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Small Sided Rules





Except where other provisions. In these laws are made, the Laws of Association

Football applies. Each Law is numbered to correspond with the appropriate law of the

Game; these Laws are mandatory unless special permission is granted by the Football


LAW 1.


Recommended size of field of Play


                     Under 10s &  9S                                                 Under 8s & 7s


Width                 Yards          Metres                                                       Yards             Metres

                        Min 30         Min 27.45                                                    Min 20             Min 18.30

                                 Max 40       Max 36.40                                                    Max 30            Max 27.45


Length                   Min 50        Max 45.75                                                    Min 30            Min 27.45

                              Max 60        Max 54.90                                                    Max 50          Min 45.75


The Penalty area is as follows

Length 9.15m- 10 Yards

Width  ló.47m - 18 Yards



The penalty mark is 7.32m(8 yards) from the goal line opposite the Center of the goal



The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The Center mark is indicated at the mid point of the halfway line.



The distance between the posts is 3.6m (12ft) and the distance between the lower edge

Of the cross bar and the ground is 1.88m (6ft)


In view of the number of accidents that have occurred. It is necessary to ensure that portable goals of any size are either pinned or weighted to prevent them from toppling forward.


LAW. 2                         The Ball 

The ball should be no larger than size 4. For under 09s and lOs And Size 3 for under 7s and 8s. It should be safe and made of leather or another suitable material the maximum size 4 balI is mandatory


LAW.3          Number of Players CWYFL Rule 

For all age groups will be 7 v 7 including a goalkeeper. Players must play with and against players only from their own age range-within a two-year age band Players should not be allowed to begin to play until the season of their 7~ birthday. Each team must not have a squad greater than double the size of the team


(Maximum number of players per team is fourteen) 

Any number of substitutes, who must be named and entered on the team sheet, may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. A player who has been substituted may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player (on a rolling substitute) Substitutes are only allowed on to the field with the express permission of the referee during a stoppage of play 

(All players entered on the team sheet have to be used if not the Game could be void and have to be played again) as instructed by the divisional secretary


LAW 4.                         Playing Equipment


Players will not be allowed to participate where they:

a)             Are not wearing adequate shin pads completely covered by stockings

b)             Are wearing jewellery or adornments, which constitute a danger to them or other participants

LAW 5                         Referees


The Authority of the Referee


Each match is controlled by a referee (appointed or stand in) who has to enforce the laws of the game in connection with the match he has been appointed

The referee:

The referee will satisfy himself that the pitch is free from objects and obstacles which could constitute a danger, and that goalposts are stable, suitably anchored and free from protrusions: and that corner flags are a minimum of 5 feet high and free from pointed ends

Enforces the Laws of the game by: education/instruction of participants/ correction of participants disciplining of participants

Controls the match in co-operation with both managers Ensures that the ball meets the requirements of law 2 Ensures that the players equipment meets the requirements of law 4 Stops, suspends or terminates the match, at his discretion, for any infringements of the laws


The referee: Continuation

Stops, suspends or terminates the match because of outside interference of any. Kind

Stops the match if in his opinion a player is seriously injured and ensures that they are removed from the field of play

Ensures that any player bleeding from a wound leaves the field of play

 Allows play to continue when the team against which an offence has been committed will benefit from such an advantage and penalises the original offence if the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time

 Takes disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable and or sending-off offences

Take action against team’s officials, who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner. And expel them from the field of play and its immediate surrounds

Ensure that no unauthorized person enter the field of play Restart the match after it has been stopped.

Decisions of the referee

The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final, The referee may only change a decision on realising that it is incorrect or, at his/her discretion provided that play has not restarted


LAW 6                         Timekeeper/Scorer/Assistant Referee



A person may be nominated to assist the referee in any of the following


(a)             Record goals scored.

(b)             Act as timekeeper and signify to the referee by an agreed signal when the time of each half has expired.

(c)             Suspend time on an instruction from the referee for all stoppages and add that time to the end of each half: ­

(d)             Supervise the use of rolling substitutes

(e)             Carry out duties as prescribed by the referee


If an independent timekeeper/Scorer is not nominated, these duties are the responsibility of the referee.


LAW 7                     Duration of Game


In any one day, no player shall play more than the stipulated period outlined below within this maximum the recommended duration of games is provided


The maximum duration of participation per day per player is

Under 9s and Under lOs 60 minutes (30 minutes each half)

Under 10   Girls Teams Only ( will play 3 x 20 minutes sessions with a maximum of five minutes intervals between sessions this will still constitute one game with one result)

Under 7s and Under 8s 40 minutes (20 minutes each half)

In all cup competitions there must be a result on the day if teams are equal at full time there will be 5 minutes extra time each way: the first team to score is the winner (Golden Goal) if there is still no result

Then the normal 5 penalties each team, then penalties until a winner is found



the half time interval must not exceed 5 minutes.


LAW 8. Start and Restart of Play 


The winner of the toss chooses ends; the opponents take the kick off. A kick-off is taken at the Centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored, opponents must be 5 yards (4.5M) away from the ball, and in their own half of the field. The ball must be played forward


Special circumstances,

A dropped ball to restart the match after play has been temporarily stopped inside the penalty area takes place on the penalty line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when the play was stopped.

      LAW 9      Ball in and out of play

The ball is out of play when

it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air

Play has been stopped by the referee


Ball in play 

The ball is in play at all other times including when

It rebounds from a goal post, crossbar or corner flag post and remains in the field of play

It rebounds from either the referee or an assistant referee when they are on the field of play


      LAW 10.      Method of Scoring


Goal scored

A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of the laws of the game has been committed previously by the team scoring the goal

 Winning team

 The team scoring the greater number of goals during the match is the winner, if both teams score an equal number of goals, or if no goals are scored, the match is drawn

 Competition Rules (Only in CUP Competition)


For matches ending in a draw, competition rules may state provisions involving extra time, or other procedures approved by the International F.A.Board to determine the winner of the match. (as per law 7 ) 

All other games are played on a league basis with 3 points a win and 1 point for a draw


LAW 11. Offside 

There is no offside


LAW 12. Fouls and Misconduct’s

In Small Sided Football all free kicks are direct there are no indirect free kicks

A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences in a manner considered to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:K

Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent

Trips or attempts to trip an opponent

Jumps at an opponent

Charges an opponent

Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

Pushes an opponent

Tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the

Opponent before touching the ball.


A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences:

Holds an opponent

Spits at an opponent

Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his/her own penalty area)

Plays in a dangerous manner

Impedes the progress of an opponent

Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his/her hands

Commits any other offence not previously mentioned in law 12, for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player



A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above offences is committed by a player inside his/her own Penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play

A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the goal keeper

Takes more than 6 seconds to release the ball from his/her hands

(The goal keeper is allowed to bounce the ball within the 6 seconds without committing an offence)

Touches the ball again with his/her hands after it has been released from his/hers possession and has not touched any other player

Touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him/her by a team mate (back pass rule)

Touches the ball with his/her hands after he/she has received it directly from a throw in by a team mate

For all of these offences. the free kick should be taken from the penalty area line parallel with the goal line, at the nearest point to the offence


Cautioning Offences


A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he/she commits any of the following offences:

1.              Is guilty of unsporting behavior

2.              Shows dissent by word or action

3.                 Persistently infringes the laws of the game

4.              Delays the restart of play

5.              Fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner or free kick

6.              Enters or re-enters the field of play without the referees permission

7.                 Deliberately leaves the field of play without the referees permission

8.                 Deliberate and/or reckless foul play

9.              Serious dissent

10.                 Excessive time wasting


Sending Off Offences

A player is sent off and shown the red card if he/she commits any of the following offences

1.              Is guilty of serious foul play

2.              Is guilty of violent conduct

3.              Spits at an opponent or any other person

4.              Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity, by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

5.              Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the players goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick

6.              Uses offensive, or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures

7.                 Receives a second caution in the same match


LAW 13                                 Free Kicks


All free kicks are direct and opponents must be 4.5m (5 yards) from the ball


LAW 14                                 Penalty Kicks


A penalty kick is awarded for offences, as described in law 12.


Position of the Ball and the Players


All players except the defending goalkeeper and kicker must be outside the penalty area and at least 4.5m (5 yards) from the penalty mark

The ball must be kicked forward.




If a player or players commit an offence at the taking of a penalty kick his/her team shall not be allowed to gain an advantage (i.e. the kick is retaken or the goal is disallowed depending on which team offended)


If a player of both the defending and the attacking teams offend the kick shall be retaken


LAW 15                                 Throw-in


A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in


A throw-in is awarded:


When the whole of the ball passes over the touchline, either on the ground or in the air

From the point where it crossed the touch line

To the opponents of the player who last touched the ball whilst in play




At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower:


Faces the field of play

Has part of each foot either on the touchline or on the ground outside the touch line

Uses both hands

The throw-in is awarded to the opposing team, if any of these are not carried out directly

:Delivers the ball from behind and over their head


The thrower may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. If he/she does a free kick will be awarded against him. The ball is in play immediately it enters the field of play.


LAW 16.                         Goal kick





A player of the defending team kicks the ball from any point within the penalty area.


Opponents must remain outside the penalty area and at least 4.5m (5 yards) from where the kick is taken until the ball is in play. (The ball must have left the penalty area)


LAW 17.    Corner Kick


The opposing player must remain at least 4.5m (5 yards) from the ball until it is in play.


The kicker may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. If he/she does a free kick is awarded against him.


The ball is in play immediately it enters the field of play


Issued by Les Barrett. Assistant General Secretary

Central Warwickshire Youth Football League

Dated 26/06/01 (issue 3 amended)


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