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Play Date Rules

  1. U8-9 will play 7 v7 (6 and Goalie).  U10-11 will play 9v9 (8 and Goalie).
  2. Games will be two 18-20 minute halves with a 5 minute break. Please make sure that your team is ready to play at the scheduled time and clears the field immediately after the end of the game. Play Date events are run on a tight centralized schedule.
  3. All games will be played on a U8-U11 appropriate size field. General guidelines given to hosting clubs are 70×40, but sometimes the fields can be slightly smaller or larger. Appropriate size goals are available in most Play Date events.
  4. A list of accepted teams will be posted online and schedules will be provided, also online, five days prior to the Play Date event.
  5. Games will be scheduled on a Sunday – Team must play all three games scheduled for the day.
  6. All teams will need USCS player passes (mandatory) and a printed roster (optional) in order to play. Please read ’Check in Procedures’ for more details. No guest players allowed.
  7. All throw-ins must be done correctly, but at the discretion of the referee a re-throw can be granted.
  8. Penalty kicks will be allowed.
  9. All major and technical fouls will be enforced resulting in direct free kick or indirect free kick as appropriate.
  10. Offside will be enforced.
  11. Either team may substitute on any stoppage, subject to the referee’s approval.
  12. Goal kicks may be taken from any point within the penalty box in order to keep the game flowing, unless both coaches agree otherwise in advance with the referee.
  13. All efforts will be made to place teams in the appropriate bracket of play, but in the event of an uneven game, please try to avoid running up the score.  Keep the spirit of good sportsmanship throughout the day with an emphasis on safety and player development.
  14. No trophies will be awarded at Play Date events.
  15. Referees, while respecting the Laws of the Game, will do their best to keep the game flowing, simple and fun.