U8 & U6

We are thrilled to have you join us this soccer season! Please remember this is recreation, not
competition. The goal is to have fun, learn the game of soccer and develop soccer skills! The focus should be on
developing skills to help them be successful in games. An example is dribbling – “inside, outside, laces” with
lots of repetition to see improvement. You may also begin teaching pull backs and hook turns! The score is
irrelevant. Encourage correct development of skills not “winning.”
We play a “Dual Field” system. Below explains how this is set up and run.
Coaches responsibilities:
 Home Team Coach – supervises one field (both teams)
 Visiting Team Coach – supervises the other field (both teams).
 Assistants – stand on the sidelines at mid field (not on the field).
Each field has only one adult who keeps the game flowing. Use the whistle to get players attention if needed,
but let the kids play. No mistakes are made at this age.
Home team players will be assigned a field by the coach and stay on that field for the entire game. Visiting
Team players will also be assigned a field to begin and at half-time, the two visiting teams will switch fields.
Spectators will turn the chair around to continue cheering.
Game Play – Basic rules and guidelines
 Game Ball: size 3
 The Number of Players:
o U6/U8 = 4v4;
o There are no goalkeepers in these age groups.
 The Duration of the Match: The match shall be divided into
o Four (4) equal, ten (10) minute quarters.
o Five (5) minute break between quarters
o Five (5) minute half-time.
 Substitutions:
o Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any time
 The Referee:
o Home team head coach supervises/referees one field for safety sake.
o The visiting team head coach supervises/referees the second field for safety sake.
All rule infringements shall be briefly explained to the offending player.
 ‘Do-overs’ should be a regular occurrence allowed by the coach supervising the game.

 Fouls and Misconduct:
o No caution or send off shall be issued to players.
 If a child is acting out of control, the coach will make a substitution of that player to give
the child a chance to calm down before returning to play.

 Kick offs, free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks are used to start or restart play
Kick-ins and/or dribble-ins are also acceptable
 If used, all free kicks are indirect
 Opponents should be 10 feet away from the ball on all restarts
 No penalty kicks
 No offside
 Goal Kicks:
o The ball will be placed the in goal box. The defending players must stand at least four yards
away from the ball until it is in play.

 The Corner Kick:
o The defending players must stand at least four yards away from the ball until it is in play.
 No score or standings should be kept. Coaches should remind parents the primary objective is fun, skill
development and improvement with each game.
 Weather: Games are not canceled for any reason except lightning. That decision is only made at game
time on the field by administrators at the complex. Plan to play in all kinds of exciting weather.
Registrations will continue to be accepted and players will be added to your teams throughout the fall and into
spring seasons. Coordinators will contact coaches when an addition is made. Each team should have a Head
Coach, 1-2 Assistant Coaches and several Team Parents who are assigned by the coach to help with
communication, treat schedules, distributing uniforms and helping with unifying parties and activities.
Head Coaches decide when and where to practice. Practices may not be held at Lakeside. All city and school
parks are available for soccer practices.
How to check the team on the computer:
1. Go to www.uysa.oys.affinitysoccer.com)
2. Top left, click on “user login”
3. Type in the user name and password you used/created to register your player (if you don’t remember it,
click on “forgot password” and follow instructions – note: the affinity website works best in the web
browser internet explorer)
4. You will see on the screen your family information.
5. Click on the child you are looking for
6. Click on the tab that says, TEAMS.
7. This will show your team name and information.
* You may also click on “view” link on the right of the line to see the team roster.
Resources: They are now endless. Search on the internet for helpful websites and Youtube videos.
 Local OYS – http://www.oremyouthsoccer.net
 State UYSA – http://www.utahyouthsoccer.net
o Click on resources
o And then archives and there should be plenty of practice plans you can use.

Thank you for volunteering. OYS is a 100% Volunteer Organization and we are always looking for great people
to join us.
New Heading policy:
The new policies will prohibit Heading in all U12 (2005 Birth Year) and younger games and practice/training’s
(U10 and U9 or 2007 and 2008 Birth Years). These will be effective Starting August 15th, 2016 for all UYSA
games.
If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing
team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick

should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement
occurred.
Again please note that it is recommended that U9, U10 and U11 (2008, 2007 and 2006 birth years) do not
practice heading during training.
If a player is playing up in an older age group (ex: A 2006 player playing with a U12 (2005) team), please note
that players who are 10 and younger should not be heading the ball regardless of the age group in which they
play. This requires education and support from the coach and parent to instruct the player accordingly.
For U12, U13 and U14 Players (2005, 2004 and 2003 Birth Year currently) heading is allowed in games but it is
recommended that it be limited in practice to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20
headers per player, per week. U.S. Soccer will provide this information in its coaching education courses and
will direct coaches to check with their local rules of competition to see if the recommendation has been adopted
by the applicable member.