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					                      Wilson County Soccer League
                    Modified Under-8 Laws of the Game
UNDER 8 PLAYING 6 V 6

Law 1 – The Field of Play

         Dimensions:
         Length: minimum 45 yards maximum 60 yards
         Width: minimum 35 yards maximum 45 yards

         Field Markings: The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The center
         mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of six (6) yards is
         marked around it.

         The Goal Area: A goal area is defined at each end of the field as follows: Two lines are drawn
         at right angles to the goal line five (5) yards from the inside each goalpost. These lines extend
         into the field of play for a distance of five (5) yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel with
         the goal line. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the goal area.

         The Penalty Area: Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line ten (10) yards from the
         inside each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of ten (10) yards
         and are joined by a 24 yard line drawn parallel with the goal line. The area bounded by these
         lines and the goal line is the penalty area. There is no penalty mark or arc above the penalty
         area.

         Flagposts: Flag post, not less than five (5) feet high, with a non-pointed top and a flag is
         placed at each corner.

         Corner Arc: A quarter circle with a radius of one (1) yard from each corner flag post is drawn
         inside the field of play.

         Goals: The recommended size goal is 6 X 12 feet.

Law 2 – The Ball: Size three (3)

Law 3 – The Number of Players: A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than six
(6) players, one of whom is the goalkeeper.

         Roster Size: Minimum roster size is seven (7) and maximum roster size is twelve (12).

         Substitutions: At any stoppage of play and unlimited.

         Playing time: Each player SHALL play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time.

Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment: Each player must wear a jersey or shirt, shorts, shin guards and knee
socks. Hard surfaces of shin guards must be covered with socks. Non-uniform clothing is allowed based
on weather conditions, but uniforms must still distinguish teams. Also see WCSL General Rules of Play.

Law 5 – The Referee: An OFFICIAL (Game Manager or Coordinator or Parent or Coach or Grade 9
referee) may be used. All infringements shall be briefly explained to the offending player.
Law 6 – The Assistant Referees: None.

Law 7 – The Duration of the Match: The match for 6v6 shall be divided into four (4) equal, ten (10)
minute quarters. There shall be a two (2) minute break between quarters one and two and another two (2)
minute break between quarters three and four. There shall be a half-time interval of five (5) minutes.

          Allowance for Time Lost – There will be no allowance for time lost.

          Extra Time – No extra time is authorized for recreational matches ending in a draw.

Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play: Conform to FIFA, with the exception of the opponents of the
team taking the kick-off are at least six (6) yards from the ball until it is in play.

          Preliminaries – At the beginning of the match, choice of ends and the kick-off shall be decided
          by a toss of a coin. The team winning the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first half
          of the match and the other team takes the kick-off to start the match. The team, which wins the
          toss, takes the kick-off to start the second half of the match. In the second half of the match the
          teams change ends and attack the opposite goals.

          Dropped Ball – The referee drops the ball to restart the match after a temporary stoppage,
          which becomes necessary, while the ball was in play. Play begins when the ball touches the
          ground.

Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play: The ball is out of play when it has completely crossed the goal
line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air.

Law 10 – The Method of Scoring: A goal is scored when the entire ball passes over the goal line,
between the goal post and under the crossbar.

          Score or Standing: No standing should be kept. Therefore, if both teams score an equal
          number of goals, or if no goals are scored, the match is a draw.

Law 11 – Offside: The offside rule shall be interpreted liberally; however, no player may play in an
obvious offside position in front of or near the goal such as a designated scorer.

          Offside Offence –A player is in an offside position if they are nearer to their opponent’s goal
          line than the ball and the second last opponent at the moment the ball touches or is played by
          one of his team.

Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA with the exception that all fouls shall result in a
direct free kick. If a child is being too rambunctious, than the game official will ask the coach to make a
substitution of that player to give the child a chance to calm down before returning to play. The
referee/coach/parent must explain ALL infringements to the offending player. No cards shown for
misconduct.

          Direct Free Kick – A direct kick is taken from where the offence occurred.

                Awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following first six (6)
                offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive
                force and if a player commits any of the last four (4) offences.



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        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 or makes contact with the
        opponent before touching the ball.

        Spits at an opponent

        Blatant holding or pulling of an opponent and his clothing

        Deliberately handling the ball (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty
        area).

Awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any
of the following first four (4) offences and is also award to the opposing team if a player,
in the opinion of the referee, commits one of the last four (4) offences

        Takes more than six (6) seconds while controlling the ball with his hands before
        releasing it from his possession.

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

        Touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a
        teammate.

        Touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in
        taken by a teammate.

        Plays in a dangerous manner

        Impedes the progress of an opponent

        Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands.

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

                  Unsportsmanlike conduct

                  Charging the goalie when they do not have the ball.



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                                Players standing closer than ten yards at the time of the direct or
                                indirect free kick.

Law 13 – Free Kicks: Conform to FIFA with the exceptions that all kicks are direct and all opponents
are at least six (6) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 14 – The Penalty Kick: None.

Law 15 – The Throw-In: Conform to FIFA with the exception that an improperly performed throw-in
can be retaken once.

Law 16 – The Goal Kick: Conform to FIFA with the exception that opponents must remain outside the
goal area and at least six (6) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 17 – The Corner Kick: Conform to FIFA with the exception that opponents remain at least six (6)
yards from the ball until it is in play.




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