U5 & U6

Field Size

25 yards long x 20 yards wide.

Goal Size

The goals will be 4 feet high by 6 feet wide (4ft x 6ft). There will be a goal at each end of the field.

Ball Size

No. 3

Number of Players

Each team shall consist of no more than six (8) players for U5 and eight (8) players for U8. Boys and Girls will play together on the same team although teams may be formed which have only boys or girls. All teams, regardless of gender, will play against each other during the season. Play on the field will be 4 on 4 (4v4) for the U5 age group and four on four (4v4) for the U6 age group. Goalkeepers will not be used.

Required Playing Time

Each player is required to play 50% (half) of each game they attend.

Substitutions

Substitutions will be made at the Quarter and Halftime breaks. Substitutions for injured players or players with “boo-boos” will be allowed.

Team Formation

Teams will be formed in single year age groups and placed in one of the three geographic sub-pools. Requests by parents for players to be placed together will be honored as much as possible up to six per team.

Game Length

Games will consist of four quarters. Each quarter will last eight (8) minutes. The first and second quarter will be separated by a two (2) minute break. Half time will be five (5) minutes and start at the end of the second quarter. The third and forth quarters also be separated by a two minute break. Total playing time is forty-one (41) minutes. Coaches will keep the time on the field.

Season Length

The season length will vary year-to-year. A typical season will start with practice starting in October and finishing in March. The number of games will be between 12 and 15. Outside factors such as Hurricanes may alter the season schedule drastically.

Uniforms

Uniforms will be supplied by SMSC at the beginning of the season. Coaches will receive them to distribute to the team. Players are required to wear the supplied jersey to games. Exceptions will be made to the use of the shorts during cold/inclement weather. Dress your child for the expected conditions and pull the jersey over the top of what they are wearing to play the game(s). All players are required to shin guards under their socks.

Referees & Coaching

Coaches will be allowed on the field during the games and allowed to direct their players as needed. The use of whistles is encouraged to get the childrens attention when play needs to be stopped. Coaches will act as referees at each game. Each team will be allowed only a Coach and 1 Assistant Coach. Parents are asked to sit on the opposite side of the field from the coaches but in U5 and U6 this is not a requirement.

Start/Restart of Play

Game play will start with one team “kicking off” from the center line. Who will kick-off is determined by the coaches. All balls that are kicked off the field will be kicked back into play at the point the ball left the field. Kick-ins are indirect kicks. Opponents must stand 4 yards away from any kick-in. After a goal is scored, play will restart at the center line.

Offside

The offside rule will not be applied.

Fouls and Misconduct

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