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Game Duration
U6 games: 3x10 minutes
U8 games: 2x20 minutes
U10 & U12 games: 2x25 minutes
U14 & U16 games: 2x30 minutes
U17 2x35: minutes
5 minute halftime breaks

Game Format
U6:4v4 - (no ref, no goalkeeper, coach on the field OK) Field Size: 20x30
U8:7v7 - Field Size 45x60 (coach on the sidelines; not on the field, with GK)
U10:7v7 - Field Size 45x60
U12:9v9 - Field Size 45x75
U17:  7V7

Ball Sizes
U6-U8:size 3
U10-U12:size 4
U14-U19:size 5

Kickoff can be played with “one touch” in any direction.
Teams must play down to the number of players the opposing team has at the start of each game.  

To start the game this is the minimal number of players to start the game:

U8 - U10: 5 players
U12: 6 players
U14 - 7 players
U17- 7 players in the fall and 5 players in spring.

Teams that do NOT have the minimum number of players to start the game will forfeit.  There will be no reschedule.

U6: No offside and no cherry picking.
U8- Indirect free kicks only
U8-U10 - Build out line: The fields must be marked with a “Build out Line.” When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands or for a goal kick, the opposition must retreat behind the build out line. The opposition may not cross the build out line until the ball is put into play, the ball does not have to cross the penalty area boundary to be in play. The goalkeeper may choose to play the ball prior to the opposition being behind the build out line, but must then accept the consequences as the opposing players may then go for the ball. The goalkeeper may not punt or drop kick the ball; instead the goalkeeper may throw, pass, or roll the ball back into play. After releasing the ball the keeper may continue to play the ball.

• Build Out Line Offenses- If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball there will be an indirect free kick awarded to the opposition on the spot of the offense. If the offense occurs inside the goal area, then the free kick will be taken on the goal area line nearest to the point where the infringement occurred.

• Build Out Line – Offside Adjustment.  The build out line becomes the line at which an offside offense occurs. So between the half way line and the build out line, there is no offside offense.

• Build Out Line – Six Second Rule. The counting of the six second rule regarding the goalkeeper holding the ball only starts after all opposing players have moved behind the build out line.

U12 & above: offside will be enforced.


No Deliberate Heading for Age Groups U14 and Younger No deliberate heading of the ball is allowed by any player on a team registered as U14 or younger. An infraction of this rule will result in the referee restarting the game with an indirect free kick to the opposition. NOTE: It is the referee’s decision as to whether the header was deliberate or not. This includes U14 play as the new heading directive restricts heading in a game for players aged 12 and under – the U14 age group includes youth aged 12 and 13.

U6-U12: not allowed - an indirect free kick is awarded at the spot of the header.
If a header occurs inside the penalty area, the indirect free kick is from the top of penalty area.

Slide Tackling

U6-U12:no slide tackling. An indirect free kick is awarded at the spot of the slide tackle.  If a slide tackle occurs inside the penalty area, the indirect free kick is from the top of penalty area.

Punts/Drop Kicks

U8-U10 games -no punts or drop kicks allowed.  GK can roll/throw the ball out or pass it out with their feet.


Substitutions can be made on any stoppage with referee consent.

Playdown rule for ALL age groups:

At game time, if the opposing team is short the maximum number of players allowed on the field, the other team must also start the game with a matching number of players. If another player(s) arrives for the team that is short, both teams, upon the referee’s permission, may allow the player(s) to be added to the field of play.

Sportsmanship Rule:

The sportsmanship rule applies to the recreational teams only. If a team is up by 5 goals or more, the opposing team is required to pull one player. For example, a team up by 5 goals would pull a player off the field and play down by one player. A team up by 6 goals would pull 2 players, etc. No more than 3 players are to be off at one time….after the third player comes off no more should come off even the other team scores again.


Each teams fans should attempt to sit directly across from the team they are cheering for.

Coach Eligibility

Each coach must be registered with the Club and have an approved background check before the season begins and visibly display coaching pass.
Only two coaches allowed on the team sideline technical area during the match.
Coaches our referees will now use the "Ask Tell Dismiss"  You will get a warning for the first offense,  you will be shown a "Yellow card" for the second and a "Red Card" for the third.  If you are shown a 'Red Card"  you will need to leave the playing field.  (Distance is Sight and Sound)

Disciplinary Action

Players ejected from a match will be ineligible to participate in the team’s next match (red cards will not be handed out to our U6-U10 age groups).  Coaches cannot substitute for an ejected players.

Coaches ejected from a match must leave the fields and cannot come in any type of contact with his/her team, parents, referees, staff, spectators, or any other person involved in the game that he/she was involved in.  He/she will then serve a one-match suspension.
Any coach or parent ejected more than once in the same season will be subject to additional disciplinary action with includes the possibility of being banned for the remainder of that team's matches for that season.  The MYSA-AJAX PAD Committee will assess whether coach or parent will be allowed to return to the program the following season(s).

Hard Casts are not allowed.
Soft Casts/Braces will have to be approved by the Head Referee or MYSA Staff prior to each game.  Decisions will be made based on player safety.
Jewelry of any type is NOT allowed.  No Exceptions.
All decisions will be made based on player safety.

The MYSA-Ajax PAD Committee will review all disciplinary actions in order to handle all situations appropriately and in a timely manner.

Please obey all traffic laws,  MPD will enforce all traffic laws.




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