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9 v 9 - Adult Soccer Rules & Regulations    

The Field of Play:

·      Size of Pitch – the dimensions shown below are the Maximum Dimensions.

·      Width Length - 50 Yards 80 Yards / 45 Metres 73.125 Metres

·      Penalty Area - Width Length - 32 Yards 13 Yards / 29.26 Metres 11.88 Metres

·      Halfway Line - The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line. This is also used as the retreat line when restarting play with a goal kick.

·      Goal Size -The distance between the posts is 4.87m (16 feet) and the distance between the lower edge of the crossbar and the ground is 2.13m (7 feet).

The Ball:

·      The ball should be Size 4 for U11 & U12. It should be made of leather or other suitable material

·      The home team must provide the match ball



The Players:

·      Maximum number per team including Goalkeeper – 9v9

·      A match may not START if either team consists of fewer than NINE players. The minimum number of players in a team required for a match to CONTINUE is also four. Matches can begin with 9 v 8 but the importance and ethos of Mini-Soccer should be upheld whenever possible and the development of the children should come before the score line.


Players Equipment:

·      Goal keepers must wear a distinguishing playing top. Players must wear Shin Guards which must be covered entirely by the socks. Players must wear the appropriate clothing dependant on the weather. Correct footwear must be worn for the surface of the pitch e.g. no metal studs on artificial grass pitches. All games to be played on 4G

·      Please bring home & away team kits in the event of kit clashes



The Referee:

·      Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which they have been appointed.






The Other Match Officials:

Two Assistant Referees may be appointed by the home team and also the away team whose duties, subject to the decision of the referee, are to indicate:

·      When the whole of the ball leaves the field of play.

·      Which team is entitled to a corner kick, goal kick or throw-in.

·      When a play may be penalised for being in an offside position.

·      When a substitution is requested or when any other incident occurs out of the view of the referee.

·      When offences have been committee whenever the assistant referee have a better view than the referee (this includes, in certain circumstances, offences committed in the penalty area).

·      Whether, at penalty kicks, the goalkeeper moves off the goal line before the ball is kicked and if the ball crosses the line.


Duration of the match:

·      In any one day, no player shall play more than 80 minutes. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer or organisation to ensure that the child does not exceed this. Each league/competition will determine its own playing time with the maximum time permitted, however, the maximum duration will be two halves of 30 minutes

Overall Playing time in 1 day:

·      120 mins in one day for festival and tournament


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