U5-U10 Modified Club Rules

Recreational Play - Mercy Rule

Effective immediately, the following rules will be applied to all recreational games played in CVYSL recreational leagues. The mercy rule is as follows:

  1. When there is a 4-goal differential, the winning team may not score within the Penalty Box area and all the shots must be taken from the outside of Penalty Box.
  2. When there is a 5-goal differential, the winning team must pull out a player; preferably, their striker.
  3. When there is a 6-goal differential, the winning team must pull out the goalkeeper.
  4. After the 7th goal, the winning team must pull out another player.

Build-Out Line for U5-U10

Rules regarding the Built-Out Line

When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. This also applies to goal kicks being taken by the attacking team.

Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed).

After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the buildout line and play resumes as normal.

The opposing team must also move behind the buildout line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play.

Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line. However, the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accept the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.

If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line. Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line.

Opponents must not waste time moving out past the build out line. Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6 second rule and counting the time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.

Games are 2 x 25-minute halves with continuous clock and 10 minute break.  Coaches may not play 4 quarters as this will impact other schedules.


Deliberate heading is not allowed (U12 and younger)

  • Heading is prohibited in U12 and younger small-sided games.
  • All players age eleven (11) years old and younger, who are playing up in 13U and older games, are prohibited from heading, and must clearly be identifiable to the match official. (i.e. armband)
  • When a player, who is eleven (11) years old and younger, deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If a deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.
  • All players age eleven (11) years old and younger, who participate in a non-CYSA sanctioned event with their CYSA player pass, must adhere to the CYSA heading policy and are prohibited from heading. 

 

 

FIFA Laws of the Game

FIFA Laws of the Game

The Laws of the Game are authorized on an annual basis by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and provided by the Fédération Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA).

Laws of the Game 2022-23

 

 

 

League Rules & Handbooks

League Rules and Handbooks

The Laws of the Game are authorized on an annual basis by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and provided by the Fédération Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA).

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NorCal Premier Soccer League Handbook

The goal of the handbook is to provide assistance to clubs, coaches, and managers to ensure the NorCal Premier Soccer League (“NorCal”) operates smoothly and is a positive experience for all involved – players, coaches, managers, club officials, referees, and parents.

When competing in NorCal Programs, a club is responsible for overseeing their coaches, players, parents, and club personnel – administratively, on and around the field. Each club is responsible for ensuring all club members understand and meet the following requirements and follow NorCal Rules and Code of Ethics.

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Cal North Competitive Soccer League Rules

The rules of play for all competitions sanctioned by the Cal North Competitive Soccer League (CCSL) shall be the “Laws of the Game” as published by US Soccer with modifications made by Cal North and CCSL contained herein.

The rules contained herein shall govern members of CCSL in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are consistent with the By-Laws and Constitution of Cal North.

Each affiliated member club shall be responsible for the conduct of its players, team officials, parents and spectators.

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