Playing Rules and Regulations for BAYS Soccer Competition

Boston Area Youth Soccer League

FALL 2020 AND SPRING 2021 SEASONS

To BAYS Club Officials and Coaches:

 

Coaches and referees are reminded that the Laws of the Game, as adopted by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), are to be followed in all BAYS games unless otherwise specified in these playing rules. The Laws of the Game can be found in the 2019/2020 IFAB Laws of the Game as adopted by FIFA. It is recommended that you download the IFAB Laws of the Game app on your smartphone. It is free and available in the App Store or in Google Play. 

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding either the substance of the rules or the format of this rulebook, please forward them to your town’s representative on the BAYS Board of Directors, and we will be glad to discuss them.

 

Grade/Age Group Comparison Chart

 

Grade/Age group

Grade 12/PG

(Spring Only)

Grade 11

(Spring Only)

Grade
912

(U-HS)

Grade 8

Grades

 5 & 6

Grades
3 & 4

  Number of players

11v11

11v11

7v7

11v11

9v9

7v7

  Minimum # to start game

7

     8

6

8

7

6

  Minimum # to continue play

7

7

5

7

6

5

  Length of half (minutes)

45

40

30

35

30

30

  Ball size

5

5

5

5

4

4

  Offside rule?

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

  Penalty kick distance (yds)

12

12

12

12

10

8