Field SizeAll D Division games should be played on 1/8 of a full field.
PlayersGames should be played with 7 players, includingthe goalkeeper.Short-sided games can be played if necessary, the coaches should discuss and agree in advance as to the numbers of players to be on the field. In all cases the number of players should be equal. ONE COACH FROM EACH TEAM IS TO ACT IN THE CAPACITY OF REFEREE. (see below).
GamesEach game is to be played within the span of one hour.To maximize your playing time, you should warm-up your team on the side lines prior to the appointed game time.To facilitate substitutions, quarters will be played.The length of the quarters will depend on starting times, but should be approximately 12 minutes.Remember, you have to be off the fieldON THE HOUR.
SubstitutionsYou may only substitute when your team has possession on a throw-in or goal kick, or corner kick. You must get the consent of the referee prior to makingsubstitutions.
Throw-inPlayers are allowed three attempts to make a legal throw-in.Both hands must leave the ball at the same time, both feet must be on the ground when the ball is released and the ball must pass directly over the head of the throwing player.If the referee deems the third throw-in illegal, it is turned over to the opposing team.
Corner Kick When the ball is kicked over the end line by the defending team, a corner kick is awarded to the offense. The ball is placed on the corner of the end line and sideline and the offense gets a free kick. Three attempts are allowed.If kicked out of bounds on the Third try, it becomes a goal kick for the opposing team.
Goal Kick When a ball is kicked over the end line by the offense, a goal kick is awarded to the defense. The ball is placed on the front of the penalty box and the defense gets a free kick. Players must move outside of the penalty box (10 yards back).The ball cannot be touched by another player until it clears the penalty box.
Penalty KicksAll fouls that occur (pushing, tripping, slide tackling, ect.) are Indirect Free Kicks.An IFK must touch another player prior to entering the goal in order to be a valid goal. If no touch occurs, no goal is awarded, and it is a goal kick for the opposition.Opposing players must be 10 yards back from the IFK.
OffsidesThe D Division does not play with an offside rule.
Heading Heading the ball at this level is not permitted.
Slide TackleNOT PERMITTED at this level.
Drop Balls There are no drop balls or at this level.
Fighting or Other Inappropriate BehaviorRemove the child from the field for the balance of the game. Review the rules of sportsmanship with the child. Emphasize that a second incident will result in their suspension for the remainder of the season.Coaches must be vigilant in enforcing the tenantsof good sportsmanship.
EquipmentSHIN GUARDS ARE MANDATORY. Coaches must check players prior togames.Cleats are optional.HELMETS FOR GOALKEEPERS ARE MANDATORY. must be worn. Mouth guards are optional at thislevel.
Scoring Only goals scored in the opposing team's net by the opposing team should be counted. If a defender inadvertently kicks the ball into his/her own goal, do not score the goal but award a corner kick.
Referees One coach or parent from each team is required to officiate the game. Please be aware of the rules before officiating.
Coaching One Coach from each team will act as a referee from their respective side line. Coaches, along with refereeing, should provide instructions and player encouragement from this area.
Playing TimeIn keeping with the philosophy of the league, all players should play for a minimum of one half of the game.
SpectatorsWe ask that spectators stay away from the end lines (behind the goals) and the team area if possible. There will be no fighting, smoking, or other inappropriate behavior tolerated towards participants, coaches, referees, or other spectators.
For questions concerning these rules, please contact the PBYS.