The U8 Commissioners will be communicateing with the coaches about the 5v5 format with goalkeepers. Each team will play with a total of 5 players on the field (this includes a goalkeeper). There are no offsides and everything is still indirect. All standard U8 rules apply, we have simply added a fifth player to serve as a goalkeeper. The goalkeeper is required and must wear a different color shirt from the two teams on the field. Gloves are not required, but they are recommended. Gloves can be purchased at Academy Sports and are not overly expensive. The goalkeeper must play at least one quarter on the field. The 50% play rule is still in effect as well. The referees will be very involved with getting this new format started and understood. Please contact your appropriate commissioner with any questions.