AYSO Region 213
Under-9 and Under-10 Divisions

Practices and Season Format

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

Scores are reported and standings are kept. Standings are determined by the sum of Game Points and Referee Points (equal to Total Points).

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-9 (7 teams)

Regular Season: The Regular Season will be twelve (12) games. Referee Points are earned throughout the entire season.

Playoffs: No playoffs in this division. Standings will be determined by Total Points for all Regular Season games.

B-10 (10 teams)

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

Playoffs: Semi-final games will be played in on November 10 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.

Consolation Games: The Region has decided to offer consolation round games during the last two (2) weeks to give all teams additional games to play during the season. The format is:

Nov-10: 5th vs 10th; 6th vs 9th; and, 7th vs 8th

Nov-17:  Loser of 1st vs 4th against Loser of 5th vs 10th; Winner of 5th vs 10th against Loser of 2nd vs 3rd; Loser 6th vs 9th against Loser 7th vs 8th; Winner 6th vs 9th against Winner 7th vs 8th.

G-9 (6 teams) and G-10 (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.

Consolation Games: We have added another game for all teams in the consolation round on November 17 as follows: 3rd will play 6th and 4th will play 5th.

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-9 and U-10 games is 80 yards long, 40 yards wide (max).

The Markings:

The markings on the field are pre-determined by the city or Irvine Unified School District. Fields will be used "as marked" and the field layout will not be changed by the referee or the coaches. In general, the markings should be:
  • Distinctive lines recommended (all fields are marked by the city and will be used "as is").
  • Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal lines.
  • Center circle with a eight-yard radius in the center of the field.
  • Corner arcs with a one-yard radius at each corner of the field.
  • Goal area in front of each goal measuring 6 x 15 yards.
  • Penalty area in front of each goal measuring 14 x 30 yards.
  • Penalty mark ten yards from the goal line.
  • Penalty arc extending in a eight-yard radius from the penalty mark.

The Goals:

Maximum seven feet high and seven yards (twenty-one fee) wide.

The Ball:

A size 4 ball is used for U-9 and U-10 games.

The Players:

There will be at least five (5) and no more than seven (7) players per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper. Nine players on the roster (although the division commissioner can decide to place up to ten players on a roster with the Regional Commissioner's approval).

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 twenty-five (25) minute halves with a one (1) minute substitution at a normal stoppage in play approximately halfway through the half. Time does not stop for substitution break. 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 twenty-five (25) 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.

The Start of Play:

The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field. Referees determine which team starts the game with a coin flip and the opposing team starts the second half. Opponents must be eight yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Fouls & Misconduct

Opponents must be eight yards from the ball on restart kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs.

Referee, Assistant Referees and Club Linesmen:

AYSO certified Basic Referees (or higher) are required for U-9 and older games. If no certified referee registers to conduct the match prior to 6 PM the day before the scheduled match, then the match is canceled and both teams will receive no Game Points and no Referee Points for that week.

The referee should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.

If available, qualified assistant referees should be used to assist the referee. 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.