2018-2019 Season: Under-9 (U9) is for players with 2010 birthdates and Under-10 (U10) is for players with 2009 birthdates. For more information see the Recreation Programs.
U9/U10 Game Standards Chart
# of players
2 x 25 min
7 v 7
6.5' x 18.5'
Games will be 7v7 (six field players plus a goalkeeper).
Addition of a "buildout line." The buildout line is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the buildout line. Once the opposing team is behind the buildout line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can then cross the buildout line and play resumes.
Punting the ball is not allowed, as this would defeat the purpose of the buildout line and reduce the opportunity to play out of the back in an unpressured setting.
Offside may be used in MAYSA league games.
No intentional headers allowed. As part of the U.S. Soccer Player Safety Initiative, heading the ball is not allowed in leagues with players 10 and under. Rule: "When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue."