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Under-10 Guidelines

The Field:

The field size for U-10 games is 80 yards long, 40 yards wide (max).

The Markings:

Distinctive lines recommended.

Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal lines.
Center circle with an eight-yard radius in the center of the field.
Corner arcs with a one-yard radius at each corner of the field.
Goal area in front of each goal measuring 6 x 15 yards.
Penalty area in front of each goal measuring 14 x 30 yards.
Penalty mark ten yards from the goal line.
Penalty arc extending in a eight-yard radius from the penalty mark.

The Goals:

Maximum seven feet high and seven yards wide.

The Ball:

A size 4 ball is used for U-10 games.

The Players:

There will be seven (7) players per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper. A maximum of ten (10) players on the roster.

Substitutions are approximately halfway through each half (at a natural stoppage in play), at halftime and for injuries. There will be a minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three. The players will be separated by girls and boys teams at all levels of play.

Player Equipment:

Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. Football (with a cleat at the front tip of the sole) and baseball cleats are not allowed. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected by the referee for safety before use.

Duration of Game:

Two (2) 25-minute halves with a substitution break of 1-2 minutes halfway through each half (at a normal stop in play). Halftime break of 5-10 minutes.

The Start of Play:

The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field. Coaches determine which team starts the game with a coin flip and the opposing team starts the second half. Opponents must be eight yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Fouls & Misconduct:

Opponents must be eight yards from the ball on restart kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs.


An AYSO certified Basic Referee or higher is required for U-10 and older games. The referee should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.