A Partnership of East Sacramento, Greenhaven, Land Park, and River Park
Metro Kids Soccer
U7 -U8 Guidelines
Playing the Game:
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.