Soccer for Life (U14 – U18)
Born 2000 – 2005
Indoor Soccer Rules 2016/17 (amended October 13th 2016)
Unless otherwise explicitly stated in these rules, FIFA laws and decisions are always followed.
1. All games are played in the Com Dev Indoor Soccer Park (745 Fountain St. N.) All parents must be in the seating area and at no time are spectators permitted to enter the curtain area or sit on the field to watch games.
2. u4, u5 & u6 teams will play as per the Active Start Program (CYS Indoor Micro Program)
u8 & u10 teams will field 5 players (4 plus Goalkeeper). A match may not start if either team has less than 4 players. Teams are given 5 minutes of grace past the scheduled kick-off to get 5 players. The game then begins as soon as the 5th player arrives.
u12, u14 & u18 teams will field 5 players (4 plus Goalkeeper). A match may not start if either team has less than 4 players. Teams are given 5 minutes of grace past the scheduled kick-off to get 5 players. The game then begins as soon as the 5th player arrives.
**A Maximum of two (2) coaches are permitted on the Player Bench at a time. ** No children or parents permitted
3. The match lasts two equal halves of 25 minutes. The game clock will begin the 25 minute countdown on the hour/half hour, regardless if the team is ready. Games will also start whether or not the game official is present. Players are entitled to a 5 minute half-time interval, followed by another strictly timed (by the game clock) 25 minute half. All matches will conclude 5 minutes prior to the hour/half hour. For no reason whatsoever, will a game last longer than the allotted 55 minute time slot. Finals Games may be reduced in length to allow for trophy presentations.
4. Once the half time/full time buzzer sounds, all play will come to an immediate stop (similar to the end of a hockey period).
5. A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself / herself or another player. No hard casts. There is a concern with players that wear casts (There are many types of casts that are used dependant on the severity of the injury). CYS will determine if they are a danger to other players. CYS asks that the parent/guardian of the player wearing a cast send a picture of the cast to the club so the CYS Head Referee may make a determination. No jewellery (earrings, rings, necklaces or bracelets (friendship or gel) of any kind is permitted on the field!
If a referee observes a player wearing any jewelry items the player will asked to leave the field and may not return for the remainder of the half. The jewellery must be removed or the player cannot continue to play in the game. Please refer to the CYS casts and jewellery policies.
6. Player footwear must be appropriate for a turf field. Outdoor soccer cleats are preferred! No boots, metal studs or formal shoes.
7. All players must wear shin guards. Shin guards must be covered entirely by socks or pants.
The penalty area encompasses all space inside the yellow box in front of the goal.
The penalty spot will be marked by the referee. The distance will be 8 yards from the goal line. All players must be outside the penalty area and behind the ball before the kick can be taken. The GK must be on the goal-line. The play is live once the ball is kicked.
10. The field of play has four touchlines. Balls out of play on the sidelines will result in an indirect kick- in. For kick-ins, the ball may be placed 1 foot inside the line (to compensate for space restrictions). Balls out of play on the goal lines will result in a goal-kick/corner kick.
11. Kick-offs can be played in any direction but may only be touched once by a single player. All opponents must be at least 4 yards away in their own half from the ball at Kick-offs.
12. The ball is out of play if it passes completely over one of the four touchlines.
13. All fouls will result in an indirect free kick. Direct kicks will not be awarded in indoor soccer (with the exception of a penalty shot).
14. Opponents must be at least 4 yards away from the ball on restarts. The only time defenders may be closer is if they are on their own goal line, between the posts.
15. If directly off a restart (kick-in, free-kick, goal-kick, the ball is kicked into the opponents’ goal directly, a goal kick is awarded. If directly off of a restart the ball is played into a players own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opponents. Note: a goal can be scored directly from a drop ball (including own goals).
16. Penalty kicks are awarded against players who commit penal offences within their own penalty area. See above in Number 9 for explanation
17. The goalkeeper CAN kick or throw the ball over half. They CANNOT score by throwing the ball into the opposing net. The goalkeeper can kick the ball from their hands, throw ball or kick from the turf, but once the goalkeeper places the ball on the turf the ball becomes live and in play and the attacking team can score. If the ball is put on the ground and picked back up by the goalkeeper an indirect free kick will occur for the opposing team.
18. Drop balls restart the game for any reason not mentioned elsewhere.
19. Substitutions are unlimited. They may occur at these stoppages: goal kicks, kick-offs, and kick-ins. They may not occur at corner kicks, penalty kicks, or free kicks. Substitutions may NOT be made on the fly. Substitutes must remain on the team benches when not playing. They must remain within 2 (two) yards of the bench at all times. (Benches must be places strategically on sidelines for fields 1 and 3. On Field 2 each team will be to the far side of the goal it is defending. Teams from field 2 (because of space limitations) will NOT change ends and will NOT change player benches at half time. On fields 1 and 3 teams will change ends at half time but not team player benches.
20. To replace a player with a substitute, the substitute must enter the field from the bench area once the player being substituted has left the field. Players must leave on their own half of the field.
21. For substituting a goalkeeper, the referee must be informed before the change and the change must occur at a goal kick or kick-off or injury.
22. Players are not allowed to leave their feet to i) challenge for the ball (slide tackle) or ii) keep the ball in play. They are penalized in the same manner as a penal offence (either an indirect free kick or penalty kick depending on where the infraction occurred). Goalkeepers are permitted to slide when challenging for the ball but may not slide feet-first.
23. Players committing reckless fouls or moderate misconducts are shown a yellow card. This includes the goalkeeper. Players committing fouls of excessive force or major misconducts are shown a red card and their team is penalized for five minutes. Another player must serve the 5-minute penalty. Players who receive red cards may take no further part in the match.
24. There are no offsides.
25. Coaches and Assistants must either sit on the team bench or stand within the length of the team bench. Coaches are not permitted to “roam” along the sidelines.
26. Restarts are considered kick off, kick-in, free-kick, goal-kick, drop ball and half time. If a player touches the ball twice from a restart a free kick will be awarded to the opposing team.
27. Parents/Guardians or children are not permitted on the soccer pads or bench area during or after the games. They must remain in the spectator area.
28. League standings will only be kept in the Under 14 and Under 18 age divisions.
29. There will be NO Game Sheets at Under 8 – 10 – 12. Coaches will be asked to supply a team roster at week 1 to the CYS programs Manager notifying CYS of the jersey numbers given to players.
30. Game sheets at Under 14 – 18 will be provided and must be filled out so that League standings can be kept and referees can be paid.
Retreat Line – AS PER OSA LTPD GUIDELINES (U8/U10/U12)
• The Halfway line (half way area) acts as a retreat line on Goal Kicks. The opponents must drop off to the halfway line to help the Goalkeeper learn to play out from the back.
However, if the GK wants to play quickly they can do. The ball is in play as soon as it leaves the goal area and is touched by a teammate. The opposition players cannot enter the retreat area until a player touches the ball.
On Goal Kicks ONLY
The opponents must drop off to the “Half Way Line” to help the Goalkeeper and players learn to play out from the back
The ball is in play as soon as it leaves the goal area and is touched by a teammate The opposition players cannot cross the “Half Way Line” until a player touches the ball To assist players in this the Referee(s) will inform players to retreat
Further they will inform players when they can cross the retreat line by using the word “ENGAGE” When the Goalkeeper collects the ball with their hands in “Open Play” the opponents must drop off to
the “Half Way Line”
The ball is in play as soon as it leaves the goalkeepers hands
If the Goalkeeper wants to play quickly they can do so (they do NOT have to wait for the opposition players to retreat
At u8 – heading the ball is not permitted
If a player unintentionally or deliberately heads the ball the referee will stop the game. The game will be restated with a “Drop Ball” from the place the ball was kicked
At u10 – heading the ball is not permitted
If a player unintentionally or deliberately heads the ball the referee will stop the game. The game will be restated with an “Indirect Free Kick” to the opposition team from the place the ball was headed
At u12 – heading the ball is permitted
If a player heads the ball the referee will NOT stop the game. The game will continue to be played
WATER ONLY ON THE FIELD PLEASE (no other food or drink)!!
Outdoor House League Rules & Regulations
Revised & Approved: April 12th, 2017
YOUTH U11-12 and U14-U18 Soccer Program
All games shall be played in accordance with the laws of the game as published by F.I.F.A. and the O.S.A, except those superseded by specific rules as outlined in this section.
1 The Field
1a) Youth u11-u12 and u14-u18 games shall be played only on fields designated by CYS for the Youth Soccer program.
2a) Youth u11-u12 Soccer program shall use Size 4 balls at all times.
2b) Youth u14 and older shall use Size 5 balls at all times.
2c) The home team shall supply the game ball to the referee before the game.2d) All players must wear soccer cleats.
2e) All players are required to wear shin pads under their socks.
2f) Each team shall bring two (CYS-issued) corner flags to the field for each game.
2g) A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself/herself or another player. No hard casts (as per CYS Cast Policy). CYS asks that the parent/guardian of a player wearing a cast send a picture of the cast to the club so a determination can be made on whether it is acceptable.
2h) No jewelry (earrings, rings, necklaces or bracelets of any kind are permitted on the field If a referee observes a player wearing any jewelry items the player will be asked to leave the field and may not return for the remainder of the half. The jewelry must be removed or the player cannot continue to play in the game.
3. Number of Players
3a) U11 and U12 team rosters have a maximum of sixteen (16) registered players. The Club must approve age groups with rosters exceeding the above limits. U14 and U18 rosters have a maximum of 20 players.
3b) The U11 and U12 game is played with nine (9) players per team on the field as per OSA LTPD guidelines. This includes the goalkeeper. U12-U18 games are played with eleven (11) players per team on the field.
3c) The minimum number of players a team is permitted to play with is seven (7) (6 for U11/U12), including the goalkeeper and must play shorthanded, regardless how many players the other team has.
3d) Players will not be permitted to be ‘called up’ from lower divisions of the CYS House League without the written consent of the Technical Director or Senior House League Director.
3e) If there are circumstances that teams will be short players (graduations/school trip/holidays) please contact the CYS office and the Technical Director will make arrangements on behalf of the team
CYS is working closely with The City of Cambridge to provide marked areas close to halfway line that would be called a “Technical Area”.
CYS hopes to have this done to all SSG and House League Fields before the season starts
A typical technical area extends 1 -2 m (1 -2 yd.) on either side of the designated seated area and extends forward up to a distance of 2 -3 m (2 – 3yd) from the touch line should space allow.
The coach and assistant coach(s) must remain within the confines of the technical area except in special circumstances, for example if they need to enter the field of play, with the referee’s permission, to assess an injured player.
The coach and other occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner.
A Technical area prevents Coaches from going behind the goal or “patrolling up and down the length of the sideline.
It also allows the referee the best opportunity to observe the substitutions of players.
4. Game Officials
5a) CYS shall assign referees to Youth u11-u12 and u14-u18 Soccer games.
5b) In the event that a Referee is not available, or has not been assigned, the “Home Team” coach shall referee the first (1st) half of the game and the “Away Team” coach shall referee the second (2nd) half.
5c) If both coaches are in agreement, a „third party‟ (such as, but not limited to, a parent or coach) may referee the entire game.
5d) The game shall proceed as an official game.5. Duration of the Game & Playing Time5a) The regulation time for games is as follows:
U11 & U12: U14:
2-thirty-five (35) minute halves 2-forty (40) minute halves 2-forty-five (45) minute halves
5b) All games will have a Half Time break of 5 minutes.
5c) Each game shall start at the stated scheduled starting time, providing both teams have seven (7) or more players. If games are delayed, the referee will shorten halves accordingly (to have the game end at the regular scheduled end time).
5d) If either team has fewer than seven players (6 for U11) more than fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled starting time, then refer to Rule #14.
5e) Each player must receive fair playing time equivalent to at least 50% of each game.
5f) NEW – Mercy Rule – U14 and U18 ONLY
Should a game reach a differential of 8 goals at any point from half-time on, the referee shall stop the game and award the game to the winning team by the score at the time the game was stopped.
For the remainder of the game the teams shall be divided up and a friendly game played.
6. Method of Scoring
6a) Goals are scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar.
6b) Game sheets shall be completed and submitted to the CYS office by each coach within 3 days by fax (519-653-7892), email (email@example.com) or dropped off.
6c) Game points will be awarded as follows (u14/u18 only):
WIN – TIE – LOSS –
7. Final League Standings
three (3) points one (1) point zero (0) points
7a) If at the end of the regular schedule, two or more teams are tied in points for first place, the following applies:
i. Regular season record between the 2 teams ii. Goals against
iii. Goal difference
7b) League standings will be kept on the CYS website. Please note that standings will not be kept for U11 and U12 as per Ontario Soccer Association Long Term Player Development Policy. Standings will still be kept for U14 and U18 divisions.
8. Player Substitutions
8a) Unlimited substitutions are permitted at the following times with the approval of the referee:
Coaches are expected to have subs come on and off at the centre line in a controlled fashion.
On any throw-in by either team
After a goal is scored by either team At a goal kick by either team
At the start of the 2nd Half
To replace an injured player
Note: Substitutions may not occur on free kicks or corner kicks
9. Player Removal
9a) Any coach wishing to have a player removed from a team must make a request to the CYS Technical Director and House League Director, in writing, to arrange for a hearing before the Senior House League Director/Discipline Chair.
9b) The hearing should be attended by the player, or at least one of the player‟s parents or guardians, the coach, Senior House League Director/Discipline Chair.
9c) The decision of the Senior House League Director/Discipline Chair shall be final.
10. Postponement & Rescheduling of Games
10a) A game should be abandoned by The Referee if there is sufficient thunder, visible lightning or in the case of extreme rain and pooling water. Upon abandoning the game, wait 15 minutes in a safe area to see if the situation clears. If there is not a safe area or the weather does not clear the game can be cancelled.
10b) In the case of a referee cancelling a game due to inclement weather, if the game is at half time or in the second half the game will be counted as played. If the game is cancelled in the first half, the game will be counted as a tie with a 1-1 score (U14/U18 only). It is the call of the referee to cancel a game. In the case that a referee doesn‟t show and a coach is refereeing then both coaches must agree to cancel the game.
10c) The office will only cancel games if the City of Cambridge says the fields are unplayable (this will only be done over a course of many days of wet weather). All games will be recorded as a tie with a 0-0 score (applicable in U14 and U18 divisions only). Contact the office and/or visit the website to see the status of play, otherwise, you must report to the field as scheduled.
10d) Games that are rained out will not be rescheduled.
11. Abandoned Games
11a) If a game is abandoned due to the action of any player or team official, the Referee shall note on the game sheet the reason for the abandonment and notify the circumstances to the Club in writing.
11b) If the referee does not submit a report on the abandonment, the Executive may request a written report from each coach.
11c) The Executive may hold a hearing into the incident, may adjust the allocation of game points, and may take disciplinary action.
11d) In the event that game points are adjusted, the offended team shall receive points equivalent to a win.
12. Forfeited Games
12a) A game will be forfeited for any of the following reasons: Failure of a team to appear for a game.
If a team delays the start of a game by more than fifteen (15) minutes. If a team has fewer than seven (7) players (6 players for Under 11 &
12b) Forfeited games will be recorded as a win, 1-0 (one-zero) for the non-defaulting team.
12c) If both teams are equally at fault, no points or goals will be awarded and the game shall not be replayed.
13a) When the weather is extremely hot, the Referee will speak to the coaches and may give a 1 to 2 minute water break in the middle of each game half. This is for the sole purpose of giving only those players on the field some water. It is not to be used for coaching or other purposes.
14. Finals Day(s)
14a) Final Days will have all U14 and U18 teams play a knockout tournament to determine a Final Day Champion. U11 and U12 teams will play a single game final.
15b) Final Day game dates will be published during the first week of August.
15c) Final Days matches will be created by CYS. The opposing teams will be drawn at random to ensure each team has an equal opportunity to win the championship (u14/u18).
15d) Participation awards will be given to all teams in U11 and u12 and up to 2nd place for league play in U14/U18. 1st place will receive a League award in U14/U18 only. An award will also be given to the team that wins the Final Day Tournament in U14/U18 only.
15e) Coaches should contact the CYS office if it is known they will be short players for Finals Day to the extent that they cannot field the minimum number of players.
16. Game Sheets
Game sheets will not be used in Under 11 – 12
Under 11 – 12 Soccer Coaches will be asked to forward the players names and the shirt number allocated to them before the first game of the season.
17. Retreat Line – AS PER OSA LTPD GUIDELINES (U11/U12)
On goal kicks, the opponents must drop off to the half-way line to help the goalkeeper and players learn to play out from the back.
The ball is in play as soon as it leaves the goal area and is touched by a teammate. The opposition players cannot cross the half-way line until a player touches the ball. To assist players in this the referee will inform players to „retreat‟. Further, they will inform players when they can cross the retreat line by using the word „engage‟
When the goalkeeper collects the ball with their hands in open play, the opponents must drop off to the half-way line. The ball is in play as soon as it leaves the goalkeeper‟s hands.
If the goalkeeper wants to play quickly they can do so. They do not have to wait for the opposition players to retreat.
Indoor Soccer for Life
Where: ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
When: play begins week of October 23
U14 Boys (born 2004-2005) – Monday 7:00pm, 7:30pm or 8:00pm
U14 Boys (born 2004-2005) – Saturday 2:00pm
U14 Girls (born 2004-2005) – Wednesday 7:30pm or 8:00pm
U18 Boys (born 2000-2003) – Monday 8:00pm or 8:30pm
U18 Girls (born 2000-2003) – Wednesday 8:30pm or 9:00pm
What to Wear:
*Players receive a numbered shirt.*
Uniform (shirt, shorts and socks)
Shin pads (underneath socks)
Outdoor cleats (preferred) or turf shoes
Bring lots of water
About the Program:
Boys and girls separate.
2 sessions = practice.
12 sessions = games.
All games are officiated by qualified referees.
Volunteer Coaches are appointed by CYS.
Outdoor Soccer for Life
Where: various locations in Cambridge
Price will increase $25 as of April 1st.
When: play begins week of May 21
U14 Boys (born 2004/2005) – Thursday 6:45pm
U14 Girls (born 2004/2005) – Monday 6:45pm
U18 Boys (born 2000-2003) – Tuesday 6:45pm
U18 Girls (born 2000-2003) – Wednesday 6:45pm
What to Wear:
*Players receive a number shirt, shorts, socks and a soccer ball.*
Uniform (shirt, shorts and socks)
Shin pads (underneath socks)
Bring lots of water
About the Program:
Boys and girls separate.
All games are officiated by qualified referees.
Volunteer Coaches are appointed by CYS.
Practices are scheduled by the coach at his or her convenience.
CYS House League Finals will be a knock-out tournament format.
For more information please contact:
CYS Clubhouse +1 (519) 653-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for the summer season online starting January 1 or in person starting January 2 at the Clubhouse.
Volunteer to Coach and receive $50 off your child’s 2019 registration.
Discount vouchers for 2019 Outdoor Soccer Registration will be distributed by CYS to coaches at the end of the 2018 soccer season.
All parents must provide transportation to games and practices for their own children. Cambridge Youth Soccer Inc. and its coaches are not responsible for your child’s transportation. Parents are expected to attend games and practices with their child.
For players registered by March 31st, an effort will be made to place your child on a team based on your area of the city (ie: N1S Postal code) but Cambridge Youth Soccer Inc reserves the right to place a player in any area of the city. The practices will still take place at a location as chosen by the team’s coach.