BAYS MODIFICATIONS to FIFA Playing Rules

The BAYS League has adopted the following modifications to the FIFA Laws of the the Game listed below:

Law

Short Description

Differences

1

Field of Play

See Law 1.

2

Ball

Size 4 for Grades 3-6. Size 5 for others.

3

Players/Sub/Injury

See Substitution Rules in Law 3

4

Player Equipment

See Law 4 for numbering requirements, brace restrictions, jewelry, and other miscellaneous. 

5

Referee

See substitute referee requirements under Law 5

6

Other Match Officials

Three person crew for Grade 8 and older.
Single referee for Grade 6 and younger. Assistant Referees for Grade 6 and below are not prohibited but are at club expense.
Additional officials beyond the requirements (e.g. Fourth) are also at club expense.

Substitute officials’ procedures and requirements are under Law 6.

7

Duration of Match

See Age Group Comparison Chart.
5-minute halftime interval.
Regular Season matches do not need to go to a result.

BAYS Playoffs are 2x10 extra time to completion for Grade 8 and older and 2x5 extra time for Grade 6 to be followed by Kicks from the Mark if necessary.

Presidents’ Cup are 2x5 extra time for all grade groups to be followed by Kicks from the Mark if necessary.
Referee has the option of omitting extra time if conditions (light, weather, etc.) warrant in the referee’s sole opinion.

8

Start & Restart of Play

No Change from FIFA

9

Ball In and Out of Play

No Change from FIFA

10

Method of Scoring

No Change from FIFA

11

Offside

Grades 3, 4, and U-HS 912 7v7 do not have the offside rule. 

12

Fouls and Misconduct

See Law 12 for no heading rule for Grade 6 and younger and consequence of caution (yellow) card and excess red cards.

13

Free Kicks

No Change from FIFA

14

Penalty Kicks

See Law 1 Fields for penalty spot distance for all ages.
Otherwise no change from FIFA for Grade 5 and older.
See Grade 3 & 4 procedures under Law 14.

15

Throw-In

No Change from FIFA

16

Goal Kick

No Change from FIFA for Grade 5 and older.
See Grade 3 & 4 under Law 16 for special procedures.

17

Corner Kick

No Change from FIFA