AYSO Region 213
Under-12 Division

Practices and Season Format

Coaches can have up to two 1-hour practices per week.

Scores are reported and standings are kept. The two top teams continue after the Fall Season into Area 11Q post-season play.

Assuming the number of teams (indicated in parentheses) remains the same, the season will be formatted as closely as possible to the following formats:

B-12 (10 teams)

Pre-Season: The first week will be a "pre-season" game which does not count toward standings. Pre-season games are not for seeding and the teams playing each other will face each other in the Regular Season.

Regular Season: The Regular Season will be nine (9) games.

Playoffs: Semi-final games will be played in the morning of November 17 based on the following standings at the end of the Regular Season: 1st will play 4th in Semi-final game 1 and 2nd will play 3rd in Semi-final game 2. The winners of the Semi-final games will play in the Final in the afternoon of November 17.

G-12 (6 teams)

Regular Season: Every team will play the other teams in the division twice for a total of ten (10) Regular Season games. All Regular Season games will count toward the standings.

Playoffs: The first and second place teams at the end of the Regular Season will play in the Final.

Game setup and Guidelines

The following guidelines include the only elements of the Laws of the Game that apply to the AYSO Short Sided Game Program for U-9 and U10:

The Field:

The field size for U-12 games is 100 yds long and 50 yds wide (max). And, markings shall be in accordance with the Laws of the Game.

The Ball:

A size 4 ball is used for U-12 games.

The Players:

There will be nine per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper. 12 maximum on roster.

Substitutions are approximately halfway through each half, at halftime and for injuries. Each player will play a minimum of half of the game and no player can play the entire game until everyone has played three fourths of the game.

Duration of Game:

Two thirty (30) minute halves with a one (1) minute substitution break at a normal stoppage in play approximately halfway through each half. The referee does not stop their watch for substitution breaks. Substitution breaks halfway through each half are to conduct substitutions only - they are not a time for coaches to give instructions. The Referee may add additional time to ensure players receive thirty (30) minutes of playing time. However, games must start on time and referees might have to shorten playing time to put a schedule back on track. The halftime break is 5 -10 minutes.

Referee, assistant referees and Club Linesmen:

The referee and assistant referees must be a certified regional referee or above. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.