10U Guidelines

The Field:

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

The Markings:

Distinctive lines recommended.

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: 

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