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U8 Rules & Regulations

TRSC Recreational Youth Soccer
4v4 U8 Program Official Rules and Policies

FIFA/USYS/OSA Laws and Policies


All rules herein are for TRSC Closed League matches and supersede FIFA, USYS and OSA rules for recreational soccer. Items not specifically addressed herein shall conform first to OSA rules then USYS and then FIFA. For play outside of TRSC Closed League OSA rules shall apply.

Law I - Field of Play

A. Field dimensions: The field of play shall be rectangular. Its length being no more than thirty (35) yards or less than twenty (25) yards and its width not more than twenty (25) yards nor less than fifteen (15) yards. The length in all cases shall exceed the width. TRSC U8 fields are approximately 30x20.

B. Field Markings

1. Distinctive lines not more than five (5) inches wide.

2. A halfway line shall be marked out across the field.

3. A center circle with a three (3) yard radius.

4. Four corner arcs with a radius of one (1) yard.

5. Goal area: Three (3) yards from each goal post and three (3) yards into the field of play joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line.

6. Penalty area: none

C. Goals: The size of hockey goals or approximately 4’x 6’.

Law II – Ball Size three (3)

Law III – Number of Players

A. Maximum number of players on the field per team at any one time is four (4). There are no goalkeepers. The minimum number of players to start the match is three (3).

B. Maximum number of players on the roster should not exceed eight (8).

C. Substitutions: Substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee, at any stoppage in play.

D. Playing time: Each Player shall play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time.

E. Teams and games may be coed.

Law IV – Player’s Equipment

A. Footwear: Soft-cleated soccer shoes.

B. Shin guards: MANDATORY

Law V – Referees

A. Recreational Referee or higher (Registered 09 recommended) is desired but not mandatory, games may be played with Parent / Coach officiating the game if there is a shortage of referees so that the match can start on time.

B. All law infractions shall be briefly explained to the offending players.

Law VI – Assistant Referees Not required

Law VII – Duration of Game

A. The game shall be divided into four (4) periods of ten (12) minutes each with a five (5) minute break between each period.

B. Clock runs during the game, stopping only for the end of each 10 minute period.

Law VIII – Start of Play Conforms to FIFA Laws of the Game, with the following exceptions:

A. Opponents must be three (3) yards from the center mark while kick-offs are in progress (outside the center circle).

B. A goal may not be scored directly from the kick-off.

Law IX –Ball In and Out of Play Conforms to FIFA Laws of the Game

Law X – Method of Scoring Conforms to FIFA Laws of the Game

Law XI - Offside There shall be no offside.

Law XII – Fouls and Misconduct Conforms to FIFA Laws of the Game with the following exceptions:

A. All fouls and misconduct will result in an indirect kick with the opponent five (5) yards away.

B. All infractions must be explained to the offending player.

Law XIII – Free Kicks Conforms to FIFA Laws of the Game with the following exceptions:

A. All free kicks shall be indirect.

B. A goal may not be scored until the ball has been played or touched by a second player of either team.

C. No kicks are to be taken by the attacking team within the defending team’s goal area.

D. Opponents must be five (5) yards away before kick is allowed.

Law XIV – Penalty Kicks No penalty kicks shall be taken during these games.

Law XV – Throw In

A. The player selected to throw must keep both feet on the ground while the ball is being thrown. Further, a portion of both feet must be on or behind the line as the ball is being thrown. If there is a foul throw-in, the referee must explain the proper method to the player and call a re-throw. If the second attempt also results in an infraction, the opposing team shall be awarded the throw-in at the same spot on the field.

Law XVI – Goal Kick Conforms to FIFA Laws of the Game with the following exceptions:

A. Goal kick is taken anywhere within the goal area.

B. Opponents must drop to the build out line also known as the Halfway Line which promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. When the defender is taking a goal kick the opposing team must move behind the halfway line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the defender can kick / pass the ball to put it into play.  After the ball is put into play by the defender the opposing team can cross the half line and play resumes as normal. 

Ideally, the defender will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line. However; the defender can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accepting the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.

C. A goal may not be scored directly from a goal kick.

Law XVII – Corner Kick Conforms to FIFA Laws of the Game with the following exceptions:

A.    Opponents must be five (5) yards away from the ball.

B.    When the defending team kicks the ball out of bounds over their own goal line, the attacking team gets to take a corner kick from – you guessed it! – the corner of the field. Bonus: While rare, players who can bend the ball’s path can actually score a goal from a corner kick.


Additional TRSC U8 Rules

Roster Size: Teams are to be formed with a maximum of 8 players; the recommended roster size is 6 players. 

Uniforms: Team uniforms shall consist of like colored jerseys, shorts and socks. Each player shall have a number on the players jersey. The number shall be affixed to the back of the jersey and shall be clearly visible. Each player on a team must wear a number different from the number of every other player on their team. The official team roster shall include the number of each player’s jersey. No player names on jerseys.

The home team will wear lightest colored jersey. The away team will wear the dark jersey. Unless agreed upon by both coaches, the team not wearing the correct uniform will be required to change.

Pennies or targets may be worn over jerseys in the event of a color conflict; subject to the approval of the Referee. 

Non-uniform clothing is allowed based on weather conditions, but uniforms must still distinguish teams. Undershirts exposed from beneath jerseys should be the same or similar color of the jersey.

Any sponsor’s names, logos or other wording/graphics must be approved in advance by the TRSC Board.

Socks must cover shin guards and color must be consistent for the team. Any tape applied must be consistent with the sock color.

Practices: Three team activities per week including games, practices, scrimmages, classroom training, etc. No single activity shall exceed 90 minutes in duration with the exception for a fifteen (15) minute allowance for warm up prior to the start of physical activity. Weeks are considered Saturday through the following Friday. Non-soccer related activities such as team parties, team fundraisers, volunteering, etc. are not considered team activities/practices in respect to this rule.

Team/Spectator Seating: The Home team (as listed on the schedule) and their spectators shall be seated on the East or North side of the field. The Away team (as listed on the schedule) and their spectators shall be seated on the West or South side of the field. Each team and their respective spectators shall remain on their designated side of the field throughout the match.

There shall be no climbing of trees, fences, goals, nets or other structures not specifically designed for such by any person. There shall be no coaches or spectators behind the goal lines.

Sideline Behavior: Coaches and spectators should keep all comments positive and supportive of the players. Spectators should refrain from providing playing instructions to the players which should only be done by the coaching staff. No referee abuse will be tolerated. Coaches may be cautioned or sent off by the referee for behavior in violation of the TRSC Code of Conduct by the team’s staff, players or their respective spectator sidelines.

Grounds Clean-Up: Each team shall clean up their respective areas before leaving.

Match Officials: All matches are to be officiated by a center referee.

Coaching: All persons coaching TRSC players must be registered with the club and have an approved background check. Only registered/approved coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and managers may coach games or participate with players during team activities practice. Coaches are only permitted on the field with the referee’s permission at a stoppage of play.

Medical Devices: All medical devices (casts, supports, braces, etc) are subject to the approval of the referee with respect to player safety. Players with medical devices should have them padded in advance of the game and check in with the referee or at the HQ building prior to the match for approval.

No Sweeper-Keepers: Coaches are strongly encouraged to have defensive players remain in the same 2/3 of the field as the ball. All players need to be encouraged to be involved in active play and not simply positioned in front of the goal to prevent scoring. Referees may remind coaches of this policy, but no penalty or sanction shall be enforced by the referee. Coaches who willfully do not follow the policy will be subject to disciplinary review

Slide Tackles: Slide tackles shall not be permitted. Any player engaging in slide tackles should be counseled to not repeat. Repeated infractions may result in the player be cautioned and/or red carded.

Heading: All Players age 10 years of age and under shall not head the ball directly from the air in any match or competition, nor shall these players practice heading the ball in any organized team setting. If a player age 10 or younger deliberately heads the ball in a match, the referee shall award an indirect free kick to the opposing team at the spot of the infraction. If the heading occurs within the penalty area, the referee shall move the ball outside the penalty area and award an indirect free kick to the opposing team.

Two-touch. A player cannot take a corner kick, for example, and then kick the ball again before another player touches the ball. Same goes for a throw in – a player can’t throw the ball and then follow it up with a kick. There’s no “I” in “team,” after all. 

Foul. No one wants to watch their kid get a grass stain on their face after a stumble. But soccer is a contact sport. General shoulder to shoulder contact is certainly within the rules. If it turns into pushing, intentional tripping or holding, refs will call a foul. A foul results in an indirect kick. 

Handball. Deliberate contact from the ball to anywhere from the tip of a player’s finger to the shoulder, is s a handball resulting in a free kick. The call is determined by whether or not the touch was intentional or unintentional — and it’s often hard to tell from the sidelines. 

Mercy Rule: There will be a 10 goal mercy rule if the losing coach requests it. The Mercy Rule cannot be applied until the first half has ended. The losing coach must notify the referee at halftime if invoking mercy rule.

Post-Game Sportsmanship: All players and coaches should congratulate each other for a game well played with handshakes/high fives along the halfway line. Parents are encouraged to form tunnels and cheer for players as they return to the sidelines.

Scores/Standings: All scores are to be recorded on the game form by the referee and verified by each coach at the conclusion of the match (if a result or score is to be protested the coach should note such on the game forms and must file a protest in writing to TRSC within 72 hours). The referee will give the completed forms to the winning team or home team, in case of a tie, at the conclusion of the match.

After each game, the coach in possession of the Game Forms is to phone in the score to GotSoccer using the phone #, Event ID and Pin # at the top of the game form. Coaches must maintain the game forms, in their possession, until 30 days after the season is over. Coaches must provide, to TRSC, any game form requested. Scores/standings are not published but are used to assist in seeding teams for the following season.

Playing Time/Substitutions/Rotations: All recreational players are required to play at least 50% of each game for which they are present and physically able to play. Games/coaches will be periodically reviewed for compliance by the club. Coaches found to not be in compliance with this rule are subject to disciplinary review. Organized rotations are very important and coaches should maintain documentation of rotations for each game. Below are recommended rotations for various roster sizes.

Referee: Players play, coaches coach, referees officiate, and fans support.  We hold our referees in high regard and referee abuse will not be tolerated. Without respect for our officials, the game lacks the integrity to instill the life skills of empathy, compassion and other defining characteristics that can help our athletes become more successful. Many of our U8 referees are beginning refs eager to gain experience in a safe environment.  Coaches have the opportunity to speak with the referee after the game to promote learning for both the players, coaches, referees and spectators. 





Referees are human, sometimes even school children.

Everyone is learning a deserves an opportunity to enjoy the game.

Safety is priority and sometimes a referee may not see what you see.

Positivity is contagious. Please know referees are doing their best to be

    honest, fair and impartial.

Encouraging respect will allow everyone to enjoy the game.

Coaches, please ask players and spectators to respect the decisions of

    the referee as we cheer one another on.

Treat all with RESECT


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