U8 Rules




Players, coaches and spectators are expected to act in the nature of good sportsmanship at all times. Abuse of the referees will not be tolerated.  All teams benches will be on the inside sideline and no parents or spectators are to be on this side during game nor should they stand or sit on the end lines. 



In all dead ball situations, defending players must stand at least five yards away from the ball. If the defensive player's goal area is closer than five yards, the ball shall be placed five yards from the goal area in line with the place of the penalty.



The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline instead of throw in.



If a player is sliding for the ball, contact with any player(s) from the other team is NOT ALLOWED. If a player slides and contact is initiated, a free kick shall be awarded. This does not prevent players from sliding to stop/intercept a ball where contact is not initiated during the slide. Example: a player may slide to save a ball from going out-of-bounds.


  • The goal box is directly in front of the goal.
  • No player may touch the ball with in the goal box, however any player may move through the goal box via pass.
  • Any part of the ball or player's body on the line is considered in the goal box; the player is an extension of the box.
  • If a defender touches the ball in the goal box we have allowed for one warning per team. Additional infractions result in a penalty kick from the bottom arc of the midfield circle. Players not taking penalty kick must adhere to 5 yard rule and wait behind midfield center line. Penalty kicks are dead ball infractions. If a goal is not scored, the defense obtains possession with a goal kick.
  • If an offensive player touches the ball within the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.
  • If the ball comes to a complete stop in the goal box, regardless of which team touched it last, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.




A goal may only be scored from a touch (offensive or defensive) within the team’s offensive half on the field. The ball must be completely on the offensive half of the field, and cannot be touching the mid-line (Example: kick-off). If a player in their defensive half kicks the ball across the midline and the ball hits another player (offensive or defensive) in their offensive half, and the ball goes in the goal, a goal will be awarded. If a ball is kicked from the defensive half and is not touched before the ball rests in the goal, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. A goal cannot be scored from an indirect kick, such as a kick-in from out-of-bounds



4 Eight minute quarters with a two minute break between each quarter including half-time.  Teams will change ends after half-time.


Games should start no later than Five minutes after scheduled start time.  Allow for a brief warm-up and set-up of goals.  Duration of these games should allow for plenty of time for these to take place without delay.