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Youth Rec Soccer for Northeast Seattle

Rules of Play

For the House League (U7-U9), we follow SYSA recommendations for youth soccer and make a number of important exemptions to regular FIFA Laws of the Game. Most important, we are playing small-sided soccer that is appropriate for the age of the player.


House League
Age GroupU7
U8U9
# of Players on Field (a)4 (no goalie)
5 (including goalie)
6 (including goalie)
Target # of Players on Roster8910
Min # of Players for a Game345
Ball Size334
Game duration
2 x 25 minute half         
2 x 25 minute half
2 x 30 minute half
Build Out Line (b)YesYesYes
Goalkeeper Punts & DropkicksNoNoNo
Goal Size (feet) - (c) 8 x 48 x46 x 12
Slide TacklingNoNoNo
Heading in practice - (d)NoNoNo
Heading in gamesNoNoNo
Offside Rule NoNoNo
Direct Free KicksNoNoNo
Free Kick Defender Distance (yds)555
Retake on Throw-In or Kick-OffYesYesYes

U10+ Citywide Rules

The rules for U10 and older teams are set by SYSA for citywide competition. They can be found here. Note that rules for the spring play are different than fall rules.

                                                                                                    
City League

U10                                                         
U11                          
U12U13 and Up
# of Players on Field        
                                                    
7                                 
9              
911
Max # of Players on Roster12      
14                                        
14                                                   
18
Min # of Players for a Game  
                                
5                                   
6                                   
6                                 
7                                  
Ball Size

4445
Game duration2 x 25 minute half
2 x 30 minute half
2 x 30 minutes half
2 x 35 (U13+U14)
2 x 40 (U15+U16)
2 x 45 (U17+)
Build Out Line

YesYesNoNo
Goalkeeper Punts & Dropkicks

NoNoYesYes
Goal Size (feet)

6x12 to 6.5x18.56.5x18 to 7x216.5x18 to 7x218x24
Slide Tackling

NoYesYesYes
Heading in practice

NoLimitedYesYes
Heading in games

NoNoYesYes
Offside Rule

YesYesYesYes
Direct Free Kicks

YesYesYesYes
Free Kick Defender Distance (yds)

5777
Retake on Throw-In or Kick-Off

NoNoNoNo

Contact Us

LVR Soccer Club

P.O. Box 15923 
Seattle, Washington 98115

Email: [email protected]

LVR Soccer Club

P.O. Box 15923 
Seattle, Washington 98115

Email: [email protected]
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