10U Build Out Rules

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:

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.