In-Town Guidelines

The purpose of in-town soccer is for the children to have fun and learn how to play soccer.  Please remember to de-emphasize winning / losing / the score.



Games will be "4 versus 4" without goalkeepers for the 1st graders and "6 versus 6" with goalkeepers for the 2nd graders.

Two offensive players/two defensive players rotating every four to five minutes with equal playing time for all children - no exceptions.

Games are two 20-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime.

No score is kept.

Shin guards and appropriate socks must be worn for all games - no exceptions.

Players wear soccer cleats or sneakers - no shoes/platform sneakers/ or boots.

Players must remove all jewelry, chains, etc., before playing.

No slide tackling due to the potential of injury.  If a slide tackle occurs, the coaches should counsel the players to prevent further slide tackling.

Players will not kick the ball when someone has fallen near the ball.

In-town soccer is instructional. Keep the emphasis on having fun and learning the game, not on winning, losing, or keeping score.

Each team's coach will referee one-half of the field.

The coach will start and stop the game and assist the players in lining up for goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, etc.

1st graders:  No more than TWO adults on the field at a time. ONE is preferred.   
2nd graders:  No coaches allowed on the field.

"Goal kicks" are taken at the goal line after the ball has gone over the end line, and last touched by the Offensive player.  All players must be back approximately ten yards.  The opposite team's Defensive player takes the goal kick. The coach/referee should assist the children with where to stand and how to perform the goal kick properly.

"Throw-ins" are taken when the ball goes over the sideline. The opposing team's Defensive player takes the throw-in.  Incorrect throw-ins will be retaken after the children have been shown how to do it correctly.

"Corner kicks" are taken when the ball goes out over the end line and is last touched by the Defensive player.  The opposite team's Defensive player takes the corner kick. The coaches/referees should assist the children with where to stand and how to do it correctly.

All players and coaches must line up and shake hands with the opposing team at the end of each game.

Parents should not coach from the sidelines, i.e., "Tommy, pass the ball..." or "Jane, kick the ball..."

Parents should only encourage the children, i.e., "go, blue..." or "yeah, Jane..."