06U Guidelines

The 6U division is where players are first introduced to soccer matches. The age of the players can range from 3 to 5 (4 to 5 by the end of the calendar year). In the 6U division, teams meet on Saturday for 25 minutes of training and a 20-minute match (plus a 5-minute halftime break). Teams are not expected to train during the week, but that is a team decision - this will be accommodated if there is enough training space.

The field size for 6U is 30 yards by 15 yards. The size of the field is designed to accommodate matches that are 3 v 3. While some coaches may be tempted to simply put all of their players on the field, there are reasons why this is not allowed:
  • The field becomes too crowded and the flow of the match slows down due to too many bodies
  • Each player on the field has less opportunity to touch the ball
  • More action and scoring opportunities
  • Even the best players will need to sit out, allowing the other members of that team to step up and contribute
Remember, it is not about wins and losses, but about developing the players. Giving the players an opportunity to become involved in the action is the best way for players to improve their skills.

For 6U, one thing we DO NOT DO is have goalkeepers. This is not allowed by AYSO national rules. If a player was to get hurt as a result of being a goalkeeper in the 6U division, AYSO, the region and the coach could be held liable. 

In this division, we do have players perform throw-ins. Prior to the throw-in, the player should be quickly reminded of the proper technique before given the ball. When the player executes the throw-in, if it is done incorrectly simply let play continue.

If there is a foul (e.g. tripping, shoving), all restarts are indirect free kicks. That is, when the free kick is taken, the ball must touch another player before a goal can be scored. If the ball enters the goal without being touched by another player, it is either a goal kick or corner kick, depending on which team kicked the ball into the goal.