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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 field size is 50 yards x 85 yards for U-12 games with field markings as specified in the Laws of the Game. See diagram:  U12 Field Layout

Halfway line, 8 yard radius center circle

1 yard radius corner arcs

6 yard x 20 yard goal areas

14 yard x 35 yard penalty areas

A penalty mark 10 yards from each goal and penalty arcs extending 8 yards from the penalty mark.

The Goals:

Official size goals (8 feet high and 8 yards wide) are used in U-12 games.

The Ball:

A size 4 ball is used for U-12 games.

The Teams:

Each U-12 team should have a maximum of 12 on the roster.

Games are played with 9 players per team on the field (9v9) one of which is the goalkeeper.

Duration of Game:

U-12 games are 60-minutes in length and are played in two 30-thirty minute halves with substitutions allowed approximately 15 minutes into each half.  Substitution breaks in the middle of each half are 1 minute with the clock running.

The half-time break is 5-10 minutes. With the exceptions noted above, all other elements of the Laws of the Game apply to U-12 games.



AYSO certified Intermediate Referees or higher are required for U-10 and older games.  In the absence of a certified Intermediate Referee, a Regional Referee who also is a current AYSO volunteer or 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.


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

See the following link to AYSO Guideline 2015 or the LAWS OF THE GAME for U12 (ignore field dimensions listed in this pdf.  Refer to the Evanston AYSO website Rules for field dimensions above):   AYSOGuidelines2015

Additional Evanston AYSO Region Rules:


1.   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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