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UFC-Academy Rec MLS Playing Rules

United FC Academy Recreational League MLS (4th/5th/6th Grade) Playing Rules

Size #4 ball

5 v 5 (4 Field PLUS Goalkeeper)

All league rules apply with the following modifications:

·         NO penalty kicks

·         NO HEADERS

·         Per US Soccer a BUILD OUT line is now used shown by a dashed line across the field

o    All defensive players must retreat outside this line once the goalkeeper gains possession of the ball

o    Teammates of the goalkeeper may remain inside the Build Out line

o    Once the ball has been played by the goalkeeper out of the penalty area normal play resumes

o    Offside may be called against the attacking team Inside the Build Out line

o    Between the two Build Out lines there is no offside.


·         Punts by the goalkeeper are allowed

·         ALL KICKS ARE INDIRECT - All players must be 4 yards from all restarts

·         THROW-INS ONLY

·         Goal kicks taken from the Penalty Area Line

·         Corner kicks are to be taken form the corner of the field

·         No slide tackling

·         Games are 2 25 minute halves with 5 minutes between halves

·         Kick off from the center following a goal

·         Substitutions can be made on any stoppage of play

·         Each player is required a minimum of 50 percent of the game minutes

·         No Coaches on the field.

·         Referee is used.

·         Coaches and parents may not stand behind the goal

·         No standings kept