U8 Small-Sided Playing Recommendations
Law 1 – The Field of Play:
Dimensions: The field of play must be rectangular. The length of the touchline must be
greater than the length of the goal line.
Length: minimum 25 yards maximum 35 yards
Width: minimum 20 yards maximum 30 yards
Field Markings: Distinctive lines not more than (5) inches wide. The field of play is
divided into two halves by a halfway line. The center mark is indicated at the midpoint
of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of four (4) yards is marked around it.
The Goal Area: A goal area is defined at each end of the field as follows: One singular line forming an arc around the goal.
The Penalty Area: none.
The Corner Arc: Conform to FIFA.
Goals: Goals must be placed on the center of each goal line.
Law 2 – The Ball: Size three (3).
Law 3 – The Number of Players: A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than five (5) players. There are NO goalkeepers.
Substitutions: Substitutions may occur at any stoppage of play throughout the game.
Playing Time: Each player should play a minimum of 75% of the total playing time.
Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment: Conform to FIFA. Non-uniform clothing is allowed
based on weather conditions, but uniforms must still distinguish teams.
Law 5 – The Referee: An OFFICIAL (Game Manager or Coordinator or Parent or Coach
or Grade 9 referee) may be used. All infringements shall be briefly explained to the
Law 6 – The Assistant Referees: None.
Law 7 – The Duration of the Match: The match shall be divided into four (4) equal,
twelve (12) minute quarters. There shall be a half-time interval of five (5) minutes.
Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play: Conform to FIFA, with the exception of the
opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least four (4) yards from the ball until it
is in play.
Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play: Conform to FIFA.
Law 10 – The Method of Scoring: Conform to FIFA.
Law 11 – Offside: None.
Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA with the exception that all fouls shall
result in a direct free kick. The referee/coach/parent must explain ALL infringements to
the offending player. No cards shown for misconduct.
Law 13 – Free Kicks: Conform to FIFA with the exceptions that all kicks are direct and
all opponents are at least four (4) yards from the ball until it is in play.
Law 14 – The Penalty Kick: None.
Law 15 – The Goal Kick: The goal kick should be taken anywhere within the
goal area. Opposing players must be outside the goal area AND at least four (4)
yards away from the ball until it is in play. It is suggested that if necessary that
opponents are in their own half of the field until the ball is in play.
Law 16 – The Corner Kick: Conform to FIFA with the exception that opponents remain at least four (4) yards from the ball until it is in play.
Law 17 - If a player from either team is in the arc or touches the ball while it is in the arc during play, the ball is dead. If the offensive player is the one who made contact with the ball, the result is a goal kick for the defense. If the defensive player makes contact with the ball, the result is a corner kick for the offense.
Law 18 - There is NO slide-tackling.
Score and standings will not be maintained for the U8 Division.