimited. When subbing a player, have them stand off the field about 1 yard at the center line for the referee to call them into the game.
Playing time: Every effort shall be made for each player to play at least half of the game.
Law 4 – Player Equipment –
- team jersey and shorts.
- Shin-guards are MANDATORY, socks covering the shin-guards.
- Footwear – Tennis shoes or Soccer cleats – cleats are recommended.
Law 5 and 6 – Referee – 1 Center referee when available or Game Manager.Assistant referees are not needed.
Law 7 - Duration of the game 2 – 20-minute halves with approximately a 5 minute half time.
Law 8 – Start of a Game – The distance of the opposing team must be the same as the radius of the center circle away from the ball until it is kicked. Ball may go in any direction.
Kick-offs, free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks are used to start or restart play.
Law 9 – Ball in and out of play – Must be over the line to be out of play.
Law 10 – Goal Scored – per FIFA- Scores are not recorded.
Law 11 – Off-Side - There are no off-side.
Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct – per FIFA - Maintain safe playing conditions. Fouls may include slide tackling or kicking while on the ground. These may be determined as dangerous play by the referee.
No heading the ball. Intentional heading will result in an in-direct free kick (IDK) to the opposing team.
Law 13 – Free Kicks – all free kicks are indirect. A goal cannot be scored until the ball has been played or touched by a second player of either team.
Law 14 – Penalty Kicks – any player from the team awarded the penalty kick may take the kick. - per FIFA
Law 15 – Throw-Ins - per FIFA - Over the head, both feet on the ground. Referee may grant a “do over” with providing some guidance on the proper technique of a throw-in.
Law 16 – Goal Kick will be taken in the vicinity of the respective goal. During the goal kick. The opposing team must retreat and remain on their defending half until the goal kick has been played by any player other than the player taking the kick or until the ball has crossed the half line. Infractions of this rule will result in retaking the goal kick.
Law 17- Corner Kick will be taken in the vicinity of the respective corner.