Mini Soccer: All Rules & Regulations
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and in many countries, it is the sport that garners the most passionate support from fans. Soccer is also a less physical sport than American football or hockey, which makes it a good option for youth sports. However, many young players struggle with the full rules of soccer and can become bored when games do not feature the constant action that they see on TV. The smaller version of soccer, called mini soccer, allows children to enjoy all of the fun of soccer without worrying about all of the complex rules.
Mini soccer is a great way to get kids interested in the game. If you want to encourage your child to play football, mini soccer rules are a good place to start.
These variations allow the game to be adapted for players of different ages and abilities. It is not only children who benefit from the changes but coaches and referees as well.
Almost all forms of football have been simplified to make the game easier for youngsters to play. At first, it was just children’s versions of the adult game – five-a-side, six-a-side, and seven-a-side – that were played on smaller pitches with fewer players. But these versions were soon used to introduce teenagers and adults to football too.
As associations realized how beneficial these variations were, they began to use them to teach youngsters how to play soccer – with success. This led to mini soccer, which is now widely accepted as the best way to introduce young people to football. Mini soccer has proved so successful because it allows youngsters to enjoy themselves while developing their skills in a competitive environment.
The Laws of the Game are modified for mini soccer and small-sided football (SSF), depending on the age groups and ability levels of players. The various formats allow children to develop their skills without being intimidated by more experienced or physically stronger opponents. They can learn how to play football and gradually move up through the ranks from mini soccer at the U7 level.
Here we will explain the main mini soccer rules, which are slightly different from regular football rules.
A midway line divides the playing area into two halves. At the halfway point of the halfway line, the center mark is marked. Mini soccer pitches are normally smaller than full-size football pitches, but there is no fixed size for them. The Football Association (FA) recommends that pitches are 40-60 yards wide and 50-80 yards long, but pitches can be smaller than this if necessary.
Pitch markings are in keeping with the full-size game, so you will have the same 18-yard boxes, halfway line, and six-yard boxes that you see on normal pitches.
Goal Area Dimensions
Goals of a smaller size will be used.
Sizes of Balls, Format & Team
- U9 should use a size 4 ball, while U10 and U11 should use a size 4 ball. It must be secure and constructed of leather or another appropriate material.
- 7 v 7 will be the format for U9 and 10. U11 will be played in a 9v9 format.
- The maximum squad size is 14.
- With the referee’s consent, any number of substitutes may be employed at any moment without being mentioned. A player who has been replaced can return to the field to fill in for another player.
- Wherever possible, all team members should receive equal playing time, with the top player receiving the most minutes.
- For each game, a practice recommendation of at least 50% of each player is recommended.
- Goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing jersey and players must wear shin guards.
- The socks must completely cover the shin protectors. Depending on the weather, players must dress appropriately. Shoes that are appropriate for the pitch’s surface must be worn, such as no metal studs on artificial grass pitches.
The Referee’s Jurisdiction
Each match is overseen by a referee who has complete authority to apply the Mini-Soccer Laws to the match to which they have been assigned.
Furthermore, referees should acknowledge that their purpose is to assist players in learning, such as allowing young children to attempt a throw-in a second time if the initial attempt is not within the Laws.
Each game will be split into two halves, each lasting 15 minutes. In knockout games, the winner will be determined by five penalties — no additional time will be played.
You play Mini Soccer with nine players on each side, including the goalkeeper (although it is possible to reduce the number of players in each team if necessary). The FA suggests that games should last between 25 and 30 minutes, split into two halves.
In most Mini Soccer games, each player will play in a particular position on the pitch and stay there for the duration of the game
Getting a Game Started / Restarting a Game
To begin the game and after a goal has been scored, a kick-off is taken in the center of the playing area. In their half of the field, opponents must be five yards away from the ball. It is necessary to play the ball forward. A goal cannot be scored right from the start or restart of play in Mini-Soccer. In football games, throw-ins are commonplace.
- After play has been temporarily halted inside the penalty area, a dropped ball is placed on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the spot closest to where the ball was when play was halted. A dropped ball cannot be used to score a goal. There is no offside.
- As per the Laws of Association Football, normal regulations apply. In Mini Soccer, however, all free kicks are direct. The opposition team receives a free kick if the goalkeeper:-
- It takes more than six seconds for him to let go of the ball.
- After the ball has been released from his/her grip, he/she re-touches it with his/her hands.
- After a teammate had purposefully kicked the ball to him, he touches it with his hands.
- After receiving the ball directly from a player, he or she touches it with his or her hands.
- The free kick should be taken from the penalty area line, parallel to the goal line, at the closest point to the offense for all of these offenses.
- All free kicks must be taken from a distance of five yards from the ball.
- The referee’s decision is final.