10U Guidelines

The Field:
The field size for 10-U games is 65L x 45W (max)

The Markings:
Distinctive lines recommended.

  • Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal lines.
  • Center circle with an eight-yard radius in the center of the field.
  • Corner arcs with a one-yard radius at each corner of the field.
  • Goal area in front of each goal measuring 6 x 15 yards.
  • Penalty area in front of each goal measuring 14 x 30 yards.
  • Penalty mark ten yards from the goal line.
  • Penalty arc extending in a eight-yard radius from the penalty mark.
  • Build-out Line shall be placed across the field equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the halfway line.

The Goals:
Maximum seven feet high and seven yards wide..

The Ball:
A size 4 ball is used for 10-U games.

The Players:
There will be seven per team on the field; one of which is a goalkeeper. Ten maximum on roster. Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. There will be a minimum of two periods per game. The players will be separated by girls and boys teams at all levels of play.

Player Equipment:
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended (Baseball and American Football cleats are not allowed). The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
A maximum of four 12.5-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 minutes.

The Start of Play:
The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field. Coaches determine which team starts the game with a coin flip and the opposing team starts the second half. Opponents must be eight yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Heading the Ball: 
Consistent with the US Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players 11U (12U and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and matches.

Goalkeeper Punts: 
The goalkeeper shall not punt nor drop kick the ball. An indirect kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the spot of the offense if a goalkeeper deliberately punts the ball during a match.

The Build-Out Line: 

  • The opposing team must move behind the build‐out line for a goal kick or when the goalkeeper has possession.
  • The goalkeeper or the player taking the goal kick or distributing the ball from the goal area, does not have to wait for the opposing players to move behind the build‐out line to put the ball into play. When the ball is put into play from the goalkeeper or from the goal kick, it may be played on either side of the build‐out line. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team may cross the build‐out line and play may resume as normal. Law 16 is not altered or modified. The ball is in play from a goal kick after the ball is kicked and leaves the penalty area.
  • 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.

Fouls & Misconduct
Opponents must be eight yards from the ball on restart kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs.

AYSO certified Regional Referees or higher are required for 10-U 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.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen:
Qualified assistant referees who have completed Referee Certification. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.

FIFA Laws Of The Game