10U Guidelines

The 10U division is where players are first introduced to the concept of offside and penalty kicks. The age of the players can range from 7 to 9 (8 to 9 by the end of the calendar year). It is expected that the 10U teams will train twice during the week, but it depends on the availability of the coach. Additional training days can be schedule if there is enough training space.

The field size for 10U is 65 yards by 40 yards. The size of the field is designed to accommodate matches that are 7 v 7. 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 and to try different positions is the best way for players to improve their skills. Any player that plays a quarter as the goalkeeper must play at least one quarter at some other position. Players are limited to only two quarters as a goalkeeper per match.

In having to plan out substitutions, this also develops the coach's ability to strategically plan out the match. After all, not only should the player improve their skills, the coaches abilities will also improve as they gain more coaching experience and handle more complex situations.

In this division, the rules are enforced more strictly. If an improper throw-in is performed, the ball is awarded to the opposing team for a throw-in. At the beginning of season, at the discretion of the referee, an additional chance may be given like in 8U. If the throw-in is performed incorrectly on the 2nd attempt, the results will be a throw-in for the opposing team.

When the keeper controls the ball, or when a goal kick is to be taken, the opponents must back up to the build-out line. The build-out line will either be a painted line half way between the half line and the penalty box, or cones will be placed along the touch line to indicate the location. Keepers are not allowed to punt or drop-kick the ball - the ball must be distributed by either throwing it or placing it on the ground and kicking it. Please note that once the ball is release by the keeper (either thrown or placed on the ground), it is in play. In the case of a goal kick, the opponents are not allowed to cross the build-out line until the ball has exited the penalty box. If an opposing player crosses the build-out line and interferes with play when the keeper is in the process of releasing the ball, an indirect free kick is awarded at the build-out line to the team that was in possession of the ball. If this violation occurs on a goal kick, the goal kick is retaken.

Coaches should instruct their players that when they see the keepers hands near the ball, they should stop their attack. We want to make sure that keepers are not injured. If the ball subsequently bounces away from the keeper, they can resume their attach.