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In House Development Soccer Laws of the Game

NRASL – Laws of the Game – In‐House

Law 1—Field of Play  
Sizes of fields, goals, lines, etc. are space dependent and may be non‐conforming for some age groups 

Law 2—Ball Size  
Size 3 ball- Tots and U5/U6 Academy 
Size 4 ball- U8 (U7/8) and U11 (U9/10/11)
Size 5 ball-U14 (U13/14)

Law 3—Players 
U8(U7/8) – 4v4 No goalie 
U11 (U9/10/11) – 7v7 including goalie 
U14 (U13/14) – 9 v 9including goalie 

Player Substitutions 
Any substitutions should occur ONLY when permission granted by the referee during a momentary pause (but
clock running) in action from a throw‐in, goal kick, or restart.   
Play continues on the referee’s whistle once the exiting players are off the field.  

Law 4 – Players Equipment  
Shin guards are required
Socks over shin guards are required to secure the shin guards in place
-Cleats and Tennis‐shoes are allowed
Goalies should be differentiated with goalie shirts or pinnies  

Law 7 – Duration of the Match 
U8 and U11—12 minute quarters. 2 minute breaks between quarters. 5 minute half break. (57min) 
U14—28 minute halves. 5 minute half break. (64min) 
Referee is in sole control over the clock. 
Game Clock should only be stopped by the referee for significant injury, weather, rare instance of goalie
substitution, and to consult with a NRASL Board Member.  

Law 8 – Start and Restart of Play 
Coaches and Referee determine who gets 1st kick and which team gets which goal. 
Start the ball at midfield circle after a goal. 
Start the ball at midfield circle at the beginning of each quarter.  
If, while the ball is still in play, the referee is required to stop play temporarily for any reason not mentioned
elsewhere in the Laws of the Game, the match is restarted with a dropped ball. 
Referee may choose to restart match without favoring attacking or defending teams with a drop ball 

Law 9 – Ball in and 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 
The ball is in play at all other times, including when: It rebounds off a goalpost, crossbar or corner flag post and
remains in the field of play; It rebounds off either the referee or an assistant referee when they are on the field
of play 

Law 10—Scoring  
No Keeping Score 
If a player asks the score, say ‘there is no score – have fun’ 

Law 11—Offsides  
No offside rules in effect except for U14 games. 
In U14, call only the OBVIOUS offsides 

Law 12—Fouls and Misconduct 
No Direct Free Kicks  
No Penalty Kicks 
100% Misconduct Enforcement  
The referee may feel that a player is so excessive with their violent conduct / serious foul play, that the referee
temporally suspends play and stops clock. 
The referee will seek out a NRASL board member to consult about an ejection 
- Ask the players to stay on the field take a knee 
- Ejected players can be replaced by the offending team and the game and clock resume 

Sending‐off (ejection) Offenses Examples 
Serious foul play 
Violent conduct 
Spitting at an opponent or any other person 
Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures 
A COACH maybe sent off if he/she commits:  
Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures. (Go to concession stand and get a board
member if this occurs)

Law 13—Free Kicks  
Only Indirect Free Kicks, no Direct Free Kicks or Penalty kicks
A goal can be scored off an indirect free kick 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 to the defenders 
Free Kick Inside the Penalty Area 
- Indirect free kick to the defending team: 
- Indirect free kick to the attacking team: 
- All opponents must be at least 8 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 

Free Kick Outside the Penalty Area (Most Common) 

- All opponents must be at least 8 yds from the ball until it is in play 
- The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves 

Law 15—Throw‐ins  
Allow player to rethrow in the ball if the player does not do it correctly on the initial attempt of the throw‐in. 
The referee shall explain the proper method before allowing the player to re‐throw. 

Law 16—Goal Kicks  
Goal kick may be taken anywhere within the goal box area 
If any player plays the ball before it leaves the penalty box area, a goal kick shall be retaken 

Law 17—Corner Kicks  
To be taken from the corner where the touchline and goal line meet 
8 yard separation 
A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick

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