Policies & Procedures
House League Rules
Revised January 1, 2018
1. The Field of Play
U5 – Micro
approx. 15m x 20m, goals are approx. 1.2m high x 3.6m wide
U6 – Micro
approx. 20m x 30m, goals are approx. 1.2m high x 3.6m wide
U7-U10 – Mini
approx. 30m x 40m, goals are approx. 1.8m high x 5.4m wide
U12 – Intermediate
approx. 40m x 60m, goals are approx. 2.1m high x 6.3m wide
U15/U18 – Full
approx. 50m x 70m, goals are approx. 2.4m high x 7.2m wide
Refer to Field Diagrams for additional details.
Note: For the purposes of these rules, the units “yard (yd)” and “meter (m)” are considered to be equal and are to be approximated by one adult pace or step.
2. The Ball
U5/U6 Size 3
U7-U10 Size 4
U12 Size 4
U15/U18 Size 5
3. The Duration of the Game
U5 1 x 20min straight time.
U6 1 x 25min straight time.
U8 1 x 20min with 5 min half time.
U10 2 x 25min with 5 min half time.
U12 2 x 30min with 5 min half time.
U15 2 x 40min with 5 min half time.
U18 2 x 45min with 5 min half time.
Fair Play Code: In the event that there are player shortages or extreme heat, the coach from either team may approach the referee prior to the start of the game and request an additional 2 min. water break be given mid-way through the half.
4. The Number of Players
U5 3v3 or 4v4* with no goalkeeper.
U6 4v4 one of which is to be a goalkeeper.
U7-U10 7v7 one of which is to be a goalkeeper.
U12 9v9 one of which is to be a goalkeeper.
U15/U18 11v11 one of which is to be a goalkeeper.
* U5 ideally play 3v3, but allow 4v4 if required so that not more than half of the players are sitting out.
Fair Play Code: If a team has less than the required number of players then the coaches are encouraged to make arrangements to either share players or play with an equal number of players on the field.
U6 and younger
Unlimited substitutions may be made at any stoppage in the game. Substitutions should be made in coordination with the other team.
U8 and Older
Goalkeepers are only to be substituted at half time or if they suffer an injury.
At an appropriate stoppage in play, the coach is to address the referee and request a substitution. The referee will confirm permission to make the substitution. The referee may choose to disallow a substitution at any time and for any reason.
6. The Players’ Equipment
7. The Start and Restart of the Game
Definition of Kick-Off
A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:
The Ball in and out of play
The Ball is OUT of play when:
The Ball is is in play at other times, including when:
8. The Method of scoring
A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has crossed over the goal line between the goal posts and under the cross- bar.
When goal posts are not available and cones are used instead, a goal is scored when the ball passes between the cones without touching them, below 5 feet.
The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether a goal has been scored.
If, at any time during the match, one of the teams has amassed a 5 goal lead, then they are to play with 1 player less than the opposing team until the lead has been reduced to less than 5 goals, at which point they will return to playing with equal numbers.
There is NO offside in the U6, U7, U8 or U10 small-sided game.
10. Fouls and misconduct
The Game Leader must attempt to explain ALL infringements to the offending player.
Remember most acts of handball or fouls and misconduct at this level are caused by a
lack of coordination, with no intent.
Slide tacking is not allowed and an offence is punished by awarding the opposing team
a direct free kick from the location of the offence.
U8 and Younger
All free kicks are indirect. Play is restarted when the ball is kicked or passed. The ball
must be stationary before it is kicked. A goal may not be scored from an indirect free
kick until another player has touched the ball. All opposing players are to be a minimum
of 6m award from the position of the ball.
Ejection from the Game
If an ejection occurs (player receives either 2 yellow cards in one match, or a direct red
card) then the referee is to complete an Incident Report and submit it to the referee
coordinator immediately following the game.
11. Free kicks
All free kicks are indirect.
12. Penalty Kicks
There are no penalty kicks in the U6, U7 or U8 small-sided game.
13. Throw-ins & Kick-ins
U10 and older
U8 and younger
The ball is placed on the touchline at the location it went out of play. The ball is to be stationary and on the ground. The ball is passed in to play. The kicker cannot touch the ball again until it has been touched by another player. All opposition players are to be a minimum of 6yd away from the kicker.
U6 and younger
14. Goal Kick
A goal kick or dribble in is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line either on the ground or in the air, having last touched a player of either team, and a goal has not been scored.
The “Retreat Line”
The Ontario Soccer Association has introduced the “Retreat Line” to allow mini soccer players more time and space to make initial plays after restarts of play that begin with the goalkeeper. For all games other than full field (11v11) play, the opposing team is to be positioned beyond the retreat line (refer to Field Diagrams) on a goal kick or after the goalkeeper has made a save. The goalkeeper kicks the ball into play and the opposing team cannot advance beyond the retreat line until: the ball has been touched by another player; or the ball has advanced beyond the retreat line. The goalkeeper can choose to play the ball before the players have fully retreated. If the goalkeeper plays the ball before the players have fully retreated then the ball is considered to be immediately “in play”.
15. Additional Information
Parents and Spectators
Refer to the published Field Diagrams for the location of the designated player and spectator areas. Players, coaches, and spectators are required to stay back a minimum of 2m from the edge of the field.
Parents/guardians for children under 8 years old are expected to remain near the field (but in the designated spectator areas) at all times. Parents/guardians for children under 8 years old who fail to comply with this rule may be subject to de-registration.
Tournament and Festival Rules
Tournaments and Festivals will be organized for divisions at various times. Tournament specific rules will be published in advance and where there is a conflict with these rules, the tournament specific rules will be given precedence.
Fair Play Code
All house league games are to be governed by a Fair Play Code which emphasizes sportsmanship, and the safety, wellbeing, and enjoyment of the player above all other concerns.
Every house league player is entitled to receive fair playing time. Rule of thumb: coaches shall ensure that every able-bodied player is on the field for at least 50% of a game (for example 25min of a 50min game). Players also need to be given adequate rest and hydration breaks during a game to ensure their safety, therefore no player is to play more than 80% of a game (for example 40min of a 50min game). Exceptions to this rule are for the goalkeeper who may play the full game, to account for player shortages, and to account for any injuries or fitness concerns.
Coaches, parents, players, and spectators are encouraged to keep in mind that the governing principles behind recreational sport are: Fun, Fitness, and Fair Play. The actual score in an individual match is not a good indicator of success. As such, no league standings are kept and the results of any individual match should not be overemphasized.
Any events that involve behaviour that contravenes the TMSC Policies or significant breaches of the TMSC Codes of Conduct should be reported in writing. An Incident Report form is to be completed and submitted to the Referee Coordinator.