No Header Rule for U10 and Younger

Sporting Kaw Valley, in accordance with Kansas Youth Soccer and US soccer will be implementing the following rule change for the Spring 2016 season.... 

In accordance with the recommendations in US Soccer's Recognize to Recover campaign, Kansas Youth Soccer Association has elected to fully enforce the banning of heading the ball for players that are U10 and below for all Kansas Youth Soccer activities including, but not limited to, all league play, practices and tournaments in accordance with U.S. Soccer's Player Safety Campaign and modified rule.  The information contained in the initiative is intended to give U.S. Soccer Organization Members, as well as players, parents, team/club staff and coaches and referees, guidance and direction when dealing with head injuries and potential head injuries during soccer participation.  In addition to the safety initiatives, the following modified rule was published by U.S. Soccer on February 12, 2016: When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.  If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.   

For more information, please refer to U.S. Soccer's frequently asked questions, which should help clarify questions regarding the new initiatives by CLICKING HERE The referee community will be informed directly of the heading ban for the U10 and below age groups.

 
U6 Recreation Rules

U6 Age Group

  • Field Size: 30x20 yards
  • Ball Size: Size 3
  • Players on the field: The U6 age group plays 3x3 without a goal keeper.
  • Playtime: 4 quarters of 8 minutes play, 2 minutes rest in between quarters and 5 minute halftime. 
  • Throw-ins: Allow players unlimited throw-ins to get it right.
  • Corner kicks: NONE. Use corner throw-ins.
  • Substitutions: allowed at any stoppage of play (ball out of bounds, foul, kick-off), time keeps running.
  • Playing time: All players should play an equal amount of time. 
  • Goal kicks: taken at nearest 3 yard spot from goal line into the field of play.
  • Offsides: not called.
  • Referee: One official referee will be assigned to the game. If no referee is available, the two coaches may act as referees, provided they call the game fairly and correctly. 
  • Slide tackling: sliding with one or both feet over the ground to get possession of the ball is not allowed. Restart: indirect free kick.
  • Fouls: pushing, pulling, tripping, kicking opponent, handling the ball, and dangerous play (high kick with opponent nearby). All fouls result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team. A goal can only be scored from an indirect free kick if the ball is touched by another player (team mate or opponent) than the kicker before it enters the goal.
  • No headers. If a player takes a header it will result in an immediate foul with possession given to the other team.
  • Coaches on the field: coaches may be on the playing field to assist in giving directions to their players.
 
U7 Recreation Rules

U7 Age Group

  • Field Size: 30x20 yards
  • Players on the field: The U7 age group plays 4x4 without a goal keeper.
  • Playtime: 4, 10 minute play periods, 2 minutes rest in between quarters and 5 minute halftime.  
  • Ball Size: Size 3
  • Throw-in:  Allow a player a 2nd or 3rd throw-in to get it right.
  • Corner kicks: Kicks taken from spot within 1 yard from corner.
  • Substitutions: allowed at any stoppage of play (ball out of bounds, foul, kick-off), time keeps running.
  • Playing time: All players shall play an equal amount of time.
  • Goal kicks: taken anywhere within 6 yards area of goal line.
  • Offsides: not called.
  • REFEREE: One official referee will be assigned to the game.
  • Slide tackling: sliding with one or both feet over the ground to get possession of the ball is not allowed. Restart: indirect free kick for opposing team.
  • Fouls: pushing, pulling, tripping, kicking opponent, handling the ball, and dangerous play (high kick with opponent nearby). All fouls result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team. A goal can only be scored from an indirect free kick if the ball is touched by another player (team mate or opponent) before it enters the goal.
  • No Headers. If a player takes a header it will be an immediate foul and the opposing team will take possession of the ball.

If a team is combined with U7 and U8 players, the team will play by U8 rules.

 
U8 Recreation Rules

U8 Age Group

  • Field Size: 30x20
  • Players on the field: The U8 age group plays 5x5 (1 goal keeper and 4 players).
  • Keepers need to be dressed in different colors than field players.
  • Playtime: 4, 10 minute play periods, 5 minutes rest in between periods
  • Ball Size: Size 3
  • Throw-in: Allow a player a 2nd throw-in to get it right.
  • Substitutions: allowed at any stoppage of play (ball out of bounds, foul, kick-off), time keeps running.
  • Playing time: All players shall play an equal amount of time.
  • Corner kicks: Kicks taken from spot within 1 yard from corner.
  • Goal kicks: taken anywhere within 6 yards area.
  • Offside: not called.
  • REFEREE: One official referee will be assigned to the game.
  • Slide tackling: sliding with one or both feet over the ground to get possession of the ball is not allowed. Restart: indirect free kick to opponent.
  • Fouls: pushing, pulling, tripping, kicking opponent, handling the ball, and dangerous play (high kick with opponent nearby). All fouls result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team. A goal can only be scored from an indirect free kick if the ball is touched by another player (team mate or opponent) than the kicker before it enters the goal.
  • No Headers. If a player takes a header it will be an immediate foul and the opposing team will take possession of the ball.

If a team is combined with U7 and U8 players, the team will play by U8 rules.

 
U10 Recreation Rules

U10 Age Group

  • Field Size: 47x30 yards
  • Ball Size: Size 4
  • Players on the field: The U10 age group plays 7v7 (1 goal keeper and 6 players).
  • The goalkeeper must be dressed differently from its teammates.
  • A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than six players.
  • Substitutions allowed at any stoppage of play (ball out of bounds, foul, kick-off), time keeps running.
  • Playing time: All players shall play an equal amount of time.
  • Offside: Will be called.
  • REFEREE: Two officials referee will be assigned to the game
  • Free Kicks: all opponents are at least eight (8) yards from the ball.
  • (2) equal halves of twenty-five (25) minutes each- half-time interval of five (5) minutes
  • The Penalty Kick: penalty mark is made eight (8) yards from the midpoint between the goalposts.
  • Slide tackling: sliding with one or both feet over the ground to get possession of the ball is not allowed. Restart: indirect free kick to opponent.
  • Fouls: pushing, pulling, tripping, kicking opponent, handling the ball, and dangerous play (high kick with opponent nearby). All fouls result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team. A goal can only be scored from an indirect free kick if the ball is touched by another player (team mate or opponent) than the kicker before it enters the goal.
  • No Headers. If a player takes a header it will be an immediate foul and the opposing team will take possession of the ball.