Season Schedules

 

Soccer Rules

Game Play

Westover Hills Sports is a developmental league. Please make sure to remember it is about the kids. Many times in youth sports coaches and parents will make the game about winning and forget the big picture which is to help improve and build teamwork skills. Three things to focus on are listed below:

  1. Teamwork: Please focus on working as a team and learning the fundamentals.
  2. Positions: All players should have the opportunity to play all positions.
  3. Playing Time: All players should play equal time.

 

4U and 6U Soccer

General Rules

  • Coaches on the field only

  • 5v5 players per team on field with no goalie

  • Minimum of 6 players, maximum of 12 per team

  • Mandatory 50% game time

  • No parents or coaches behind goal

  • No offside penalty

  • Only coaches and manger are allowed on team side of field.  Parents and siblings watch from parent side

  • Game consist of 4—8 minute quarters with 2 minutes between quarters and 5-minute halftime

  • Soccer ball should be size 3 for 4U and 6U

  • When ball goes out of bounds team who did not touch it last, will throw it in.

  • Goal Kick or Corner kicks are typical FIFA rules

  • All kicks are to be indirect

  • Goals are 4’ X 6’

  • Build out line will be on every field no less than 5 yards from the top of the penalty area.
    • 4v4 & 5v5 (Fields 1-6) use the half line
    • 7v7 (fields 7 & 8) will have an additional line (between GK box and half line) on each half.
    • This line must be visible (paint or with flat cones). 

 

 

8U, 10U and 12U Soccer

General Rules 

  • The game will be played 7v7 including the goalkeeper. (6 on field and 1 goalie)

  • The game will consist of Two, 20-minute halves with a 3-minute halftime.

  • Size 4 soccer ball.

  • Shin guards are mandatory and must be worn under socks.

  • The provided Westover Hills jersey must be worn in order to participate in games. Jerseys must be tucked in to shorts. No hats, jewelry or metal spiked cleats shall be allowed.

  • One coach from each team will be allowed on the playing field to instruct players.

  • All players not playing in the game must be on the bench.

  • Players must throw in the ball after any out of bounds play.

  • Substitutions are allowed at any point of the game.

  • No high kicks.

  • Offside violations will be called.

  • Absolutely no slide tacking.

  • Penalty Kicks will be 12 yards from the goal.

  • No punting (for goalkeeper) rule.

  • Build out line. Build out line will be on every field no less than 5 yards from the top of the penalty area. 4v4 & 5v5 (Fields 1-6) use the half line, 7v7 (fields 7 & 8) will have an additional line (between GK box and half line) on each half. This line must be visible (paint or with flat cones). 

  • On goal kicks: The defending team must drop behind the build out line. The opposing team’s players may cross the build out line after the attacker has received the ball/after the attackers first touch outside the box. 

  • On goalkeeper possession: The defending team must drop behind the build out line. The opposing team’s players may cross the build out line after the attacker has received the ball/after the attackers first touch outside the box

  • Punting Rule: Punting the ball (defined below) is not allowed in any game. a. If a GK punts the ball: 1st offense: play is stopped, the ball brought back to the GK who is allowed to play the ball using hands. Any subsequent offense, during the game, from the same team: play is stopped and the opposing team is awarded an indirect free kick on the midfield line. 

  • Definition of punting: a) Goalkeeper cradles the ball in the palm of the hand (or both hands) drives the kicking foot forward through the ball; the kicking leg comes forward on the follow through; step forward onto the kicking foot and then ball flights. Once the ball comes out of the goal area and out of the Goalkeeper's hands will be considered punting. b) It will be considered punting when the Goalkeeper drop kicks the ball. It involves a player dropping the ball and then kicking it when it bounces off the ground. 

  • Heading the ball is not allowed for 3-10 year olds: a. If a player heads the ball intentionally or unintentionally outside the penalty area, a drop ball shall be awarded at the spot the ball was headed at.

  • a) If a player heads the ball and deemed to be unintentional inside the penalty area, a drop ball is awarded on the closest build out line 

  • b) If a player heads the ball and it is deemed to be intentional and denies a clear goal-scoring opportunity a penalty is awarded. 

 

 

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