The field size for U-8 games is 50 yards long, 25 yards wide (max).
Distinctive lines recommended.
Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal
lines. Center circle with an six-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 12 yards.
Maximum six feet high and six yards wide.
A size 3 ball is used for U-8 games.
There will be Five per team on field; no goalkeepers. Seven maximum on roster.
are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. The players will be
separated by girls and boys teams at all levels of play. Playing time is
a minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four
periods until everyone has played three. Separate girls and boys teams
should be promoted at all levels of play.
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. The type and condition of cleated shoes
must be inspected for safety before use.
Duration of Game:
Four 10-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.
A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to start the game
and the other team kicks off to start the second half. Opponents must be
six yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.
Method of Scoring:
See U-8 Coaching Manual.
Fouls & Misconduct
The referee will assess direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the ball.
free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the
ball. Free kicks are awarded the attacking team inside the defending
team's goal area should be taken from the nearest point on the goal area
line in front of the goal. There are no penalty kicks. Referees will
work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions
and send-offs. Do not show yellow or red cards
AYSO certified U-8 Officials or higher are required for U-8 games. The
U-8 Official 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:
If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant
Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an
opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience.