7v7 Modified Rules (U9 / U10)

US Soccer 7v7 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 35 yards and maximum of 45 yards wide and a minimum of 55 yards and maximum of 65 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 recommended goal size shall be 6.5 feet high and 18.0 feet wide.  Goal size shall not be less than 6.5 feet high and 12.0 feet wide.  Goal size shall not exceed 7 feet high and 21 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 12 yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel to the goal line that is 24 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 4 yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel to the goal line that is 8 yards long. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the goal area.
  • There shall be a BUILD OUT LINE marked equidistant between the penalty area line and halfway line on each side of the field. This build out line can either be striped in a different color paint or marked by cones off of the touchline on each side of the field.
  • When the goalkeeper is in control of the ball (either from a goal kick or from the run of play) the opposing team must all retreat behind the BUILD OUT LINE.
  • The BUILD OUT LINES are required for 7v7 play at the U9 and U10 age groups. The BUILD OUT LINE is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting.
  • 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 U09 and U10 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 7v7 (6 field players and a goal keeper).