-Objective: maximum touches on the ball for every player.
-Games are on Saturdays; times will vary but most are in the morning. Games actually involve a 30min. practice and 30min. game time.
-Each team can hold an optional practice once a week, but no more than that, and the practice can last no longer than 45min. A 30min. practice and 15 min. scrimmage is suggested.
-This is a 3v3 game with NO goalkeepers or sweepers.
-A referee is NOT assigned to games. 1 coach from each team will stay on the field to help players understand the game, keep time, stop/restart, and direction of play. When play is stopped for a foul, an explanation should be given to the players as to why the call was made.
-Each game consists of 4 quarters at 8 minutes each. There shall be a 2-minute break between each quarter and a 5 min. half (switch sides at half).
-Each player shall play a minimum of two full quarters. Each player shall sit out one quarter when four or more players are present on a team.
-Substitutions can occur at quarters, halftime, goal kicks, after a goal (either team), or after play stopped due to injury (either team).
-It is recommended the coach assign a buddy system for substitutions so players know who they are replacing when the coach tells them it’s time to sub.
-A T-shirt will be provided by OSC for each player.
-Each player must have shin guards, socks-which must fully cover shin guards, and shorts (we suggest black) to play in games.
-Cleats are NOT required.
-No jewelry, necklaces, earrings, etc.
-A size 3 ball is used for this age group.
Rules/Definitions of the game
Kick Off: Opponent must be 3 yards from center mark at kickoff (outside of circle). The player may not kick the ball twice in a row – it must be touched by another player first. A goal may NOT be scored from a kickoff in this age group.
Ball Out of Play: Entire ball must be completely across touchline or goal line or if the Official (coach) has blown the whistle to stop play.
Scoring: Entire ball must pass completely across the goal line, between goal posts, and under crossbar.
Fouls and Misconduct: Conforms to FIFA except no cautions or ejections may be issued to players or coaches except by a neutral licensed referee.
Hand Ball: When the player uses any part of their body, from their shoulder to their finger tip to INTENTIONALLY touch the ball.
Direct and Indirect Kicks: An indirect kick is when another player (from either team) must touch the ball BEFORE a goal can be scored and Direct is when a player can kick the ball directly at the goal and score.
Free Kick: All free kicks are indirect. Opponents must be 3 yards away.
Penalty Kicks: There are no penalty kicks in a small-sided game.
Off Sides: There are no off sides in a small-sided game.
Touch-Line: A line that runs along the length of the field on each side, also known as a sideline.
End/Goal Line: A line marking an end or boundary at either end of the soccer field and parallel to the goal line.
Throw-ins: Optional and can be done as a throw-in or a kick-in. Occurs when the entire ball completely crosses the touch-line. Is considered an Indirect Free Kick for scoring and opponents must be 3 yards away.
Goal Kick: Occurs when an offensive player kicks the ball past the end/goal line, the defense will kick the ball back into play. U5’s will take their goal kicks from the end/goal line and opponents must be 6 yards away.
Corner Kick: Occurs when a defensive player kicks the ball past the end/goal line, and the offense is awarded the ball. For U5’s the kick is considered an Indirect Kick (must touch another player before scoring) and opponents must be 3 yards away.
The following is not permitted towards another player (nor is the attempt to do any of these permitted):
No pushing (especially with elbows) No tripping No kicking
No charging No striking No holding
Conduct for Parents, Players and Coaches
-Encourage ALL players on the field.
-Shake hands with the other team and coach after each game.
-Show good sportsmanship, and show respect to all players and coaches.
-No smoking is allowed on any game or practice field. OSC is committed to providing a healthy environment and example for all our players.
-No alcoholic beverages are allowed on any game or practice field.