Players Under the Age of 19 (13-18 year olds)

We are thrilled to have you join us this soccer season! The recreational program is designed to be fun, to
provide an atmosphere of learning and encourage development of soccer skills! Focus should be on developing
skills to help them be successful in games. Examples are dribbling/passing/shooting. Teach pull backs, hook
turns, cut backs, crosses and shots after the inside, outside, laces dribbling patterns! There is to be equal play,
always, for all players regardless of ability. Although these players are older, smaller fields and fewer players
on the field will encourage more touches on the ball and increase skill development. Soccer is a “players’
game.” Decisions are made at the moment, on the field, by the players themselves. Coaches are encouraged to
direct the game from the sidelines keeping the momentum going and utilizing practices to teach skill
Basic rules:
 The Number of Players:
o 6 v 6, one of whom is the goalkeeper
o 5 field players, 1 goal keeper
 A minimum of 4 per team required to start play. Teams are recommended to be equal but
it is up to the coaches and teams to decide whether “borrowing” a player to create even
teams will be allowed.

 Substitutions:
o After a goal kick is called for either team
o After a goal by either team
o After a throw-in is called for your team (and the other teams’ if they are subbing)
o At halftime.
o You CANNOT sub on corners, or free kicks.
o Substitutions may ONLY OCCUR with the Referees’ permission (you can get their attention by
yelling “sub” and waiting for them to signal it is ok to sub).
o Players entering & leaving the field should do so at the halfway line.
 The Duration of the Match:
o The match is divided into two (2) halves of thirty (30) minutes each.
o Half-time interval of five (5) minutes.
 All time is kept by the Referee

 A registered referee will officiate each game. All rule infringements should be briefly explained to the
offending player.
 Throw-In:
o The method of restarting play.
o This is the only time a player other than the Goalkeeper is legally allowed to pick up the ball
with his hands.
o For a throw-in to be legal:

1. The ball must be thrown from behind & over the head
2. It must be thrown using both hands
3. The thrower must face the field
4. Both feet must be on the ground, either on or outside the side line
5. The ball must be throw-in from the place where it went out of bounds
 Referee’s usually let the throw-in be taken from the approximate point
where the ball went out of bounds

6. If the thrown ball does not enter the field, the throw-in is retaken by the same
 The thrower may not touch the ball again until it has touched another

7. The penalty for an illegal throw-in is that your team loses the ball & the other
team gets to take a throw-in from the same spot.
8. A goal MAY NOT be scored on a direct throw-in (i.e., it doesn’t count if it is
thrown into the goal without another player touching it first).
9. A player is not offside if he receives the ball direct from a throw-in.

 Game Ball:
o Size 5
 Offside: will be called by the referee
o You are not offside if you are doing any of the following:
 Are in your own half of the field (your half is the half your goalkeeper is on).
 Are even with or behind the ball.
 Don’t go past the “Second Last Defender” (The goalkeeper is usually, but not always, the
last defender; this might be the case if the goalkeeper is out of goal).
 Receive the ball direct from a goal kick, corner kick or throw-in. (But you can be offside
if you receive it direct on a “free kick”).
 Are the ballhandler (the ballhandler can be closer to the goal than the ball if he has his
back to the goal). The penalty for Offside is that an Indirect Free Kick is awarded to the
opposing team to be taken from the place where the offside occurred.

 No score or standings are kept, this program is about fun not competition. Avoid excessive starting and
stopping on the field.
 Weather:
o Games are not cancelled for any reason except lightning. That decision is only made at game
time on the field by referees and administrators at the soccer complex. Plan to play in all kinds of
exciting weather.
 Encourage your parents to cheer.
o Let the coaches “coach” and the parents “cheer.”
 Split the field between teams. Home team chooses the side of the field. Visiting team sits on the opposite
side. Parents sit on their team’s sidelines.
 Encourage everyone to pick up garbage (theirs and anyone else’s) after the game to help keep our fields
well- groomed.
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
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 –
 State UYSA –
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
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
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.