Rules of the Game

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has 209 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football, also known as soccer.

The overall governing rules of the game are defined by FIFA. At every level of play, there tend to be modifications to these laws. At each level of play, the rules that are modified or amended are written in detail. Otherwise, they typically refer to the FIFA Laws of the Game.

TBSC is a member of Washington Youth Soccer (WYS) and interties with North County Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA). For age groups U8 and above, TBSC will use the NCYSA Rules of Competition linked below which reference both the WYS laws and the FIFA laws.

For the U6 and U7 age groups, TBSC will use the U8 rules defined in the NCYSA Rules of Competition with the exception of the Playing Times. U6 and U7 playing times will be 4 periods at 8 mins each.

 
Quick Highlights / Standards Chart
U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 & up
Max Field Size (yards) 25x35 25x35 25x35 50x70 50x70 55x80 55x80 75x115
Number of Players 4v4 4v4 4v4 7v7 7v7 9v9 9v9 11v11
Max Roster Size 8 8 8 12 12 14 14 18
Goalkeeper Used No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Playing Times (periods x mins)* 4 x 8 4 x 8 4 x 10 2 x 25 2 x 25 2 x 30 2 x 30 2 x 35*
Break Times (mins) 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Ball Size 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5
Goal Size (feet) 4 x 6 4 x 6 4 x 6 6 x 12 6 x 12 6.5 x 18.5 6.5 x 18.5 8 x 24
Offside Rule No No No Yes** Yes** Yes Yes Yes
Penalty Kicks / Direct Kicks No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keeper Punting Allowed No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Heading Allowed No No No No No No No Yes
Slide Tackling Allowed No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Referee Coaches Coaches Provided Provided Provided Provided Provided Provided
Build Out Lines Yes = Half Line Yes = Half Line Yes = Half Line Yes = 14 yards Yes = 14 yards No No No

*Playing Times for Older Age Groups:

  • U15 - U16 = 2 x 40 mins
  • U17 - U19 = 2 x 45 mins

**Offside Rule for U9-U10 is Applied at the Build Out Line