Playing the Game:

  • Teams will be divided into two (2) groups and play two 4v4 games simultaneously on adjacent fields.

  • Re-shuffling of players may occur during each quarter break to avoid lopsided situations.

  • If a team shows up with too few players to field a team, they may borrow players from the opposing team. NO forfeits; the focus is on playing the game and having fun.

  • Metro Kids Soccer will use Team Sideline or another program to schedule games.

  • Length of season shall mirror that of SYSL’s older age groups unless a club within the partnership wishes to opt out earlier. That decision must be made by a member club before the season begins.

  • All teams are guaranteed at least ten (10) total games.

  • U7 games are facilitated by coaches and assistant coaches. NOTE: All coaches /parents involved in facilitating games must pass a background check. They may move along the sideline but may NOT be on the field.

  • U8 games are facilitated by a referee (see section below for details).

  • Each quarter begins with a kick off. The kick off must be a pass to another teammate. See the playing rules for specifics.

  • After every goal (ball in the net), the game is re-started with the team that did not score kicking off in the manner described above.

  • Failure to pass the ball with the first kick results in a change of possession. The defending team gets a throw in at mid field. However, referees (U8) and coach facilitators (U7) have the discretion to offer a re-try.

  • Players may shoot and defend within the Halo Zone, but they must be moving; no standing. See the playing rules for specifics. “Violations” will result in a throw in for the other team.

  • All balls out of bounds on the sideline will result in a throw in for the other team from the sideline.

  • All balls out of bounds by the attacking players at the goal line will result in a “goal kick." See playing rules for specifics.

  •  All balls out of bounds by the defending team at their goal line result in a throw in for the other team along the sideline.

  •  “Balls in the net” will be kept track of by a team parent or parent volunteer. Scores need to be tracked for seeding purposes, but the focus shall NOT be on the score and/or winning and losing. It is all about fun.

  • Coaches will be mindful of sportsmanship during games that become too lopsided in terms of goal scoring, and will take appropriate measures to even out the score and keep the game fun for everyone.

  • Scores will be kept using a “game log” (similar to a score card) that will be available on each club’s web site, as well as the Metro Kids Soccer web site.

  • Scores will be reported to the respective club’s Age Group Coordinator.

  • Each club will keep a spreadsheet with all game results.

  • No results or standings will be posted for public viewing.

  • Re-seeding may take place every two weeks (if needed).

  • Substitutions may be done by either team on any dead ball situation.

  • Each player must play at least 50% of the game.

  • If possible, home team with their spectators will be on one side of the field and the visiting team with their spectators will be on the opposite side of the field. Field lay out may prevent this from occurring.

  • Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their spectators. Each club will enforce their code of conduct.



  • Field size shall be a minimum of 20x30 yards (try for at least 25x35) and maximum 30x50.

  • Fields for both U7 and U8 must be adjacent to each other with rooms for coaches, players and spectators.

  • Any open space in a park shall suffice for fields, as long as they are marked with cones or lines.

  • BOWNETS measuring four by six feet (4’x6’) will be used as goals and each field should have a “halo zone” in front of each pugg which is a no player zone – no shooting from within the zone and no defender may stand in the zone. Players may move through the zone but may not stand in the zone.

  • The halo zone shall be rectangular in shape and consist of fifteen (15) foot lines running perpendicular to the goal line, beginning three (3) feet from both sides of the pugg, connected by a line at the top. Similar to a basketball “key." The measurement from the top of the line to the goal line shall be no longer than fifteen (15) feet.

  • Total size of the halo zone is twelve feet by fifteen feet (12’x15’).


Duration of Game:

  • Four (4) quarters of eight (8) minutes each; with a five (5) minute break in between each quarter. If both teams are ready before five (5) minutes, play can resume. In order to keep the games on schedule, the teams will be on the field ready to play at the five (5) minute mark.

  • Time during U7 games will be kept by the home coach or parent volunteer.Time during U8 game will be kept by the referee.

  • Games will be scheduled in one (1) hour blocks.



  • No referees in U7.

  • One (1) referee per field in U8. Will aid in referee development, and also serve as a marker of progression/ development for the players. If a referee does not show up or cannot be scheduled, the game will be played with coaches as facilitators.

  • U8 referees will be mostly game facilitators; calling possessions, “halo zone” violations, etc. Each “foul” results in a change of possession to be taken via a throw in.

  • U8 referees will be paid $10 per game by the home team.

  •  Clubs will schedule referees for their home fields.        

U7 - U8 Guidelines

Metro Kids Soccer

A Partnership of East Sacramento, Greenhaven, Land Park, and River Park