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Jul, 2022

FUELED Youth Soccer Rules & Regulations

The FUELED Youth Soccer program should encourage teamwork, sportsmanship and fairness while striving to build the self-esteem and physical ability of each child through equal participation and positive reinforcement.

PLAYING RULE : The rules unique to FUELED Youth Soccer are designed to recognize that “Everyone Plays, Everyone Wins” by promoting character, self-esteem and safety of all players.

A. Before each game all players, coaches and officials will meet at midfield to say a prayer. All players and coaches are encouraged to pray.

B. The player’s equipment: A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player, including any kind of jewelry. Basic compulsory equipment of a player is: a jersey, shorts, stocking, footwear and shin guards (required) that are made of a suitable material and provide a reasonable degree of protection. Each goalkeeper wears colors that distinguish him/her from
other players and the referee.

C. In FUELED spirit, it is encouraged that all players play equal amounts and no one player play the entire game. Games will be played with the following player numbers:

a. u6 Division: play 5-on-5 (no goalie – one coach is allowed on the field)
b. u8 Division: play 8-on-8 (including a goalkeeper)
c. u10 Division: play 9-on-9 (including a goalkeeper)
d. u12 Division: play 11-on-11 (including a goalkeeper)
e. u14 Division and up play 11-on-11 (including goalkeeper)

**Games will start as long as each team has a minimum of 5 players present. As players arrive, the referee will allow them to enter the game during dead ball situations. In the FUELED spirit, it is encouraged that teams play with equal number of players.

D. Duration of the match/Ball Size:

U6 division (4)  min qtrs = size 3
U8 division (4) 8 min qtrs. = size 4
U10 division (2) 20 min halves (water break at 10 min mark for each half) = size 4
U12 division (2) 30 min halves (water break at 15 min mark for each half) = size 4
U14 division and up (2) 30 min halves (water break at 17 min mark for each half = size 5

D. Regular season games will end in a tie.

(In the case of a tournament) games will enter a Shootout as followed:

Coin toss to decide who kicks first. Each team picks 5 players to conduct penalty kicks in shootout

1. If the game is still tied after Shootout 1, teams pick 5 more players for Shootout

2. If one team has 11 players and the other has 9, then the team with 9 can select one player from shootout 1; the team with 11 players chooses 4 new players and can use anyone for 5th spot. Shootouts 1 & 2 are not sudden death; Shootout 3 and after are sudden death (the team kicking second has a chance to score if team shooting first scores in sudden death).

E. The throw-in: A method of restarting play. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in. A throw-in is awarded:
a. When the whole ball passes over the touch line (either on the ground or in the air)
b. From the point where it crossed the touch line to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball

F. Substitutions: Substitutions will be allowed at the following times:
a. Prior to the throw-in (your possession), or prior to a goal kick by either team
b. After a goal is scored
c. During halftime or between quarters
d. At the end of stoppage for injury with the permission of the referee

G. Direct/Indirect Kicks: Opponents must be 8 yards from the ball on all direct and indirect kicks

H. Fouls and Misconduct:
a. A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offenses in a manner considered careless, reckless or using excessive force by the referee:
i. Kicks or trips another opponent
ii. Pushes, holds, strikes or attempts to strike another opponent
iii. Handles the ball deliberately
iv. Tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball
b. An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player, in the opinion of the referee:
i. Plays in a dangerous manner
ii. Impedes the progress of an opponent
iii. Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his/her hands
iv. Kicks the ball to their own goal keeper and the goal keeper handles the pass with their hands
c. An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team is a goalkeeper, inside his/her own penalty area, commits any of the following offenses:
i. Takes more than six seconds to release the ball from his/her possession after controlling the ball
ii. Touches the ball with his/her hands after he/she has received it directly from a teammate
iii. Touches the ball with his/her hands after he/she has received is directly from a throw-in by a teammate
d. Offsides will only be enforced in the U12+ Divisions. However, coaches in other divisions are asked not to abuse this rule.

I. Player Safety: No parents, spectators or coaches are allowed behind the goals during any game. Only league officials are permitted in this area. Coaches please help with this rule!

J. All other rules, violations and fouls will be officiated under current FIFA rules and regulations. SPORTSMANSHIP All coaches, parents, siblings, etc. share in the responsibility for the success of our league and for maintaining our reputation as a home of good sportsmanship and character.

Hand Ball Rules for FUELED

"A direct free kick is awarded [to the opposing team] if a player... handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)." 

“Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with the hand or arm. The following must be considered:

* the movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)
* the distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)
* the position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement
* touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shinguard, etc.) is an infringement
* hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shinguard, etc.) is an infringement”

There are two significant points concerning application of the handling rule during the normal run of play. The first has to do with the parts of the body which contact the ball and the second has to do with the judgment of the Referee.

The parts of the body subject to the handling rule are both the hands and the arms, extending from the tips of the fingers to the articulation of the shoulder. The fact that the ball may contact the hands or the arms during the course of the game is not sufficient, in and of itself, for a penalty to be called. In order for a violation to have occurred, the Referee (or Assistant Referee) must have seen the contact and must have judged that the contact was intentional (deliberate).

In order to determine that the contact with the ball was intentional, the Referee uses two general criteria:

1. If the player moved his hand or arm to the ball; or,
2. If the player had sufficient reaction time to move his hand or arm out of the way of the flight of the ball and failed to do so.

If, in the opinion of the Referee, either of these two acts occurred, “handling” should be called. If the contact was determined to have been unintentional, then play is allowed to continue, no matter how or where the ball was contacted and no matter what happens next to the path of the ball.

Difficulty with the application of the handling rule mostly occurs at the youth level where few hand balls are truly intentional.  However, players must learn to keep their hands and arms out of situations where they could inappropriately influence play. In order to do so, coaches must teach young field players to keep their hands near their sides when the ball is bouncing around and to overcome the desire brought on by American sports such as football, basketball and baseball, to try to catch the ball. In addition, coaches must teach young players to overcome the natural tendency to protect the body from a fast moving ball, particularly the face, by blocking it with their hands. Instead, they may first duck or turn the body, but as they get older they must learn to aggressively strike, deflect, or absorb the pace of, the ball.

“Good coaches teach respect for the opposition, love of competition, the value of trying your best and how to win and lose graciously.” - Brooks Clark


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