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Rules for Under 9 matches
2014 / 2015 season, v2
Qualifying age range for under 9's is: a player shall be 7 as at midnight on 31/8/14, and under the age of 9 as at midnight on 31/8/14 (mixed football is allowed)
1 Team size should be a maximum of 7 v 7 minimum 4 v 4, Maximum squad size of 14 per Team The playing area should be 60 yds X 40 yds (54.9m x 36.6m). A match may not start if one Team has fewer than 5 players.
2 The Penalty area extends 10 yds from the goal line and 18 yards across the width of the playing area. The penalty spot should be 8yds from the goal line. The penalty area should either be line marked or coned.
3 The goal size should be 12ft X 6ft (3.6m x 1.8m). The Coca-Cola and Samba goals are suitable. Please note in view of a number of accidents that have occurred it is necessary to ensure that portable goals are either pinned or weighted to prevent them toppling forward
4 The ball shall be a size 3 for under 9, and size 4 for under 10.
5 Any number of substitutes, without being named may be used at any time with the permission of the Referee. A player who has been replaced may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player All Team players should receive equal playing time where possible, with a best practice recommendation of at least 50% per player for each game..
6 Players are required to wear shin-guards at all times goalkeepers shall wear a distinguishing playing top.
7 A Referee should be allocated to every match. It is his decision as to whether he requires Assistant Referees to run the line.
8 Duration of matches should be 15 minutes each way. No player shall play more than 60 minutes per day.
9 The kick off is taken in the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored. In mini soccer you cannot score directly from a kick off or a drop ball situation.
10 There is no off-side
11 All Free kicks are direct
12 Penalty kicks are taken 8yds (7.32m) from opposite the centre of the goal
13 Throw ins should be taken in the normal way. A foul throw should be given another chance after which it shall be awarded to the opponent.
14 The opposition should be at least 5 yds (4.5m) away when a corner or free kick is awarded.
15 Goalkeepers can handle the ball in the penalty area and there are no restrictions on the number of steps they may take when holding the ball. They may only return the ball into play by throwing it out of the penalty area. Please note no drop kicks allowed
16 Goal kicks or defensive free kicks within the penalty area may be kicked from the edge of the penalty area. Opposition players shall retreat to the half way line for goal kicks.
17 Back Pass The back pass law does apply. In the event that the goalkeeper picks the ball up from a pass by his own Team mate, a direct free kick shall be taken from the edge of the penalty area parallel with where the ball was picked up
18 Common sense should prevail at all times.
Except where otherwise provided above, the Laws of Association football shall apply.
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