U12 CYSL

                                            Small-sided Games

                           Modified Playing Rules - Effective Fall 2016

                      For complete rules

                            NO SLIDE TACKLING

Number of Players

9V9 Maximum 8 field players + 1 GK

                             5 players must be present to start a game

Roster Size

18 Maximum

Field Dimensions

Rectangular: Between 70-80 yards by 45-55 yards recommended


Penalty area of 36 yards (width) by 14 yards (length). Penalty spot shall be 8 yards from the goal line. Center circle and penalty spot shall have a radius of 8 yards.


6.5X18.5 are recommended. 6X18 and 7X21 are acceptable. Goals must be anchored securely to the ground.

Goal Area

Conform to FIFA.

Penalty Area

The Penalty Area: A penalty area is defined at each end of the field as follows: Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, fourteen (14) yards from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of fourteen (14) 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 penalty area. Within each penalty area a penalty mark is made eight (8) yards from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them. An arc of a circle with a radius of eight (8) yards from each penalty mark is drawn outside the penalty area.

Flag Posts

Conform to FIFA.

Corner Arc

Conform to FIFA.


Size 4

Duration of play

30 minute halves - 10 minute half time



Free Kicks & Corner Kicks

Conform to FIFA with the exception that all opponents are at least 8 yards from the ball.

Start & Restart of Play

Conform to FIFA.


Not permitted for U11. A deliberate header shall result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction. If a deliberate header occurs within the goal area, an indirect free kick is awarded on the goal area line parrallel to the goal line of the nearest point to where the infraction occurred.

Fouls & Misconduct

Conform to FIFA.


UNLIMITED and at any stoppage. No substitutions on penalty kicks.

Penalty Kicks

Conform to FIFA with the exceptions that the penalty mark is at eight yards and that players other than the kicker and defending goalkeeper are at least seven (7) yards from the penalty mark.


Conform to FIFA.

Goal Kick

Conform to FIFA.

Ball In & Out of Play

Conform to FIFA.