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Intramural Rules (Simplified)

TOPSC Intramural Rule Modifications/Consolidation Side By Side

U5 U6 U8 U10
Players 4 v 4
(5 v 5 at coach's discretion)
no goal keeper
4 v 4
(5 v 5 at coach's discretion)
 no goal keeper
6 v 6
(5 + goal keeper)
8 v 8
(7 + goal keeper)
Recommended Roster 7-10 players

7-10 players 9-11 players 11-13 players
Ball Size Club Provided Size 3 3 3 4
Field Size 30 yds L  x 20 yds W 30 yds L  x 20 yds W 50 yds L x 40 yds W Max 80 x 50 Min 70 x 40
Frame 4' H x 4' W 4' H x 4' W 6 1/2' H x 12' W 7' H x 21' W
Field Markings USYS Age group Addendum
Touch, Goal, Center, Corner and Circle only
USYS Age group Addendum
Touch, Goal, Center, Corner and Circle only
USYS Age group Addendum
Touch, Goal, Center, Corner, Circle, Penalty Box only
FIFA
Game Time 8-10 minute quarters
Coaches determine before each game based off of field/weather conditions, number of subs.
 8-10 minute quarters
Coaches determine before each game based off of field/weather conditions, number of subs.
10 - 12 minute quarters 25 minute halves
Half Time 2 min between quarters
5 min between halves
2 min between quarters
5 min between halves

5 min between halves
Goal Keeper None FIFA
Organization None Offense – Defense Defined shape
Referee Coaches Coaches Grade 9 + at least 3 years older than players
Rules U6 Modifications
U6 Addendum
U8 Modifications
U8 Addendum
U10 Modifications
U10 Addendum
Boundaries Play continues as much as possible - coaches make players aware of touch line perimeter and allow team that didn't put ball out of play to bring it back into play. Goal line is “loosely” called. Play continues as much as possible - coaches make players aware of touch line perimeter and allow team that didn't put ball out of play to bring it back into play. Goal line is “loosely” called. FIFA
Throw Ins Multiple opportunities to re-throw
Kick ins may be used
Single opportunity to re-throw
FIFA – with constructive verbal correction
Goal Kicks No goal kick box player places ball
few yards from goal line.  Follow free kick guidelines.  Opposing team should only half field press.
No goal kick box player places ball
few yards from goal line.  Follow free kick guidelines.  Opposing team should only half field press.
FIFA
 Corner Kicks Follow corner kick guidelines. Follow corner kick guidelines.
 FIFA
 FIFA
 Handball Verbal reminder Verbal warning – call for intentionally catching the ball FIFA FIFA
Offside None Fall none
Spring None however recommend transition for learning purposes.  Blatant infraction only with Coach approval
 Penalty Kicks No No No Yes
Slide Tackles Not permitted Not permitted.
 First offense verbal
 Second time out with sub
Not permitted.
First offense verbal
Second time out with sub
Free Kicks Direct only
4 yard request assumed
Radius of center arc
Direct only
4 yard request assumed
Radius of center arc
FIFA yield 8 yard request assumed
Radius of center arc
FIFA yield 10 yards
Radius of center arc
Discipline Corrective instruction
Coach Directed Time out
No Cards
Corrective instruction
Verbal warning
Referee Directed Time Out
Cards Discouraged
FIFA
Kick Offs/Starting the Game Reminded ball should move forward FIFA
Linesmen None Parent
Gear Shin guards required
 Jersey must be visible
 sweats/leggings permitted
FIFA – with relaxed color rules
Keeper must be identified by a different color jersey or pinnie
Substitutions Unlimited with stoppage of play Substitutions are unlimited by honored referee request.
Score Not kept and not encouraged Not Kept, players know the score and coaches should use it to reinforce coaching points
Hazards No jewelry or objects in mouth
Responsibility for Parents Coach Coach. Referee will address Parent issues with Coach.