Guidelines for 8U (Spring League) and 10U

Duration of Game:
Four 11-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 minutes.

Goalkeeper Punts: NO Punting in 8U or 10U

Offside: YES
The offside law applies in 8U (Spring) and 10U.

Build-Out Line:

  • The build-out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. 
  • The build-out lone shall be placed across the field equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the halfway line.
  • The opposing team must move back behind the build-out line for a goal kick or when the goalkeeper has possession. At any time, the goalkeeper may pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate who is behind the build-out line.
  • The goalkeeper or the player taking the goal kick does not have to wait for the opposing players to move behind the build-out line. The play from the goalkeeper or from the goal kick must be played to a teammate behind the build-out line. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can cross the build-out line and play may resume as normal. The first touch is from the goal kick or the pass from the goalkeeper.
  • The build-out line shall be used as the line to determine offside. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build-out line.

Infractions will result in an indirect free kick to the opposing team (i.e. goalkeeper punting the ball will result in an indirect free kick to the opposing team)

No Heading:
Consistent with the US Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all divisions 8U, 10U and 12U in both practices and matches. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a match (taken where the player touched the ball with his/her head).

AYSO certified Regional Referees or higher are 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.

For 8U (Spring) and10U and older games, all fouls identified in Law 12 apply. Refer to the Laws of the Game for more information. 

Free Kicks:
Free kicks, may be either direct (may score directly), or indirect (must be touched or played by another player before a goal can be scored). Opponents must be at least eight yards from the ball or on the goal line between the goal posts during free kicks.

Penalty Kicks:
Penalty kicks may be awarded. A penalty kick results from a player committing one of the ten direct free kick fouls inside his/her own penalty area. The penalty kick is taken from the penalty mark with all other players outside the penalty area except the opposing teams goalkeeper.

Second chances are not given for improper throw-ins. An improper throw-in results in a throw-in for the opposing team.