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Also see the AYSO LAWS of the GAME link (scroll down) for further explanation.  Evanston AYSO Region #735 rules will overrule AYSO Guidelines.

The Field:

The recommended field size for U-10 games is 40 yards x 60 yards with the following field markings:  See diagram pdf:  U10 Field Layout

Halfway line, 6 yard radius center circle.

1 yard radius corner arcs.

4 yard x 16 yard goal areas.

12 yards x 28 yard penalty areas.

A penalty mark 8 yards from each goal and penalty arcs extending 6 yards from the penalty mark.

The Goals:

The goals in U-10 games should be a maximum of 7 feet high and 7 yards wide.

The Ball:

A size 4 ball is used for U-10 games.

The Teams:

Each U-10 team should have a maximum of 10 on the roster. Games are played with 7 players per team on the field (7v7) one of which is a goalkeeper.

Player Equipment:

Shoes and shinguards covered by the socks are mandatory at all practices and game activities.

Soccer shoes, tennis shoes or similar type athletic shoes are recommended.

The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.  A toe cleat such as on baseball cleats is allowable.  Metal cleats are not allowable.  See the cleat explanation link.

Uniform:  As issued by the region – NO Names or alterations


AYSO certified Regional Referees or higher are required for U-10 and older games.  In the absence of a certified Regional Referee or higher who also is a current AYSO volunteer, coaches from either or both teams will act as officials.

Be a thinking referee who only interferes with play when necessary for the safety of the players and the good of the game. The game belongs to the players.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesperson:

If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification or higher may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience.

If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who

may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.

Duration of Game:

U-10 games are fifty minutes and are played in two 25-minute halves with substitutions allowed approximately 12 1⁄2 minutes into each half. The half-time break is 5-10 minutes.  Substitutions at the 12 1/2 minute mark will be no longer than 1 minute.  The clock runs during the substitution break.


Opponents must be at least 8 yards from the ball during the kick-off in U-10 games.


The Offside Law applies in U-10 and older games. Offside is a simple Law easily misunderstood by those new to the game. Refer to the Laws of the Game for more information regarding the Offside Law.


For U-10 and older games, all fouls identified in Law 12 apply. Refer to the Laws of the Game for more information. Although there is now the potential for more fouls, referees must still remember that only deliberate breaches of the Law merit stopping the game and that constant whistling for trifling or doubtful breaches produces bad feeling and loss of temper on the part of the players and spoils the pleasure of the spectators. Maximize playing time - minimize stoppages.


Misconduct should still be relatively rare in U-10 games. Coaches at all levels of play have the option of calling players to the touchline to receive a few words of “positive instruction” concerning the player’s behavior. A coach also has the option of telling a player to ask the referee for permission to leave the field and then, after getting the player under control, having the player request permission from the referee to reenter the game. The referee should permit these requests. However, substitution is not allowed for the player leaving the field in this situation.

Free Kicks:

Opponents must be at least 8 yards from the ball or on the goal line between the goal posts during free kicks in U-10 games.

Free kicks, in U-10 and older games, may be either direct (may score directly) or indirect (must be touched or played by another player before a goal can be scored). Refer to the Laws of the Game for further details.

Penalty Kicks:

Penalty kicks may be awarded in U-10 and older games.

A penalty kick results from a player committing one of the ten direct free kick fouls inside his or her own (defending) penalty area. The penalty kick is taken from the penalty mark with all other players outside the penalty area and behind the penalty mark (except for the opposing goalkeeper). Refer to the Laws of the Game for further details.


Second chances are not given for improper throw-ins for U10 and older players.

An improper throw-in results in a throw-in for the opposing team. The referee must judge if indeed the throw-in violated the spirit of the Throw-in Law or if the violation was trifling and not worthy of stopping play.

Keep the game moving and minimize unnecessary interruptions.

Goal Kick:

The ball is not in play and cannot be touched or played by either team until it has been kicked beyond the penalty area into the field of play in U-10 and older games.

The goal kick is retaken if the ball is touched or played by either team before leaving the penalty area.

Corner Kick:

The opposing team must be at least 8 yards from the corner arc (9 yards from the corner) when the corner kick is taken in U-10 games.


See the following link for additional info on the LAWS OF THE GAME (ignore field dimensions listed in this pdf.  Refer to the Evanston AYSO website Rules for field dimensions above)


Additional Evanston AYSO Region Rules:

  • I.  HEADING THE BALL1.   Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games.

    Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.

    2.   An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.

    a. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

    b. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

    3.   Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.


Region standings are not recorded.

Game scores are not posted.

No individual should be allowed to run the length of the field except participants of the game

Parents and coaches should encourage players.

Spectators are not allowed behind either goal or within three (3) yards outside the touchline

It is the responsibility of coaches, referees AND parents to be knowledgeable of Evanston AYSO Rules of the Game.

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