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U5-6 Recreational Rules

Age: 4-5 years old 
Gender: Coed 
Players on Field: 4 v 4 (all field players - no keepers) 
Minimum # on Field:
Total Players per Team: 6-8 
Referees: 0 (coaches oversee game) 
Ball size:
Substitutions: Any stoppage, and or, on the fly (during flow of match if it does not interrupt current play)


Duration of Game:

4 x 8-minute quarters 
2 minutes between quarters 5 minutes at half time 
41 minutes total time

Laws:

FIFA Laws of the game, except

No deliberate heading the ball (indirect kick for other team) 
No slide tackling 
No goalkeeper 
Play starts from pullback instead of kick-off 
All kick-ins (no throw-ins) 
All indirect kicks

No penalty kicks

No offside calls (No “poaching”, leaving a player close to attacking goal)

Coaches explain various calls/rules to players during game play as a teaching aid.

No scores/standings kept

Special Laws:

No "camping out" in front of the goal to simulate a goalkeeper.

Opposing players must be 5 yards from the ball on goal kicks, corner kicks and free kicks. 

Goal kicks taken from point approximately 1/2 distance from goal post to corner flag

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