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Football Rules & Regulations    

Under 13s & U15s

The Field of Play:

·      As per The Laws of the Game 2019/20

The Ball:

·      The ball should be (Size 4 Under 13’s – Under 14’s). The ball should be (Size 5 Under 15’s – Under 16’s). 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 – 11v11

·      A match may not START if either team consists of fewer than ELEVEN 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 GRASS

·      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:

·      The maximum duration will be two halves as follows:

·      U13’s and U14’s – 2 x 35 minutes

·      U15’s and U16’s – 2 x 40 minutes

·      The half time interval must not exceed 15 minutes. Please refer to the Standard Code of Rules for Youth Competitions.

Overall Playing time in 1 day:

·      150 mins in one day for festival and tournament

 

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