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Recreational Rules

Coaches’ Box:
Coaches and Assistant Coaches are required to stay inside the coach’s box marked on the opposite side of the field from the spectators. No parents/spectators are allowed in the coach’s box or behind the goals.
 

Playing Time:
Each player SHALL play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time of each game. Players must have a chance to play offense and defense to ensure technical development.
 

Player Equipment:
Shin guards are MANDATORY and are to be worn under socks against the skin at practice and on game day. This is MANDATORY! Tennis shoes or soft cleat soccer shoes are allowed. Players during the game are not allowed to wear jewelry including earrings. The no jewelry policy applies to starter earrings also. For the sake of your child, do not have their ears pierced immediately before or during the soccer season as earrings will have to be removed during games. This policy is for the safety of all children.
 

Parent Reminder:
Please remind all parents that NO PETS, NO NOISEMAKERS and NO SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS on game day. NO SMOKING except in designated smoking areas.
 

Coaches Reminder:
As the coach you are responsible for the actions of your players and their parents/spectators. If you, your assistant coach, players or parent/spectators behave in an unacceptable manner the consequences may include being told to leave the field by a referee, a suspension from attending games, possible expulsion from the Rotary Soccer Park, expulsion from North Rutherford Soccer Association and possible disciplinary actions.

Do not yell at, nor question the referee or assistant referees during or after the game. Questions regarding the officiating must be directed to the Directory of Referees, Assigner or any Board Member.

Build Out Line (7v7):
The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting is not allowed). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper and received by his teammate, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.

 

AGE BALL SIZE PLAYERS GAME DURATION OFFSIDE PUNTING
U5
5 years old & younger
3 4 v 4
No Goal Keeper
4 quarters
8 minutes each
NO NO
U6
6 years old & younger
3 4 v 4
No Goal Keeper
4 quarters
8 minutes each
NO NO
U7
7 years old & younger
3 4 v 4
No Goal Keeper
4 quarters
10 minutes each
NO NO
U8
8 years old & younger
3 4 v 4
No Goal Keeper
4 quarters
10 minutes each
NO NO
U9
9 years old & younger
4 7 v 7 4 quarters
12.5 minutes each
YES NO
U10
10 years old & younger
4 7 v 7 4 quarters
12.5 minutes each
YES NO
U12
12 years old & younger
4 9 v 9 2 halves
30 minutes each
YES NO
U14
14 years old & younger
5 9 v 9 2 halves
35 minutes each
YES NO
U18
18 years old & younger
5 9 v 9 2 halves
45 minutes each
YES NO