AYSO Region 213
Under-7 Division

Practices and Season Format

Coaches can have up to two 1-hour practices per week.

Scores are not recorded. And, there are no standings.

Assuming there are an even number of teams, every team will receive an eleven game season.

Game setup and Guidelines

The following guidelines include the only elements of the Laws of the Game that apply to the AYSO Short Sided Game Program for U-7:

The Field:

The field size is 50 yards long, 25 yards wide (max).

The Markings:

We are asking for permission to paint blue fields which are 25x50 inside of the 40x80 fields designated for U7. If we get permission, then they will be marked as follows:

  • Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal lines.
  • Center circle with an six-yard radius in the center of the field.
  • Goal area in front of each goal measuring 6 x 12 yards.

The Goals:

Maximum 6 feet high and 6 yards (18 feet) wide. Unfortunately, this will mean portable goals. We are looking at purchasing BowNets for this division. Using BowNets means someone will need to setup the goals prior to games, remove them after the last game and place them in storage every Saturday. The storage location has not been determined.

The Ball:

A size 3 ball is used for U-7 and U-8 games.

The Players:

There will be 5 players per team on field; no goalkeepers. Seven players maximum on roster.

Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. at all levels of play.

Playing time is a minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three.

Duration of Game:

All U-7 games are played with two 20-minute halves which are divided into two 10-minute periods ("quarters"). Substitutions are made at the end of each quarter, at halftime and for injuries.

A minimum of 2 quarters is required for each player and no one player can play 4 quarters until everyone has played 3 quarters.

The Start of Play:

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

The Kick-off:

A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to start the game and the other team kicks off to start the second half.

Opponents must be six yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Method of Scoring:

See U-8 Coaching Manual.

Fouls & Misconduct

The referee will assess direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the ball.

Direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the ball. Free kicks are awarded the attacking team inside the defending team's goal area should be taken from the nearest point on the goal area line in front of the goal. There are no penalty kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs. Do not show yellow or red cards

U-8 Officials:

AYSO certified U-8 Officials or higher are required for U-8 games.

If no U-8 Official or higher certified referee is signed up by 6 PM the day before the match, then the match will be canceled (and not rescheduled).

The U-8 Official should briefly explain any infringements (which occur during the match) 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.