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BSA Soccer Rules

Feb 27, 2018 4:38 PM
Tasha Foy

Rules

BSA 2020-21 Rule Summary

1) All kick-offs are indirect kicks. You cannot score off a kick-off. 

2) Dangerous play is not allowed. See below for explanation.

Indirect Kicks:

a) Player is on the ground and the opponent is near. Players on the ground can not play the ball. Referee judgment. 

b) Slide kicking: A player slides to kick the ball. 

Direct Kicks:

a) High kicks: A kick that is above the waist AND another player is quite close. Referee judgment.

b) Low header: A player attempts to head the opponent trying to kick the ball. 

c) Slide tackle: A player slides into another player trying to get the ball. 

d) The referee has judgment to call other types of play dangerous and call fouls at their discretion. 

e) Kicking the ball while the keeper has possession of the ball. Keeper must control the ball. 

f) Player jumps at, charges, or pushes another player. 

3) No pushing or tripping is allowed. 3rd grade and up: Players will be given ONE warning. They will be removed from the game on 2nd offense.

4) Equipment:

a) Shin guards are REQUIRED - even for practice.

b) Absolutely no jewelry is allowed. This includes earrings, rings, bracelets, wristbands, barrettes, necklaces, or any other items the referee or coaches feel could cause injury to the player or other players. We do allow taping over stud earrings. 

c) No toe cleats are allowed. Some refer to these as baseball cleats. Cleats are not required. 

5) Handball has to be deliberate or give the player an advantage. If the hand is against the body for protection (example: face) then, a hand ball foul occurred.

6) Offside: 3rd grade and up

A player is NOT in an offside position if:

a) He is in his own half of the field of play. 

b) No part of the attacking player (head, body, or feet) is closer to the opponents goal than the final defender (not including the goalkeeper). Blatant will be obvious to the center referee as we do not have linesmen. 

c) Player is receiving the ball from a throw-in.

***Players in 3rd grade and below WILL NOT be throwing in this year due to COVID.  They will kick the ball in.

   

PreK/Kinder

1st

2nd

3rd

4th/5th

6th/7th/8th

Fouls

 

Indirect Only

Indirect Only

Indirect Only

Both direct and Indirect

Both direct and Indirect

Both direct and Indirect

Ball Size

 

3

3

3

4

4

5

Game Time

 

32

40

40

48

50

50

Min/Qtr or Half

 

8/Qtr

10/Qtr

10/Qtr

24/Half

25/Half

25/Half

Max Roster

 

8

8

8

14

14

18

Players on Field (this includes the goalie 3rd and up)

 

3-4 (Coaches will determine)

4

4

7

9

11

Substitutions

 

Qtr/Injury

Qtr/Injury

Qtr/Injury

Any Stoppage

Any Stoppage

Any Stoppage

Offside Enforced

 

NO

NO

NO

Blatant

Blatant

Blatant

Throw In***

 

Retake

Retake

Retake

1 Retake

Loss of Poss

Loss of Poss

Headers

 

NO

NO 

NO

NO 

OK

OK

Goalie

 

NO

NO

NO

YES

YES

YES

 

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