U8 Recreation Rules

U8 Age Group

  • Field Size: 30x20
  • Players on the field: The U8 age group plays 5x5 (1 goal keeper and 4 players).
  • Keepers need to be dressed in different colors than field players.
  • Playtime: 4, 10 minute play periods, 5 minutes rest in between periods
  • Ball Size: Size 3
  • Throw-in: Allow a player a 2nd throw-in to get it right.
  • Substitutions: allowed at any stoppage of play (ball out of bounds, foul, kick-off), time keeps running.
  • Playing time: All players shall play an equal amount of time.
  • Corner kicks: Kicks taken from spot within 1 yard from corner.
  • Goal kicks: taken anywhere within 6 yards area.
  • Offside: not called.
  • REFEREE: One official referee will be assigned to the game.
  • Slide tackling: sliding with one or both feet over the ground to get possession of the ball is not allowed. Restart: indirect free kick to opponent.
  • Fouls: pushing, pulling, tripping, kicking opponent, handling the ball, and dangerous play (high kick with opponent nearby). All fouls result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team. A goal can only be scored from an indirect free kick if the ball is touched by another player (team mate or opponent) than the kicker before it enters the goal.
  • No Headers. If a player takes a header it will be an immediate foul and the opposing team will take possession of the ball.

If a team is combined with U7 and U8 players, the team will play by U8 rules.