The Rules of the Game  
     
     
 

The official rules of the game, as authorized by the Federation Internationale De Football Association (FIFA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), will apply in all cases except as modified by the Hammonton Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) rules. The 17 FIFA Laws of Soccer can be found in each link below. The HYSA modifications have been included within each rule.

 
 
 
Law 1. The Field   Law 10. The Method of Scoring
Law 2. The Ball   Law 11. Offside (rule)
Law 3. The Number of Players   Law 12. Fouls and Misconduct
Law 4. The Player's Equipment   Law 13. Free Kicks
Law 5. The Referee   Law 14. The Penalty Kick
Law 6. The Assistant Referee   Law 15. The Throw In
Law 7. The Duration of the Match   Law 16. The Goal Kick
Law 8. The Start and Restart of Play   Law 17. The Corner Kick
Law 9. The Ball In and Out of Play    
 
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Law 1. The Field
 

DIMENSIONS
The field of play must be rectangular. The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line.
Length: minimum 90 m (100 yds) maximum 120 m (130 yds)
Width: minimum 45 m (50 yds) maximum 90 m (100 yds)

U7-U8 Division: The length of the field will be 50 yds; the width will be 30 yds.
U9-U10 Division: The length of the field will be 60 yds; the width will be 40 yds.
U11-U12 Division: The length of the field will be 80 yds; the width will be 50 yds.
U-13-U15: The length of the field will be 80 yds; the width will be 50 yds.


INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
Length: minimum 100 m (110 yds) maximum 110 m (120 yds)
Width: minimum 64 m (70 yds) maximum 75 m (80 yds)

FIELD MARKINGS
The field of play is marked with lines. These lines belong to the areas of which they are boundaries. The two longer boundary lines are called touch lines. The two shorter lines are called goal lines. All lines are not more than 12 cm (5 ins) wide. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 9.15 m (10 yds) is marked around it.

U7-U8 Division: The center circle will have a radius of 5 yds.
U9-U10 Division: The center circle will have a radius of 8 yds.


THE GOAL AREA
A goal area is defined at each end of the field as follows: Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 5.5 m (6 yds) from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of 5.5 m (6 yds) and are joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the goal area.

U7-U8 Division: The goal area will be 3 yds by 10 yds, centered around the goal.
U9-U10 Division: The goal area will be 4 yds by 16 yds, centered around the goal.

THE PENALTY AREA
A penalty area is defined at each end of the field as follows: Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 16.5 m (18 yds) from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of 16.5 m (18 yds) and are joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the penalty area. Within each penalty area a penalty mark is made 11 m (12 yds) from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them. An arc of a circle with a radius of 9.15 m (10 yds) from each penalty mark is drawn outside the penalty area.

U7-U8 Division: The penalty area will be 11 yds by 26 yds.
U9-U10 Division: The penalty area will be 14 yds by 36 yds.


FLAGPOSTS
A flagpost, not less than 1.5 m (5 ft) high, with a non-pointed top and a flag is placed at each corner. Flagposts may also be placed at each end of the halfway line, not less than 1m (1 yd) outside the touch line.

THE CORNER ARC
A quarter circle with a radius of 1 m (1 yd) from each corner flagpost is drawn inside the field of play.

GOALS
Goals must be placed on the centre of each goal line. They consist of two upright posts equidistant from the corner flagposts and joined at the top by a horizontal crossbar. The distance between the posts is 7.32 m (8 yds) and the distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is 2.44 m (8ft). Both goalposts and the crossbar have the same width and depth which do not exceed 12 cm (5 ins). The goal lines are the same width as that of the goalposts and the crossbar. Nets may be attached to the goals and the ground behind the goal, provided that they are properly supported and do not interfere with the goalkeeper. The goalposts and crossbars must be white.

U7-U8 Division: The distance between the goal posts will be 6 yds.
U9-U10 Division: The distance between the goal posts will be 6 yds.


SAFETY
Goals must be anchored securely to the ground. Portable goals may only be used if they satisfy this requirement.

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Law 2. The Ball
 

QUALITIES AND MEASUREMENTS
The ball is:
· spherical
· made of leather or other suitable material
· of a circumference of not more than 70 cm (28 ins) and not less than 6 8 cm (27 ins)
· not more than 450 g (16 oz) in weight and not less than 410 g (14 oz) at the start of the match
· of a pressure equal to 0.6 – 1.1 atmosphere (600 – 1100 g/cm2) at sea level (8.5 lbs/sq in 15.6 lbs/sq in)

U7-U8 Division: A #3 size ball will be used.
U9-U10 Division: A #4 size ball will be used.
U11-U12 Division: A #4 size ball will be used.
U-13-U15 Division: A #5 size ball will be used.

REPLACEMENT OF A DEFECTIVE BALL
If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a match:
· the match is stopped
· the match is restarted by dropping the replacement ball at the place where the first ball became defective

If the ball bursts or becomes defective whilst not in play at a kick-off, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, penalty kick or throw-in:
· the ball is replaced and the match is restarted accordingly

The ball may not be changed during the match without the authority of the referee.

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Law 3. The Number of Players
 

PLAYERS
A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than eleven players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than seven players.

U7-U8 Division: Teams will play 7 per side, including the goalkeeper, and must have at least 5 players to start a match. All players must play a minimum of 2 periods. No player shall play more than one period more than any other player. Players shall be rotated into different lines each period, except for the goalkeeper, who may remain in goal for no more than 2 consecutive periods.
U9-U10 Division: Teams will play 7 per side, including the goalkeeper, and must have at least 5 players to start a match. All players must play a minimum of 2 periods. No player shall play more than one period more than any other player. Players shall be rotated into different lines each period, except for the goalkeeper, who may remain in goal for no more than 2 consecutive periods.
U11-U12 Division: Teams will play 7 per side, including the goalkeeper, and must have at least 5 players to start a match. All players must play a minimum of 2 periods. No player shall play more than one period more than any other player. Players shall be rotated into different lines each period, except for the goalkeeper, who may remain in goal for no more than 2 consecutive periods.
U-13-U15 Division: Teams will play 8 per side, including the goalkeeper, and must have at least 6 players to start a match. All players must play a minimum of 2 periods. No player shall play more than one period more than any other player. Rotation of players is not mandatory, but is recommended to encourage continued growth of all soccer skills.

OFFICIAL COMPETITIONS
Up to a maximum of three substitutes may be used in any match played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA, the confederations or the national associations. The rules of the competition must state how many substitutes may be nominated, from three up to a maximum of seven.

OTHER MATCHES
In other matches, up to five substitutes may be used, provided that:
· the teams concerned reach agreement on a maximum number
· the referee is informed before the match
If the referee is not informed, or if no agreement is reached before the start of the match, no more than three substitutes are allowed.

U7-U8 Division: There will be no limit to the number of substitutions.
U9-U10 Division: There will be no limit to the number of substitutions.
U11-U12 Division: There will be no limit to the number of substitutions.
U-13-U15 Division: There will be no limit to the number of substitutions.

ALL MATCHES
In all matches the names of the substitutes must be given to the referee prior to the start of the match. Substitutes not so named may not take part in the match.

SUBSTITUTION PROCEDURE
To replace a player by a substitute, the following conditions must be observed:
· the referee is informed before any proposed substitution is made
· a substitute only enters the field of play after the player being replaced has left and after receiving a signal from the referee
· a substitute only enters the field of play at the halfway line and during a stoppage in the match
· a substitution is completed when a substitute enters the field of play
· from that moment, the substitute becomes a player and the player he has replaced ceases to be a player
· a player who has been replaced takes no further part in the match
· all substitutes are subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the referee, whether called upon to play or not

U7-U8 Division: Substitutions may be made after any team scores a goal, prior to any goal kick, or prior to your own team's throw-in. Substitutions cannot be made prior to any direct, indirect, penalty or corner kick.

U9-U10 Division: Substitutions may be made after any team scores a goal, prior to any goal kick, or prior to your own team's throw-in. Substitutions cannot be made prior to any direct, indirect, penalty or corner kick.


U11-U12 Division: Substitutions may be made after any team scores a goal, prior to any goal kick, or prior to your own team's throw-in. Substitutions cannot be made prior to any direct, indirect, penalty or corner kick.


U-13-U15 Division: Substitutions may be made after any team scores a goal, prior to any goal kick, or prior to your own team's throw-in. Substitutions cannot be made prior to any direct, indirect, penalty or corner kick.


CHANGING THE GOALKEEPER
Any of the other players may change places with the goalkeeper, provided that:
· the referee is informed before the change is made
· the change is made during a stoppage in the match

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS
If a substitute enters the field of play without the referee's permission:
· play is stopped
· the substitute is cautioned, shown the yellow card and required to leave the field
· play is restarted with a dropped ball at the place it was located when play was stopped

If a player changes places with the goalkeeper without the referee's permission before the change is made:
· play continues
· the players concerned are cautioned and shown the yellow card when the ball is next out of play

For any other infringements of this Law:
· the players concerned are cautioned and shown the yellow card

RESTART OF PLAY
If play is stopped by the referee to administer a caution:
· the match is restarted by an indirect free kick, to be taken by a player of the opposing team from the place where the ball was located when play was stopped.

PLAYERS AND SUBSTITUTES SENT OFF
· A player who has been sent off before the kick-off may be replaced only by one of the named substitutes.
· A named substitute who has been sent off, either before the kick-off or after play has started, may not be replaced.

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Law 4. The Player's Equipment
 

SAFETY
A player must not use equipment or wear anything which is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewellery).

BASIC EQUIPMENT
The basic compulsory equipment of a player is:
· a jersey or shirt
· shorts – if thermal undershorts are worn, they are of the same main colour as the shorts
· stockings
· shinguards
· footwear

SHINGUARDS
· are covered entirely by the stockings
· are made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic, or similar substances)
· provide a reasonable degree of protection

GOALKEEPERS
· each goalkeeper wears colours which distinguish him from the other players, the referee and the assistant referees

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS
For any infringement of this Law:
· play need not be stopped
· the player at fault is instructed by the referee to leave the field of play to correct his equipment
· the player leaves the field of play when the ball next ceases to be in play, unless he has already corrected his equipment
· any player required to leave the field of play to correct his equipment does not re-enter without the referee's permission
· the referee checks that the player's equipment is correct before allowing him to re-enter the field of play
· the player is only allowed to re-enter the field of play when the ball is out of play

A player who has been required to leave the field of play because of an infringement of this Law and who enters (or re-enters) the field of play without the referee's permission is cautioned and shown the yellow card.

RESTART OF PLAY
If play is stopped by the referee to administer a caution:
· the match is restarted by an indirect free kick taken by a player of the opposing side, from the place where the ball was located when the referee stopped the match

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Law 5. The Referee
 

THE AUTHORITY OF THE REFEREE
Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he has been appointed.

POWERS AND DUTIES
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enforces the Laws of the Game
· controls the match in co-operation with the assistant referees and, where applicable, with the fourth official
· ensures that the ball meets the requirements of Law 2
· ensures that the players' equipment meets the requirements of Law 4
· acts as timekeeper and keeps a record of the match
· stops, suspends or terminates the match, at his discretion, for any Law infringements
· stops, suspends or terminates the match because of outside interference of any kind
· stops the match if, in his opinion, a player is seriously injured and ensures that he is removed from the field of play
· allows play to continue until the ball is out of play if a player is, in his opinion, only slightly injured
· ensures that any player bleeding from a wound leaves the field of play. The player may only return on receiving a signal from the referee, who must be satisfied that the bleeding has stopped
· allows play to continue when the team against which an offence has been committed will benefit from such an advantage and penalises the original offence if the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time
· punishes the more serious offence when a player commits more than one offence at the same time
· takes disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable and sending-off offences. He is not obliged to take this action immediately but must do so when the ball next goes out of play
· takes action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may at his discretion, expel them from the field of play and its immediate surrounds
· acts on the advice of assistant referees regarding incidents which he has not seen
· ensures that no unauthorised persons enter the field of play
· restarts the match after it has been stopped
· provides the appropriate authorities with a match report which includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players, and/or team officials and any other incidents which occurred before, during or after the match

DECISIONS OF THE REFEREE
The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final. The referee may only change a decision on realising that it is incorrect or, at his discretion, on the advice of an assistant referee, provided that he has not restarted play.

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Law 6. The Assistant Referee
 

DUTIES
Two assistant referees are appointed whose duties, subject to the decision of the referee, are to indicate:
· when the whole of the ball has passed out of the field of play
· which side is entitled to a corner kick, goal kick or throw-in
· when a player may be penalised for being in an offside position
· when a substitution is requested
· when misconduct or any other incident has occurred out of the view of the referee

ASSISTANCE
The assistant referees also assist the referee to control the match in accordance with the Laws of the Game. In the event of undue interference or improper conduct, the referee will relieve an assistant referee of his duties and make a report to the appropriate authorities.

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Law 7. The Duration of the Match
 

PERIODS OF PLAY
The match lasts two equal periods of 45 minutes, unless otherwise mutually agreed between the referee and the two participating teams. Any agreement to alter the periods of play (for example to reduce each half to 40 minutes because of insufficient light) must be made before the start of play and must comply with competition rules.

U7-U8 Division: Each match will consist of four 10 minute quarters.
U9-U10 Division: Each match will consist of four 12 minute quarters.
U11-U12 Division: Each match will consist of four 12 minute quarters.
U-13-U15 Division: Each match will consist of four 12 minute quarters.

HALF-TIME INTERVAL
· Players are entitled to an interval at half-time.
· The half-time interval must not exceed 15 minutes.
· Competition rules must state the duration of the half-time interval.
· The duration of the half-time interval may be altered only with the consent of the referee.

U7-U8 Division: There will be a 5 minute half-time interval, and a 2 minute interval between quarters.
U9-U10 Division: There will be a 5 minute half-time interval, and a 2 minute interval between quarters.
U11-U12 Division: There will be a 5 minute half-time interval, and a 2 minute interval between quarters.
U-13-U15 Division: There will be a 5 minute half-time interval, and a 2 minute interval between quarters.

ALLOWANCE FOR TIME LOST
Allowance is made in either period for all time lost through:
· substitution(s)
· assessment of injury to players
· removal of injured players from the field of play for treatment
· wasting time
· any other cause
The allowance for time lost is at the discretion of the referee.

U7-U8 Division: The game clock will only be stopped for injuries.
U9-U10 Division: The game clock will only be stopped for injuries, and extreme disruptions of play, at the discretion of the Referee.
U11-U12 Division: The game clock will only be stopped for injuries, and extreme disruptions of play, at the discretion of the Referee.
U-13-U15 Division: The game clock will only be stopped for injuries, and extreme disruptions of play, at the discretion of the Referee.

PENALTY KICK
If a penalty kick has to be taken or retaken, the duration of either half is extended until the penalty kick is completed.

EXTRA TIME
Competition rules may provide for two further equal periods to be played. The conditions of Law 8 will apply.

ABANDONED MATCH
An abandoned match is replayed unless the competition rules provide otherwise.

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Law 8. The Start and Restart of Play
 

PRELIMINARIES
· A coin is tossed and the team which wins the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first half of the match.
· The other team takes the kick-off to start the match.
· The team which wins the toss takes the kick-off to start the second half of the match.
· In the second half of the match the teams change ends and attack the opposite goals.

KICK-OFF
A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:
· at the start of the match
· after a goal has been scored
· at the start of the second half of the match
· at the start of each period of extra time, where applicable
A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off.

PROCEDURE
· all players are in their own half of the field
· the opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play (and outside of the center circle)
· the ball is stationary on the centre mark
· the referee gives a signal
· the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward
· the kicker does not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player After a team scores a goal, the kick-off is taken by the other team.

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS
If the kicker touches the ball a second time before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
For any other infringement of the kick-off procedure:
· the kick-off is retaken

DROPPED BALL
A dropped ball is a way of restarting the match after a temporary stoppage which becomes necessary, while the ball is in play, for any reason not mentioned elsewhere in the Laws of the Game.

PROCEDURE
The referee drops the ball at the place where it was located when play was stopped. Play restarts when the ball touches the ground.

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS
The ball is dropped again:
· if it is touched by a player before it makes contact with the ground
· if the ball leaves the field of play after it makes contact with the ground, without a player touching it

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
A free kick awarded to the defending team inside its own goal area is taken from any point within the goal area.

An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team in its opponents' goal area is taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
A dropped ball to restart the match after play has been temporarily stopped inside the goal area takes place on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when play was stopped.

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Law 9. The Ball In and Out of Play
 

BALL OUT OF PLAY
The ball is out of play when:
· it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air
· play has been stopped by the referee

BALL IN PLAY
The ball is in play at all other times, including when:
· it rebounds from a goalpost, crossbar or corner flagpost and remains in the field of play
· it rebounds from either the referee or an assistant referee when they are on the field of play

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Law 10. The Method of Scoring
 

GOAL SCORED
A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of the Laws of the Game has been committed previously by the team scoring the goal.

WINNING TEAM
The team scoring the greater number of goals during a match is the winner. If both teams score an equal number of goals, or if no goals are scored, the match is drawn.

COMPETITION RULES
For matches ending in a draw, competition rules may state provisions involving extra time, or other procedures approved by the International F.A. Board to determine the winner of a match

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Law 11. Offside (rule)
 

OFFSIDE POSITION
It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position.
A player is in an offside position if:
· he is nearer to his opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent
A player is not in an offside position if:
· he is in his own half of the field of play, or
· he is level with the second last opponent, or
· he is level with the last two opponents

U7-U8 Division: Only blatant offsides (goalhanging) will be called at this age level.

OFFENCE
A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:
· interfering with play, or
· interfering with an opponent, or
· gaining an advantage by being in that position

NO OFFENCE
There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:
· a goal kick or
· a throw-in or
· a corner kick

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS
For any offside offence, the referee awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

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Law 12. Fouls and Misconduct
 

Fouls and misconduct are penalized as follows:

DIRECT FREE KICK
A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following six offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
· kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
· trips or attempts to trip an opponent
· jumps at an opponent
· charges an opponent
· strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
· pushes an opponent
A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following four offences:
· tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball
· holds an opponent
· spits at an opponent
· handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
A direct free kick is taken from where the offence occurred.

PENALTY KICK
A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above ten offences is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play.

U7-U8 Division: There are no penalty kicks at this age level... play will restart with a Direct or Indirect kick, as decided by the Referee.

INDIRECT FREE KICK
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player, in the opinion of the referee, commits any of the following three offences:
· plays in a dangerous manner
· impedes the progress of an opponent
· prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands
An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any of the following five offences:
· takes more than six seconds while controlling the ball with his hands, before releasing it from his possession
· touches the ball again with his hands after it has been released from his possession and has not touched any other player
· touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate
· touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate
· wastes time
The indirect free kick is taken from where the offence occurred.

DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

CAUTIONABLE OFFENCES
A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following seven offences:
1. is guilty of unsporting behaviour
2. shows dissent by word or action
3. persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
4. delays the restart of play
5. fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick
6. enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee's permission
7. deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee's permission

PeeWee Division: A player cautioned by the Referee with a yellow card shall be substituted for immediately. The cautioned player may return to the field at the next legal substitution.
MiniNovice Division: A player cautioned by the Referee with a yellow card shall be substituted for immediately. The cautioned player may return to the field at the next legal substitution.
Novice Division: A player cautioned by the Referee with a yellow card shall be substituted for immediately. The cautioned player may return to the field at the next legal substitution.
Senior Division: A player cautioned by the Referee with a yellow card shall be substituted for immediately. The cautioned player may return to the field at the next legal substitution.

SENDING-OFF OFFENCES
A player is sent off and shown the red card if he commits any of the following seven offences:
1. is guilty of serious foul play
2. is guilty of violent conduct
3. spits at an opponent or any other person
4. denies an opponent a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
5. denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player's goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
6. uses offensive, insulting or abusive language
7. receives a second caution in the same match.

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Law 13. Free Kicks
 

TYPES OF FREE KICKS
Free kicks are either direct or indirect.
For both direct and indirect free kicks, the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken and the kicker does not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player.

THE DIRECT FREE KICK
· if a direct free kick is kicked directly into the opponents' goal, a goal is awarded
· if a direct free kick is kicked directly into the team's own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team
-Other players must remain 10 yards from the ball

THE INDIRECT FREE KICK
· if a direct free kick is kicked directly into the opponents' goal, no goal is awarded unless a (different) player from the kicking team touched it first.
· if a direct free kick is kicked directly into the team's own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team
-Other players must remain 10 yards from the ball

SIGNAL
The referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising his arm above his head. He maintains his arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has touched another player or goes out of play.

BALL ENTERS THE GOAL
A goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal.
· if an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the opponents' goal, a goal kick is awarded
· if an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the team's own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team

POSITION OF FREE KICK

FREE KICK INSIDE THE PENALTY AREA
Direct or indirect free kick to the defending team:
· all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball
· all opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play
· the ball is in play when it is kicked directly beyond the penalty area
· a free kick awarded in the goal area is taken from any point inside that area

Indirect free kick to the attacking team:
· all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play, unless they are on their own goal line between the goalposts
· the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves
· an indirect free kick awarded inside the goal area is taken from that part of the goal area line which runs parallel to the goal line, at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred

FREE KICK OUTSIDE THE PENALTY AREA

· all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play
· the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves
· the free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS
If, when a free kick is taken, an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance, the kick is retaken. If, when a free kick is taken by the defending team from inside its own penalty area and the ball is not kicked directly into play, the kick is retaken

Free kick taken by a player other than the goalkeeper

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
· a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
· a penalty kick is awarded if the infringement occurred inside the kicker's penalty area

Free kick taken by the goalkeeper


If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball a second time (except with his hands), before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
· a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred outside the goalkeeper's penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred inside the goalkeeper's penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

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Law 14. Penalty Kicks
 

A penalty kick is awarded against a team which commits one of the ten offences for which a direct free kick is awarded, inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play. A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick. Additional time is allowed for a penalty kick to be taken at the end of each half or at the end of periods of extra time.

U7-U8 Division: There are no penalty kicks... play will be restarted with a Direct or Indirect kick, as decided by the Referee.

POSITION OF THE BALL AND THE PLAYERS
The ball:
· is placed on the penalty mark
The player taking the penalty kick:
· is properly identified
The defending goalkeeper:
· remains on his goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked
The players other than the kicker are located:
· inside the field of play
· outside the penalty area
· behind the penalty mark
· at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the penalty mark

THE REFEREE
· does not signal for a penalty kick to be taken until the players have taken up position in accordance with the Law
· decides when a penalty kick has been completed

PROCEDURE
· the player taking the penalty kicks the ball forward
· he does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player
· the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward
When a penalty kick is taken during the normal course of play, or time has been extended at half-time or full time to allow a penalty kick to be taken or retaken, a goal is awarded if, before passing between the goalposts and under the crossbar:
· the ball touches either or both of the goalposts and/or the crossbar, and/or the goalkeeper

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS
If the referee gives the signal for a penalty kick to be taken and, before the ball is in play, one of the following situations occurs:
The player taking the penalty kick infringes the Laws of the Game:
· the referee allows the kick to proceed
· if the ball enters the goal, the kick is retaken
· if the ball does not enter the goal, the kick is not retaken


The goalkeeper infringes the Laws of the Game:
· the referee allows the kick to proceed
· if the ball enters the goal, a goal is awarded
· if the ball does not enter the goal, the kick is retaken
A team-mate of the player taking the kick enters the penalty area or moves in front of or within 9.5 m (10 yds) of the penalty mark:
· the referee allows the kick to proceed
· if the ball enters the goal, the kick is retaken
· if the ball does not enter the goal, the kick is not retaken
A team-mate of the goalkeeper enters the penalty area or moves in front of or within 9.15 m (10 yds) of the penalty mark:
· the referee allows the kick to proceed
· if the ball enters the goal, a goal is awarded
· if the ball does not enter the goal, the kick is retaken
A player of both the defending team and the attacking team infringe the Laws of the Game:
· the kick is retaken

If, after the penalty kick has been taken:
The kicker touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
The kicker deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
· a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
The ball is touched by an outside agent as it moves forward:
· the kick is retaken
The ball rebounds into the field of play from the goalkeeper, the crossbar or the goalposts, and is then touched by an outside agent:
· the referee stops play
· play is restarted with a dropped ball at the place where it touched the outside agent

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Law 15. The Throw In
 

A throw-in is a method of restarting play. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.

A throw-in is awarded:
· when the whole of the ball passes over the touch line, either on the ground or in the air
· from the point where it crossed the touch line
· to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball

PROCEDURE
At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower:
· faces the field of play
· has part of each foot either on the touch line or on the ground outside the touch line
· uses both hands
· delivers the ball from behind and over his head
The thrower may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player.
The ball is in play immediately as it enters the field of play.

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS

Throw-in taken by a player other than the goalkeeper

If, after the ball is in play, the thrower touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the thrower deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
· a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
· a penalty kick is awarded if the infringement occurred inside the thrower's penalty area

Throw-in taken by the goalkeeper

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball a second time (except with his hands), before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
· a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred outside the goalkeeper's penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred inside the goalkeeper's penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If an opponent unfairly distracts or impedes the thrower:
· he is cautioned for unsporting behaviour and shown the yellow card

For any other infringement of this Law:
· the throw-in is taken by a player of the opposing team

U7-U8 Division: At this age level, players will be given two chances to make a proper throw-in.
U9-U10 Division: At this age level, players will be given two chances to make a proper throw-in.

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Law 16. The Goal Kick
 

A goal kick is a method of restarting play. A goal may be scored directly from a goal kick, but only against the opposing team.

A goal kick is awarded when:
· the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10

PROCEDURE
· the ball is kicked from any point within the goal area by a player of the defending team
· opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play
· the kicker does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player
· the ball is in play when it is kicked directly beyond the penalty area

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS
If the ball is not kicked directly into play beyond the penalty area the kick is retaken.

Goal kick taken by a player other than the goalkeeper

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
· a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
· a penalty kick is awarded if the infringement occurred inside the kicker's penalty area

Goal kick taken by the goalkeeper

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
· a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred outside the goalkeeper's penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred inside the goalkeeper's penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

For any other infringement of this Law the kick is retaken.

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Law 17. The Corner Kick
 

A corner kick is a method of restarting play. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team.

A corner kick is awarded when:
· the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10

PROCEDURE
· the ball is placed either on or inside the corner arc at the nearest corner flagpost
· the corner flagpost is not moved
· opponents remain at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play
· the ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team
· the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves
· the kicker does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player

INFRINGEMENTS/SANCTIONS

Corner kick taken by a player other than the goalkeeper

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball a second time (except with his hands), before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
· a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
· a penalty kick is awarded if the infringement occurred inside the kicker's penalty area

Corner kick taken by the goalkeeper

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
· a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred outside the goalkeeper's penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
· an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred inside the goalkeeper's penalty area, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred

For any other infringement, the kick is retaken.

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