9v9 Modified Rules (U11 / U12)

US Soccer 9v9 Initiatives

  • The field of play must be rectangular. The length of the touchline shall not be greater than the length of the goal line. The field of play shall be a minimum of 45 yards and maximum of 55 yards wide and a minimum of 70 yards and maximum of 80 yards long.
  • The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The center mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. The center circle shall be an 8-yard radius.
  • The goal size shall be 7 feet high and 21 feet wide.  Goal size shall not be less than 6.5 feet high and 18.5 feet wide. Goals must be securely anchored to the ground.
  • There shall be a penalty area at both ends of the field defined as follows: two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line. These lines are extended into the field of play for 14 yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel to the goal line that is 36 yards long. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the penalty area. Within each penalty area a penalty mark is made 10 yards from the goal line at the midpoint of the goal posts. An arc of a circle with a radius of 8 yards from each penalty mark is drawn outside the penalty area.
  • There shall be a goal area at both ends of the field defined as follows: two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line. These lines are extended into the field of play for 5 yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel to the goal line that is 12 yards long. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the goal area.
  • There shall be a spectator buffer line a minimum of one yard from the touch line. This line shall be a line one yard long one yard from the middle of the field to separate the spectators of each team. In addition, there shall be a line one yard long even with the top of the penalty area, past which spectators will not be permitted.
  • The technical area shall be one yard from the touchline and shall extend 10 yards from a point beginning one yard from the center of the field (2 yards apart).
  • The spectator buffer line and technical area are to be dashed lines to avoid confusion with field markings.
  • Goal kicks for U11 and U12 are taken either from the 6-yard line or from anywhere within the goal area.
  • Corner kicks are taken from the corner of the field.
  • Penalty kicks are taken from the penalty mark.
  • Defenders must be at least 8 yards away on all free kicks.
  • Teams play 9v9 (8 field players and a goal keeper).
  • If using a player with a Club Pass, that player’s name and number must be hand written on the lineup form and the player pass must be available for inspection.