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Laws of the Game

From US Youth Soccer's Policy on Players and Playing Rules

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Below is a reference to Rule 303: Length of Games, Overtime Periods and Ball Specifications

Section 1. (a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games, overtime periods and ball size for each age group is as follows:

Age Group
Game Length
Overtime Periods
Size
Number of Players
19U
Two 45' halves
Two 15' halves
#5
 
18U
Two 45' halves
Two 15' halves
#5
 
17U
Two 45' halves
Two 15' halves
#5
 
16U
Two 40' halves
Two 15' halves
#5
 
15U
Two 40' halves
Two 15' halves
#5
 
14U
Two 35' halves
Two 10' halves
#5
 
13U
Two 35' halves
Two 10' halves
#5
 
12U
Two 30' halves
Two 10' halves
#4
No more than 11,
8 strongly recommended
11U
Two 30' halves
Two 10' halves
#4
No more than 11,
8 strongly recommended
10U
Two 25' halves
NONE
#4
No more than 7,
6 strongly recommended
8U
4 -10' quarters
NONE
#3
No more than 5,
4 strongly recommended; No GK
6U
4 – 10' quarters
NONE
#3
No more than 4, 3 strongly recommended; No GK

(b) In tournament play, if the game is still tied after overtime periods, FIFA "Kicks from the Penalty Mark" rules apply to determine the winner.

Section 2. (a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games andball size for each age group shall be as follows:

Age Group
Game Length
Size
10U
As Modified Rules specify
#4
8U
As Modified Rules specify
#3
6U
As Modified Rules specify
#3

(b) For the 10U, 8U, and 6U competitions, ties will stand.

Recommended Goal and Field Sizes

Age Group
Goal Size (in feet)
Field Width 
Min. | Max. (in yards)
Field Length
Min. | Max. (in yards)
19U
8’ x 24’
50 | 100
100 | 130
16U
8’ x 24’
50 | 100
100 | 130
14U
8’ x 24’
50 | 100
100 | 130
12U
6’ x 18’ or 7' x 21'
45 | 55
70 | 80
10U
6’ x 18’ or 6' x 12'
35 | 45
55 | 65
8U
4’ x 6’ (or smaller)
15 | 25
25 | 35
6U
4’ x 6’ (or smaller)
15 | 25
25 | 35
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