RYSA RULES OF COMPETITION


In keeping with uniform standards governing Youth Soccer, RYSA has modified some of the official FIFA laws of the game for the FALL IN-TOWN development soccer program. The Fall in-town season is meant to be one where the players learn the game of soccer and have fun. Coaches are expected to be good sports and to instill good sportsmanship in their players. This document describes the modified RYSA Rules & Procedures.

LAW 1
LAW 1- The Field of Play

A proper field of play is rectangular and consists of an outer boundary, half line, as well as a goal, a penalty area, and a goal area at opposite ends of the field. Corner flags and clear markings are necessary to assist the players and referee during the conduct of the game. Field and Goal sizes vary with age group and space availability.

Spectators, substitutes, and coaches must stay at least 1 yard off the touchline at all times.
No one is permitted behind the goal during a game. Distractions jeopardize player safety!

Modified RYSA Youth Fields:

  • U6 Field size:
  • U8 Field size:
  • U10 Field size:
  • U12 Field size:
  • U14/15 Field size:

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LAW 2
LAW 2 - The Ball

The ball must be safe for players to use. Game balls will be provided by RYSA. The following ball sizes are used:

  • UNDER 6 - Size 3
  • UNDER 8 - Size 3
  • UNDER 10 - Size 4
  • UNDER 12 - Size 4
  • UNDER 14/15 - Size 5

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LAW 3
LAW 3 - Number of Players

  • Team Sizes
    Based on the number of registered players in each age group, RYSA will allocate the appropriate number of players to form balance teams. Competing teams in the U6 division plays 4v4 format, U8, U10, U12, and Girls U14/15 plays 6v6, and Boys U14/15 plays 5v5. Opposing teams must have the same number of players in the game. If a team has fewer players showing up for a game than their opponents, then the number of players will be reduced to match the lesser of the two.

    The minimum number of players in all age groups will be 4. A game will be considered valid if the minimum number of players per team can be fielded. With the exception of the U6 division, each team shall have a desigmated Goalkeeper.

  • Substitutions
    Substitutions are unlimited. Substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee, at the following times (except for the U6 division that can make substitutions anytime the ball is out of play - see
    Law 9).

    A) Prior to a throw-in and only by the team it is awarded to.
    B) Prior to a goal kick by either team.
    C) After an injury by either team.
    D) After a goal by either team.
    E) At half time.

    Any player may change places with the goal keeper, with the consent of the referee, provided that the change is made during a legal substitution as described above.

    When a referee decides that a child may no longer play due to injury and/or conduct, his decision is final.

    In general, coaches should make every effort to give equal playing time to players. However, it is up to the coaches discretion as to the amount of playing time a child gets. This may depend on a players commitment to practices, etc. No player should be benched for extended periods of time based on playing ability.
  • Injuries
    The referee must stop play for all injuries, regardless of an obvious advantage a team may have for scoring a goal. The advantage rule is not played in the RYSA league.

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LAW 4
LAW 4 - The Players' Equipment

The basic compulsory equipment of a player is:

  • A jersey or shirt
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Shinguards. Must be covered by socks.
  • Footwear. Soccer cleats recommended. No metal cleats allowed.

Players wearing equipment which is dangerous to other players, or to themselves, shall not be eligible to participate in any game. Equipment which shall be considered dangerous includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Any rigid or semi-rigid cast or splint, apparently designed to immobilize or protect a joint or limb, regardless of any padding of said cast or splint.
  2. Hair barrettes that are constructed with any metal or hard plastic parts shall be considered dangerous regardless of any coverings.
  3. Earrings of any kind.
  4. Jewelry os any sort (religeous medals or medical tags may be taped to the body).
  5. Hats or other headgear, unless worn by goalkeeper for the purpose of shielding the eyes from direct sunlight, and the brim of such hat is constructed of a soft pliable material. The brim of a common baseball cap is not considered to meet the requirement of soft and pliable material.

Goalkeepers must wear uniforms with colors different from all other players on the field, including the opposing goalkeeper.

In the case where both teams are wearing similar colors, the designated home team must change colors.

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LAW 5
LAW 5 - Referees

Click here to see RYSA Referee's General & Game Duties and responsibilities.

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LAW 6
LAW 6 - Assistant Referees

Assistant referees are not used in the RYSA In-town soccer games.

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LAW 7
LAW 7 - Duration of the Game

The duration of the game varies with age groups. If the game is tied at the end of regulation play, the game will end in a tie. The schedule generally does not permit injury time to be added on at the end of the game.

  • UNDER 6 - will play four 8 minute periods with a 5 minute break at the half.
  • UNDER 8 - will play two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute break between halves.
  • UNDER 10 - will play two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute break between halves.
  • UNDER 12 - will play two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute break between halves.
  • UNDER 14/15 - will play two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute break between halves

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LAW 8
LAW 8 - Start/Restart of Play

At the start of the game, the team that wins the coin toss has the option of choosing the side of the field they will defend. They DO NOT get to choose the ball. The team losing the coin toss gets the ball. After half-time, sides will change and the team that won the toss gets to kick-off.

At the beginning of each half or quarter (U6), and after a goal is scored, play will start with a kick-off.

A goal CANNOT be scored directly from a kick-off in the RYSA league.

A goal kick CANNOT cross the half line without first touching a player.

In a drop ball situation, the ball must hit the ground before it is in play. Otherwise, it is dropped again.

Mid-field (Half line) rules:
If a keeper drop kicks, punts, or throws the ball towards the opposing goal, the ball must come in contact with the ground or another player before it crosses the half way line. If it doesn't, an indirect free kick (see
LAW 13) is awarded to the opposing team at the point of the half line.

IRON LAW OF 2 TOUCH:
A player taking a kick off, corner kick, goal kick, throw-in, or free kick, CANNOT touch the ball second time unless it has been touched by another player. In all cases, except a goal kick that doesn't exit the penalty area, an Indirect free kick (IFK) will be awarded. A direct rebound from the goal post, cross bar, corner flags, and referee (consider part of the field), also CANNOT be touched a second time by the player.

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LAW 9
LAW 9 - The Ball In and Out of Play

The ball is out of play when:

  1. The ball has crossed the touchline or goal line in its entirety, whether on the ground or in the air.
  2. The game has been stopped by the referee.

The ball is in play at all other times. For example, it is in play even if:
a) it rebounds from a goal post, cross-bar, or corner flag into the field of play.
b) it rebounds off the referee when he is in the field of play.
b) an apparent infraction has occured but the referee has NOT blown the whistle.

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LAW 10
LAW 10 - Method of Scoring

A goal is scored when the entire ball crosses the goal-line between the goal posts and under the cross bar, provided it was NOT thrown, carried, or intentionally propelled with the arm or hand by an attacking player.

If a defending player deflects the ball with his hand or arm and the ball goes in the goal, a goal is scored.

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LAW 11
LAW 11 - Offsides

The offsides law DOES NOT apply to the Fall In-town program. For all games however, the referee may determine unsportsman-like conduct for "excessive" camping out in the opponents penalty area or for interfering with the goalkeeper.

In general, a player is in an offside position if he is nearer to his opponent's goal-line than the ball and the second to last opponent.

The referee calls offsides if and ony if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by a teammate, the player, in the area of activity:
a) gains advantage
b) interferes with play or an opponent

A player cannot be offsides if:
a) He is in his own half of the field
b) or the ball is last played by an opponent. An apparent deflection off an opponent is NOT considered played by the opponent.
c) or he received the ball directly from a goal kick, corner kick, throw-in, or drop ball.

If judged offside, the opposing team is awarded an Indirect free kick.

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LAW 12
LAW 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

Fouls and misconduct are penalized by awarding free kicks to the opponent.

Direct Free Kicks (DFK) are awarded for:
1) Kicking or attempting to kick
2) Tripping or attempting to trip
3) Jumping at
4) Charging violently or from behind
5) Striking or attempting to strike
6) Pushing
7) Holding
8) Contacting opponent's body before the ball
9) Spits at an opponent
10) Handles the ball
deliberately. Unintentional handling (the ball touches the hands or arms) shall NOT be penalized.

Indirect Free Kicks (IFK) are awarded for:
All fouls, misconduct, and other offenses other than the 10 DFK fouls. For example:
a) Dangerous play (high kick, kicking ball while laying on ground, kicking ball in possesion of goalkeeper-even if goalkeeper has only 1 finger on it)
b) Obstruction
c) Charging the goalkeeper
d) Dissents (verbal or jestures) from any decision by the referee
e) Unsportsman-like conduct
f) Enters the game without the referee's permission

Ejection (Send-Off) offenses:
A player may be ejected (sent off) from the game for any of the following:
1) Is guilty of violent conduct or serious foul play
2) Uses foul or abusive language

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LAW 13
LAW 13 - Free Kicks

The two kinds of free kicks are:

  1. Direct Free Kicks (DFK). A goal may be scored directly from a DFK. If a DFK is awarded in the penalty area, it will result in a penalty kick.
    DFKs are awarded only for the 10 offense described in
    LAW 12.
  2. Indirect Free Kicks (IFK). A goal CANNOT be scored from an IFK unless the ball is touched by a player other than the kicker before entering the goal. See LAW 12 also.

A free kick is taken from the place where the offense occured. Ball must be stationary.
The
Iron law of two touch applies.

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LAW 14
LAW 14 - The Penalty Kick

A penalty kick is awarded if the defending team commits one of the 10 Direct free kick fouls within its own penalty area. The spot of the foul, NOT the ball determines the call.

All players except the kicker and goalkeeper must be outside the penalty area and at least 7-10 yards (depending of field size) away from the penalty spot. The goalkeeper may move sideways prior to the kick. The ball must be kicked forward for it to be in play. The Iron Law of two touch applies. A goal can be scored directly from a penalty.

Neither team may enter (encroach) the penalty area until the kick is taken. If a defender encroaches, a score stands and a miss is retaken. If an attacker encroaches, a score is retaken and a miss stands (goal kick). If both team encroaches, retake kick.

If a miss rebounds or is saved or bounces off the goalkeeper, an Indireck free kick is awarded to the defending team.

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LAW 15
LAW 15 - The Throw-In

A throw-in is awarded if the entire ball crosses the entire touchline in the air or ground.

  • The ball is thrown in at the place where it crossed the line by a player of the team that DID NOT touch it last.
  • The thrower must face the field and part of each foot must be on the ground (either on the touchline or outside of the field of play).
  • A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.
  • If a throw-in is improper, a throw-in from the same place is awarded to the opposing team. Exception: For division U10 and lower, a second chance throw-in is awarded.
  • The ball is in play immediately upon entering the field of play, but may not be touched by the thrower before being first touched by another player on any team.

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LAW 16
LAW 16 - The Goal Kick

A goal kick is awarded to the defending team if the ball passes completely over the goal line, outside the goal, after having last touched by a player of the attacking team.

The goal kick is take from any point within the goal area nearest the place where the ball crossed the goal line.

All opposing players must be outside the penalty area.

The ball must travel outside the penalty area before being in play, and may not be played by the kicker a second time before being touched by another player (Iron law of two touch). Otherwise, the kick must be retaken.

A goal CANNOT be scored directly from a goal kick.

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LAW 17
LAW 17 - The Corner Kick

A corner kick is awarded to the attacking team if the ball passes completely over the defending team's goal-line, (outside the goal), having last been touched by a player on the defending team.

All opposing player must be at least 10 yards away from the ball, unless in the event the kick is taken quickly without the attacking team asking for the 10 yards.

Iron law of two touch applies. Ball is play when it moves in the field of play.

A goal can be scored directly from a corner.

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