U8 Rules                    
U8 CYSL  --  Smallsided Games  Modified Playing Rules  (Effective Fall 2019)    
Number of Players   5V5 Maximum,  4 field players + 1 GK          
    3 players must be present to start a game        
    Teams may have players of both genders, if necessary, to fill out roster    
Roster Size   10 Maximum              
Field Dimensions   Rectangular:     Between 25-35 yards by 15-25 yards recommended      
    Spectators should be three yards from end lines of regulation 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      
Build Out Line   None.  Players should be behind halfway line on goal kicks.    
Goals   4' X 6' are recommended      
    Goals must be anchored securely to the ground        
Goal Area   Rectangular:     About 3-5 yards by 8-12 yards recommended      
Penalty Area   None      
Flag Posts   Flags shall be placed at the corners and center line      
Corner Arc   None              
Ball    Size 3                
Duration of play   10 minute quarters - 5 minute half time          
Offside   None            
Free Kicks & Corner Kicks   All free kicks will be direct.  All opponents at least 4 yards from the ball.    
Start & Restart of Play   Conform to FIFA except that all opponents at least 4 yards from the ball.    
    The ball must travel the distance of its circumference.    
Headers   Not permitted.    
    Results in opposition taking indirect free kick at the spot of infraction.    
Fouls & Misconduct   All intentional fouls will result in an indirect free kick at the spot of infraction.    
Substitutions   UNLIMITED and at any stoppage.  Each child should play at least half of game.    
Penalty Kicks   None              
Throw-In   Conform to FIFA except for one redo per throw.    
Goal Kick               Conform to FIFA.    
    Goal kick taken from any point 4 yards in front of, or to the side of goal.    
Ball In & Out of Play   Conform to FIFA.              
Method of Scoring   Conform to FIFA. Coaches are encouraged to control win margin if possible.
Referees   None.