U10 Guidelines:

Goals: 

  • Maximum seven feet high and seven yards wide.

Ball Size 4

Players

  • Number: Seven per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper.
  • Substitutions: Between periods, at halftime and for injuries.
  • Playing time: Desire is a minimum of three quarters of play per kid if numbers allow...minimum of two periods per game.  No player shall play four quarters until everyone has played three.
  • Teams: Separate girls and boys teams should be promoted at all levels of play.

Players’ Equipment

  • Footwear: Soccer shoes, tennis shoes or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.
  • Shin-guards: MANDATORY for both practices and games, and must be covered entirely by socks. 

Duration of Game

  • Four 12.5-minute periods.
  • Halftime break of 5–10 minutes.

Start of Play

  • The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field.
  • The 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.

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.

Referee

  • 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.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen:

  • If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. 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.