MNSL supports US Youth Soccer Small Sided Games Rules

This is a development philosophy and playing standards for players 12 and younger.

Minor variations occur based on team numbers and field size.

MNSL U6 & U8 DIVISIONS

  • Size 3 ball

  • Shin guards are required

  • 4 v 4, no goalies

  • Four – 10 minute quarters, 5 minutes between quarters

  • Throw-ins should be taught; retry's are encouraged!

  • Coaches referee

  • Coaches direct substitutions

  • Indirect kick - yes

  • No Direct or Penalty kicks

  • No Offsides

  • All players should rotate through all positions during the game

  • Players MUST play half the game minimum

  • Deliberate heading is not allowed

  • Yellow/Red cards are not used however referees will instruct players

MNSL U10 DIVISION

  • Size 4 ball

  • Shin guards are required

  • 7 v 7 including goalie

  • Two – 25 minutes halves, 10 minute halftime

  • Throw-ins, repeat 1x with instruction, if necessary.  If still incorrect, other team gains possession

  • Indirect kicks – yes

  • No Direct or Penalty kicks

  • Offsides  - yes (with instruction)

  • All players should rotate through all positions during the game

  • Players MUST play half the game minimum

  • Deliberate heading is not allowed

  • Yellow/Red cards are not used however referees will instruct players

MNSL U12 DIVISION

  • Size 4 ball

  • Shin guards are required

  • 9 v 9 including goalie

  • Two – 30 minute halves, 10 minute halftime

  • Indirect, Direct and Penalty kicks – yes

  • Offsides – yes

  • Yellow/Red cards enforced

  • All players should rotate through all positions during the game

  • Players MUST play half the game minimum

  • Deliberate heading is not allowed

MNSL U14 Division

  • Size 5 ball

  • Shin guards are required

  • 11 v 11 including goalie

  • Two – 30 minute halves, 10 minute halftime

  • Indirect, Direct and Penalty kicks – yes

  • Offsides – yes

  • Yellow/Red cards enforced

  • Players MUST play half the game minimum

  • Heading is allowed

MNSL U16 - U19 DIVISION

  • Size 5 ball

  • Shin guards are required

  • 11 v 11 including goalie

  • Two – 45 minute halves, 10 minute halftime

  • Indirect, Direct and Penalty kicks – yes

  • Offsides – yes

  • Yellow/Red cards enforced

  • Players MUST play half the game minimum

  • Heading is allowed

OTHER INFORMATION

  • The FIFA Laws of the Game prohibit anything which is dangerous to a player or other players such as a cast, jewelry, including earrings and non-prescription glasses or sunglasses.

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