Rules

Mini and mid-size soccer is soccer for children The goal is to attempt to put the game into perspective and to make the soccer experience as wholesome as possible for Canadian children. It is not merely a set of rules, but also a philosophy or approach that emphasizes participation, action, skill development, effort, cooperation, friendship, fair play, enjoyment, moderate competition, positive adult behaviour. The rule differences between Mini/Mid-size soccer and regulation play relate to size of the field, size of the ball, goal areas, number of players, duration of play, and elimination of offside.
 
Every year we have questions from players and parents about specific rules & policies. Please click the link for the club policy if one of these applies to you:
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U4-U5 teams:

U4 & U5 will participate in a variety of activity centers each night. Formal games will not be played. The only rule is to have fun!

U6-U10 teams:

Click here for the rules specific to U6 Field Rules

Click these links for a quick U8 rules overview or for the full U8 Field Rules and remember the Retreat Line Rule

Click these links for a quick U10 Rules overview or for the full U10 Field Rules and remember the Retreat Line Rule

U12 teams:

This simplified document gives a quick U12 Rules overview. Games conform to the  FIFA standard rules with some exceptions which can be found in the document Differences between 9v9 and 11v11 games as well as a clarification document about the Retreat Line

These are also used in conjunction with age specific NDS rules

U13 to U18 teams:

conform to the  FIFA standard rules in conjunction with age specific NDS rules.  Additional  cup rules apply during Cup competition.

Adult league teams:
play according to OSA rules in conjunction with FIFA standards.

Summary of House League Divisional rules

Division

Ball Size

# players for game

Half Length

Subbing

Offside

Corner Kicks

Throw in/ Pass in

Retreat Line

Game Sheet

U4/U5

3

3v3 (no keeper)

15 min total

On the fly

NO

NO

Pass

N/A

N/A

U6

3

3v3 (no keeper)

20 mins

On the fly

NO

NO

Pass

N/A

N/A

U8

4

5v5

20 mins

With permission at any stoppage in play

NO

NO

Pass

1/2 Line

Each coach brings & gives to referee

U10

4

7v7

25 mins

With permission at any stoppage in play

NO

YES

Pass

1/3 field

Each coach brings & gives to referee

U12

4

9v9

35 mins

With permission from referee

YES

YES

Throw

1/3 field

Each coach brings & gives to referee

U15

5

11v11

40 mins

With permission from referee

YES

YES

Throw

NO

Each coach brings & gives to referee

16+

5

11v11

45 mins

With permission from referee

YES

YES

Throw

NO

Each coach brings & gives to referee